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5 ways to use emerging technologies to enhance traditional approaches to cybersecurity


The digital footprint of organisations has expanded like never before amid the pandemic and this had led to increased cybersecurity risks and attacks. As per CERT-In, India alone has witnessed 1.4 million incidents in 2021 and 212,000 incidents in January and February 2022. In order to mitigate cyber risks and improve organisations’ security posture, companies need to adopt a risk-driven cybersecurity program and optimise their cybersecurity investments. With the continuously evolving risk environment, here are some ways to use emerging cybersecurity technologies that will help organisations to navigate securely in 2022.

# Have a better internal and external visibility

With ever-increasing vulnerabilities, organisations must invest in risk-based vulnerability management tools, in order to improve their internal visibility and enhance their operational efficiency. Organisations now need to improve their vulnerability management programs by adopting vulnerability prioritization technologies (VPT), which is the key to effective attack surface reduction. They also need to invest in technologies such as digital risk protection services, cyber threat intelligence, and security risk rating services for the overall external visibility of their assets. 

# Configure a zero trust model

The demand for hybrid work has accelerated the cybersecurity risks. In order to mitigate these risks, organisations must embark on their zero trust journey as a part of their transformation maturity. It is advisable to start with remote access and SASE technologies, micro-segmentation or even identity management tools to mitigate network/operating system or human vulnerabilities.

# Make workspace safe with hybrid cloud security

We have seen a rise in demand when it comes to safer workspace environments. In order to curb the challenges posed by the cyber attackers, organisations must add a layer of security to their architecture, infrastructure, applications and data across multi-cloud and hybrid cloud environments. This will also help organisations utilise their native cloud security controls which include threat detection as a service (TDAS), key management service, web application firewall etc. These solutions also measure compliance across multiple environments such as cloud security posture management (CSPM) DevSecOps and others.

# Get a managed detection and response plan

In the rapidly changing digital environment, traditional security operations are failing to prevent the sophisticated techniques posed by attackers. Therefore, organisations need to adopt managed detection and response (MDR) solutions to help them anticipate and detect complex attacks using AI algorithms. The AI algorithms help to detect and orchestrate a response in near-real-time at scale. Advanced MDR platforms offer multi-vector threat visibility and help break silos by integrating security information within a single platform.

# Implement privacy-enhancing computation (PEC) tools

When there is no protection against the prevention of privacy data breaches, malicious attackers can gain easy access to sensitive data and information without any permission. The PEC tools help protect and secure data and go beyond the traditional “data in transit” and “data at rest” approaches.


Conclusion

With the acceleration of digital transformation and the development of innovative technologies, India has been adversely affected by the rising number of cyberattacks. The adoption of new working environments during the pandemic made the role of cybersecurity even more vital than before. Innovations in cybersecurity are laying new foundations to defend against unwanted attacks on business networks and in order to be able to defend ourselves, we must keep pace with new technologies and their further development.

The article has been written by Satya Machiraju, VP, Information Security, Whatfix

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