Digital immunity: is it really possible?

Digital immunity: is it really possible?
Digital immunity: is it really possible?

It is important to understand that data is a key tool to compete and win in the future of business, but it is also an Achilles heel for organizations. In Argentina, according to the Global Cybersecurity Outlook study carried out in early 2024, 4 out of 10 companies suffered a cyber attack in the last year. In addition, the figures showed that 54% of organizations do not have sufficient knowledge or preparation to deal with possible cyber vulnerabilities.

These figures are alarming and reveal the need to raise awareness and train about the risks that this type of crime can cause to companies and organizations in various industries.

In this context, one of the main technological trends is digital immune systems (DIS): A combination of practices and technologies that together seek to mitigate as many business risks as possible.

Cybersecurity must be a cross-cutting component in all areas of any organization related to technological services. Nowadays there is no 100% secure scenario, attack surfaces are ever larger, which is why risk mitigation, based on confidentiality, integrity and availability of data and information, is becoming increasingly important.

From observability to self-remediation

It is not just about detecting malware or preventing external attacks, but about protecting applications and services from any type of anomaly, including, for example, a code error in a software program, a server malfunction or a crash. service from a particular cloud provider. The objective: guarantee business continuity and operational resilience from any point of view.

At the core of the DIS are six key concepts, all highly interrelated.

The first is the observability: The evolution of monitoring continuously and intelligently analyzes the entire IT landscape and allows problems to be anticipated to ensure that no problems disrupt the user experience.

Linked to this is the self-remediation: It involves developing context-sensitive monitoring capabilities and automated remediation functions, so that when a problem occurs in an application, the system finds a way to solve it. In addition, it learns as it accumulates cases, so it gains in terms of precision and speed as time goes by.

Thirdly, the testing Powered by artificial intelligence (AI), it complements test automation and enables quality software, even when there has been no human intervention.

The chaos engineering is another of these essential factors: it consists of experimental tests to discover vulnerabilities within the framework of a complex system. Generally speaking, it is first experimented in pre-production environments and then, when enough lessons learned have been accumulated, it is transferred to real operation.

End-to-end benefits

Finally, software supply chain security focuses on the potential attacks with control policies, version analysis, common data and device repositories, or risk management across vendors.

The benefits of a digital immune system range from the ability to operate without real interruptions to a significant decrease in costs associated with maintenance, troubleshooting, or recovery from failures. It is also essential for maintaining the reputation of the business and ensuring users that their data will remain private and protected from end to end.

Despite all that, the main advantage is greater loyalty and more engagement by users and clients, thanks to the improved experience that DIS can provide them; In fact, Gartner itself expects that by 2025 organizations that invest in building digital immunity will increase customer satisfaction as a result of reducing downtime by 80%.

The effort will be worth it: according to Nubiral’s estimates, the time to diagnose a problem could be reduced by up to 80%. In real-life words: enough to avoid a system crash.

Cybersecurity Lead from Nubiral

Source: Ambito

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