New Hybrid Work Places | AI & Machine Learning in Cybersecurity | The Cyber Review

August 14, 2021
Written by Ana R.

The 3 Biggest Mistakes the Board Can Make Around Cyber Security

Making sure organizations are secure from cyber threats is no doubt important. Cyber threats are security incidents that have a negative outcome for the organization.

Following are the three mistakes the board needs to avoid:

1- Downgrading it:

Protecting a business from cyber threats should be a relevant board topic that should be discussed. Cyber threats and attacks are happening every week all across the industry. Since Covid, businesses are dependent on digital services because of that there should be the stability of which is built on cybersecurity practices.

2- Seeing it as an IT problem:

The protection of the business from cyber threats has always been required and for certain people to take action. Reducing it to a tech matter downgrades the subject. It could easily happen in big organizations. Cyber threat has not always been a technological issue.

3- Throwing money at it:

Cybersecurity is not something you can buy, it is something you need to grow. Something which needs to start at the top of the organization through visible. You must invest and nurture it over time.

Examining threats to device security in the hybrid workplace

After a much liked way of working (aka from home), over 60% of businesses are hoping to adopt hybrid working after restrictions. A blend of office and remote work is what most employees want.

The cyber risk of hybrid working:

  • Lost or stolen mobile devices:
  • Lost or stolen paper documents
  • Shoulder surfing/eavesdropping:
  • Insecure Wi-Fi networks

How to mitigate device security risk:

Employee training and awareness: Staff training programs can reduce the risk which includes topics such as password management, social engineering and safe web usage.

Access control policies: Managing large numbers of remote users, user authentication is important. The best practices usually include strong, unique passwords, stored in a password manager, and/or multi-factor authentication 

Device security: All devices themselves should be protected and managed by IT. Strong disk encryption, passcode protection with automatic lockout, regular automatic updates and cloud back-up are all important

The Applied Use of AI & Machine Learning in Cybersecurity

As cyber attackers continue to raise threats, it is important to stay one step ahead to protect data. It is clear new innovations are needed.

Machine Learning in Cybersecurity

Machine learning is the perfect application for cybersecurity. Following are the types of behaviours

  • Network scans
  • Unauthorized  communication attempts
  • Unauthorized  connections
  • Abnormal/malicious credential use
  • Brute force login attempts
  • Unusual data movement
  • Data exfiltration

The Advantage of AI in Cyber Security

It has a lot of potential in cybersecurity. AI systems can be trained to generate alerts for threats for organizations and protect sensitive data for organizations. This helps to reduce the number of alerts each day. Not only do they help find real threats, but they do it much faster than past methods. Keeping network and data security is not easy but it is important to adopt AI to strengthen security infrastructure.