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Driving Cybersecurity through Human Intellect
Gone are the days when a simple wall of cybersecurity was enough to safeguard online and offline software assets from hackers. The exponential rate at which cyberattackers are deploying sophisticated methodologies to breach through firewalls is not only intriguing, but also alarming.
A recent survey by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) revealedthat agencies these days are not able to detect when large amounts of information leave their networks. Startling but true, the fact that today’s government agencies mostly rely on cloud services, mobile services, and interagency connection points is the real reason of this menace. As traditional security arrangements are optimal for completely digitalized business ecosystems, it becomes extremely difficult for organizations to eradicate infiltrations. Due to the ineffective traditional security measures implemented by agencies, it is extremely formidable for agencies to differentiate between real threats and staff attempting to complete their work.
In a situation where cyber attacks have become rampant and unavoidable, it is necessary to encapsulate security measures with people and data. Agencies should start focusing on developing security solutions which are human-centric, automated, and adaptive. With the incorporation of these efficient security protocols, it will become easier for agencies to understand when and why people access secured information. These security measures will help agencies understand behavioral patterns of people and in turn, agencies will be able to identify anomalies in real time.
Advanced security solutions can have ‘risk scores’ to compute the authenticity of information access. These risk scores may be changed over time to accommodate the implementation of data enforcement policies that are related to an individual’s risk score. In cases of outbreaks, agencies should have proper counter measures in their armor to identify and tackle cyber attackers.
Based on the level of risk, security protocols may be customized. Doing so, these measures will become compatible with relevant users and the amount of information they are allowed to access. Security managers will be able to mitigate phishing attacks, malicious use of agency data, compromised credentials, and other vulnerabilities.