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15 May 2015

Cybersecurity

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Companies increasingly require the services of computer security experts. The amount of data shared on the net is growing exponentially and it has become imperative for companies to tighten their security methods in order to avoid being hacked.

Cyber attacks of all kinds are problematic for public administrations, companies and citizens. They are becoming increasingly relevant as more and more people fall victim to these crimes which are causing havoc in the today’s hyper-connected society.

There are many contributing factors to the proliferation of illegal activity in cyberspace. Easy access, low cost of tools used to carry out such attacks and the ease in which these attacks can be hidden make it possible for these activities to take place anywhere whilst the perpetrator remains anonymous. The hackers exploit technological vulnerabilities and gather information to threaten the functioning of a country’s basic services.

Cybercrime can happen on a large scale or small scale and this new millennium crime can affect anyone. A hacker can crack our banking passwords and use our cards. On a global scale, hackers can uncover data which can jeopardize the proper functioning of society.

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The objectives of cybersecurity are simply to minimize the vulnerability of ICT/SCI systems, protect data and assure the continuity of the business or service to the customer/citizen.

To combat this type of crime, a business process management based strategy can help to detect possible attacks. The cybersecurity strategy can consist of processes and each detected attack or incident can be stored and recorded. Furthermore, the possibility of connecting an iBPMS to Internet of Things facilitates the detection of such attacks, since each and every connection to any device would be registered.

Here are some examples of processes which can be automated to prevent cyber attacks:

  • Unknown IP address blocking.
  • Virus warnings to stop the infection of more devices.
  • Encryption certificate.
  • Automatic data backup.
  • Notice of a security breach to the hosting server.
  • Notice of the source of the attack to the internet provider.
  • Password changes.
  • External connection blocking.

Nowadays it is essential to have preventative security measures in place instead of reactive measures, as is often the case. We must assume that our system will fall victim to an attack, therefore we must iron out all vulnerabilities and ensure that we can resist any type of cyber attack without interrupting the daily activity of our organization.