Cybersecurity in 2020
Human beings continue to be the weak link within IT ecosystems. Lack of information and training on cybersecurity challenges most often turns employees into unknowing accomplices of cyber criminals.
The effort and investment put into training must be increased proportionally to the threat. Employees must understand that they are an active prevention vector in the cybersecurity system in organizations.
Here, in early 2020, are a few thoughts on how we can rise to the threat of cybercrime and the role companies such as Atempo play a role in this arena.
Technology needs to evolve, Artificial Intelligence (AI) can play a role
Security should not be detrimental to the comfort of use. The case of air travel is the example to shun. Security has deteriorated the “traveler experience” to unacceptable levels. Technology should therefore evolve to protect people and organizations to offer them the best of the digital world.
This requires that the proposed solutions are extremely sophisticated, so that they don’t take away from the user experience when using digital applications and tools. The complexity must therefore be hidden.
The increasing use of AI appears to be an effective solution to detect weak signals of all forms of threat. Education is the second essential part, because for new and sophisticated attacks, AI will almost certainly offer probabilities and decisions and/or remediation options.
Vendors need to encourage cybersecurity specialist recruitment
Cybersecurity suffers from its own negative image. Everyone agrees that the discipline is of interest, but it seems too abstract and elitist to become an attractive specialization for software and hardware vendors and managed service providers.
Communication on the strengths of the sector should be initiated: the variety of trades and careers, the high intellectual interest, the sense of action for employees who are working for sovereign digital markets etc… Cybersecurity professions are as diverse as in any other activity: Market studies, product design, development, marketing and special offers, victim support and prevention actions etc…
As data has become the main asset in the new economy, cybersecurity is now a buoyant sector that offers attractive pay, exciting jobs at the crossroads of Big Data and AI. It is at the heart of the concerns in the most innovative sectors of the century: media, driverless cars, financial and service platforms, remote medicine, genomic research, not to mention life sciences and environmental protection. The sector has lots of strengths, but it suffers from a lack of communication and the multidisciplinary education organized around the subject.
What to expect in terms of cyberattacks and defense in 2020
Cyberattacks will become increasingly commonplace and occupy a significant position in state military arsenals and budgets. Cybercriminal activity will also become an increasingly important part of organized crime and of enemies of the state, firstly because of its profitability, and secondly because these activities are relatively unpunished. As connected objects are multiplying, they will also become one of the priority targets for cybercriminals.
Atempo recommends that cybersecurity managers look at the user experience, to exactly understand the use that is made of digital tools in their organization and implement the least intrusive and least restrictive preventive and curative solutions for the users. They need to be empowered to have an actual veto on the purchase of solutions in order to privilege the adequate solution, one that does not forget the rampart of backup and disaster recovery.
Atempo in 2020
2020 is off to a very good start as Atempo is announced in the coveted French Tech 120 list of high-growth start-ups and scale-ups. This would appear to underpin the sentiment that indefatigable cybersecurity efforts are encouraged by customers and media interest. Atempo’s three main solutions – Lina, Tina and Miria obtained the UAF label in 2019 (“As Used by French Armed Forces”). The company is also waiting on the coveted France Cybersecurity Label and teams will be present at the upcoming FIC (International Cybersecurity Forum) in France in late January.
Atempo solutions have been enhanced with new features to meet modern data protection challenges, the explosion in data volumes, Cloud hybridization and hyper active cybercriminal industry. And lastly, one year after its creation, Nextino, the Atempo-Wooxo group Artificial Intelligence research center will reveal its first developments that will be embedded in the Miria platform: the backup, archival and migration solution for Big Data.
This is the first building block that will highlight the contribution of analytics, machine learning, deep machine learning and artificial intelligence for data management, protection and migration solutions for large and very large volumes of data.