When you think of a cybersecurity program, the image that likely comes to mind is a digital fortress, with a moat and ramparts designed to keep out invaders. And for much of its existence, the industry has indeed operated with a similar mindset — the idea is to strengthen systems, plug the gaps and make sure no unwanted visitors get in.
But in recent years, it’s evident that this model isn’t living up to expectations.
Even the world’s largest companies with the most sophisticated fortresses have suffered major attacks. And because system design typically is in the forefront, before incident response, these attacks often have been more devastating than they needed to be. Case in point: The recent Equifax breach, which showed that even one of America’s “Big Three” credit ratings agencies was wholly unprepared to deal with such an incident.
A paradigm shift is developing in cybersecurity, however. The language is shifting away from the enforcement and battlefield metaphors of yesterday, and instead picking up the kind of terminology you would read in a biology textbook. Forget a tower of impenetrable defense – the goal is becoming the development of a digital immune system.
This shift in strategy is coming in tandem with a movement toward artificial intelligence and machine learning solutions to solve current security shortfalls and a growing shortage of skilled security professionals. Unlike the firewall-centered programs of the past, which aim to harden systems against any threat, machine learning can help a system adapt to actual occurrences and identify anomalous behaviors to root them out.
If your organization still operates under the firewall model, it’s time to get on board with a new, more future-proof approach to defense. While AI still is young, machine learning solutions are on the rise and can start helping you today.
For information about how Lunarline can help you build your cyber immune system, contact Lunarline’s Solutions team today!