‘Automation a must in Cybersecurity’: Expert


Saudi Gazette

Many organizations tend to lack the skillsets to respond efficiently as it’s not enough to simply detect a cyber threat, according to a cybersecurity expert.

‘Organizations believe that a firewall or anti-virus will immediately protect their systems,’ says Jason Mical, vice president of endpoint products at Fidelis Cybersecurity. ‘They think they’re safe until their wall starts crumbling and then they don’t know how to respond. They don’t know how to protect it or prevent a cyberattack in the first place.’

Such threats are not new, he explains, as ransomwares and hackers are now finding vulnerabilities they can exploit successfully.

With the rise of the internet of things and digital transformation, they pose a risk to not only computers but also home appliances, smart devices, TVs and even vehicles that now have IP addresses.

‘If recent attacks like WannyCry and Petya have taught us anything, it is that traditional security defences are no longer capable of combatting modern cyber-attacks and protecting organisations’ most sensitive data,’ says Mical. ‘Security teams without complete visibility across networks and endpoints don’t have the capability to prevent and detect threats, and the automation to maximize resources.’

Fidelis Cybersecurity, that has customers in the defense, government, and banking sectors in Saudi Arabia, designed its latest platform Fidelis Elevate with endpoint visibility to detect threats. Its automated detection and response capability aims to ensure protection from security incidents. A security team triages, investigates, remediates, and analyses security incidents.

In an event of an attack, security teams need to know if the attack reached the target, the activation of the attack, and what happened prior to and after the attack.

‘Investing in detection response and recovery is an area that is usually overlooked by leaders of an organization’, says Roland Daccache, regional sales engineer at Fidelis Cybersecurity. ‘Awareness is generally low among businesses.’

However, small businesses are equally vulnerable as large enterprises. ‘Anyone that has information is at risk,’ says Daccache. ‘There are hundreds of incidents on a weekly basis that target small businesses but don’t reach headlines in the news. If the hacker thinks the big fish in the pond is not accessible, they target smaller fish that are less protected in their security measures.’