What Cyber Immunity Is and Why You Need It

The truth is that no matter how much effort and training, and money you put into protecting your organization from cyberattacks, there is no way to fend them off 100%. Cybercriminals can always make their way through—it’s just a matter of how much effort they will need to exert to get past your defenses. For this reason, the concept of cyber immunity is growing in popularity.

What Is Cyber Immunity?

The concept of digital immunity has been around for a few years. More recently, it has been developed into the concept of cyber immunity. Cyber immunity is based on the notion of immunity, defined by Oxford Languages as the state or quality of being resistant to a particular infectious disease or pathogen.

In the case of a cyberattack, a company wants immunity against such an attack by deterring it. This can be done by making an attack unprofitable for the cybercriminal, so it isn’t worth their time and effort.

How Cyberimmunity Works

For the best protection, cyber immunity should work alongside cybersecurity. It is still important to ensure you have all aspects of cybersecurity, such as strong passwords, employee training, secure firewalls, and software with the latest versions and patches installed. Cyber immunity then takes this one step further by adding an element of automation.

With the threat landscape growing yearly, there is a lot for a single administrator or even a team of administrators to watch. Using artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) makes it possible always to monitor all digital systems and networks.

The algorithms established can then produce a baseline of activity for a network. Once this has been done, any patterns that occur that lie outside this baseline behavior are flagged for a human to take a closer look at.

The Benefits of Cyberimmunity

Not only does cyberimmunity reduce the instances of cyberattacks from occurring in the first place, but it also:

  • Reduces human error
  • Can scale with the changing size of the threat landscape
  • Can connect the network to other networks and devices without the need to add additional security functions
  • Supports the growing partnership between Operational Technology (OT) and Information Technology (IT)

How to Develop Cyberimmunity

Developing cyberimmunity requires you to:

  • Develop a clear understanding of your security objectives.
  • Define the conditions under which your cyberimmunity system will operate.
  • Ensure the cyberimmunity solution is separated into isolated security domains.
  • Carefully control the flow of information between the various security domains and the types of interactions permitted.

Contact Platinum Technologies today to find out how we can help you reduce your risk of cyberattack.

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