Using automation for cyber protection



In an increasingly tech-fuelled world, cyber protection has become ever more important. Cybercrime is rife – and only getting smarter. Combined with a growing emphasis on data protection, the need for robust cybersecurity practices is more pressing than ever.

As the threat grows, it makes sense to use every tool you have at your disposal to promote cyber protection for your business. And automation software is one such tool ready to help.

Here’s how you can levy automation to boost cyber protection.


The rise in need

There’s no question that the importance of cyber protection is only growing. In fact, it’s predicted that the damages of global cybercrime will reach $6 trillion annually by 2021.

In the first half of last year alone, data breaches exposed 4.1 billion records.

According to Verizon, 52% of breaches featured hacking, 28% involved malware, and 32-33% included phishing or social engineering, respectively. So, there are many different angles to cover when it comes to securing your business.

Then, on top of mounting cybercrime is the rise in consumer data awareness. (Thanks to legislation like GDPR.) It all comes together to form a massive emphasis on cyber protection.


Email security

94% of malware is delivered by email. Automation software can act as an email parser, and with the right rules, it can highlight and filter the emails most likely to cause a problem.

You can levy automation software to automatically run a security check on your emails. You can set triggers to sort questionable emails. For example, unknown senders or suspicious keywords in the email body.

Where you have documents emailed to you, you can set up automatic PDF conversions. So, you can boost your security and the storability of those email attachments.


Alerts

Sometimes, things go wrong. When they do, the faster you can put them right, the better. That’s where automated alerts factor into your cyber protection plan.

Automation software can monitor and alert you to unusual activity and critical issues. So, you have a head start on fixing the problem and getting your systems back on track. Before, that is, your security gets compromised further.

Plus, when your automation software detects these issues, that can act as a trigger for automated actions. So, you have automation helping you stay protected before you’ve even looked at the issue.


Data

A classic tenet of cyber protection is encryption. You can set automation software to automatically encrypt and decrypt text and files, based on your triggers. So, your data has an extra level of security, all happening automatically.

Another key security aspect is having a failsafe. That is, back-up plans for when things go wrong. With automation, you can answer this need too. For example, with automated database back-ups, to keep your data safe from loss or corruption.

In fact, you can use automation to help you manage, update, and maintain databases — all automatically. And, with the security risks of outdated software, this can help to strengthen your cyber protection. (Consider, for example, that 60% of breaches in 2019 related to weaknesses that had patches available, but not applied.)


Access

Another core part of strong cyber protection is managing who can access your systems and data — and how secure that access is.

With automation software, you can make rules that set up two-factor authentication. This means that you have an extra barrier against login-related breaches.

Plus, with ThinkAutomation, you can stay free from third party storage services. So, your data is processed only within your databases and systems. ThinkAutomation will run behind your DMZ. So, all your rules, encryptions and data stay secure behind your firewalls.


Automation for cyber protection

Automation software is not an internet security tool. But it is a handy string to your cyber protection bow. With it, you have an extra helping hand keeping your systems, data and business safe and secure.

But don’t just take our word for it. Explore further with a free trial of ThinkAutomation.


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