As data breaches become a more imminent and dangerous threat across all sectors, organizations are looking to make cybersecurity processes more manageable. This burden will only increase with the introduction of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Businesses around the world need to comply with the GDPR by May 25, 2018. The clock is ticking and CIOs are overwhelmed with compliance demands in order to avoid penalties, reputational damage, fines, and more.
Some of the obstacle that CIOs are particularly struggling with include:
- Integrated systems consisting of legacy IT and multi-Cloud environments
- Manual processing of data from multiple sources, e.g. email, social media, client records, and financial transactions
- Layers of web data such as IP addresses and cookies, as well as sensitive information including biometric data, religion, sexual orientation, and even political opinions
Advances in artificial intelligence (AI) are helping organizations to manage private information by enhancing visibility and control over geographically dispersed data. With machine learning capabilities, AI systems can help to track, catalog, and analyze data.
Machine learning techniques help to conduct more accurate forensic investigative reporting and improve efforts to achieve GDPR compliance. Automated discovery and recording processes can help to streamline what used to be a time-consuming manual process.
Read about how researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology are creating a detailed, configurable way to record and playback information associated with a cyber attack.
Another development in cybersecurity uses machine learning to identify ‘normal’ activity and differentiate anomalies. Aptly named Darktrace, mathematicians and former British spies developed the AI system at Cambridge University. While AlienVault, NetWatcher, and SS8 claim to provide deep-field defense, Darktrace relies the most on AI capabilities.
Cloud the next line in cybersecurity defense
Some cybersecurity professionals claim the Cloud can help data security initiatives respond more quickly to cyber threats and mitigate business risk rather than relying on integrated legacy systems that are slower and not up to date.
According to Philippe Very, professor of strategic management and head of faculty at EDHEC Business School, the Cloud is a cost-effective method to store data and deter cyber thefts. He says that leading companies in the cloud space, such as Microsoft, Amazon, and Google, should be the most cyber secure in the world – as these big players’ business models would not easily withstand the interruption of a data breach.
Cloud providers that maintain quality practices and information security at the core of their business structure provide value for organizations seeking cybersecurity measures. Microsoft, Amazon, and Google, for instance, have already poured substantial amounts of money into securing their storage infrastructure. Therefore, organizations that need to expend resources on securing storage may look to the Cloud for a secure, all-in-one solution – and use their resources elsewhere.
Learn about the EU GDPR and its impact on your business
Every North America organization that processes or shares EU residents’ personal data has until May 25, 2018 to comply with the GDPR. If you are unfamiliar with the GDPR or would like to get a better grasp on its requirements, IT Governance, the leading provider of GDPR compliance solutions, is offering a Certified EU GDPR Foundation classroom course in Boston and New York.
The one-day training course provides a comprehensive foundation of knowledge about the GDPR, and will help attendees to gain a practical understanding of the implications and legal requirements for US organizations.
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