We live in a world that is becoming increasingly digitized, so it is essential that all companies have a strategic cybersecurity plan in place. In this way, they will be able to avoid possible attacks by cybercriminals as much as possible.
But what is cybersecurity? It is the practice of defending computers, servers, mobile devices, electronic systems, networks, and data from malicious attacks. It is also known as information technology security or electronic information security. The term is applied in different contexts, from business to mobile computing, and can be divided into some common categories:
Network security is the practice of protecting a computer network from intruders, whether they are targeted attackers or opportunistic malware.
Mobile App Security is a measure to secure applications from external threats like malware and other digital frauds that risk critical personal and financial information from hackers.
Information security, protects the integrity and privacy of data, both in storage and in transit.
Operational security includes the processes and decisions for managing and protecting data resources. The permissions that users must access a network and the procedures that determine how and where data can be stored or shared fall into this category.
Disaster recovery and business continuity define how an organization responds to a cybersecurity incident or any other event that causes its operations to stop or data to be lost. Disaster recovery policies dictate how the organization restores its operations and information to return to the same operational capacity as before the event. Business continuity is the plan the organization turns to when it attempts to operate without certain resources.
Cybersecurity for companies is an issue of constant concern today because virtual attacks can be as catastrophic as a robbery or a fire. To prevent a cyber-attack, you need a powerful IT infrastructure (among other things) to help you detect and stop threats.
According to an AttackIQ survey of 577, IT and IT security professionals in the United States found that 53% of companies do not know if their cybersecurity tools work and are not completely confident that they prevent data breaches.
In view of this, many companies often ask for visibility into the actual functioning of a risk engine but could disclose the algorithm of a security product be a good decision?
Let’s analyze a little more about its advantages and risks:
The main advantage is that providing visibility to a risk engine allows an organization to know exactly what it is buying and to test capabilities with a test It also provides the buyer with a sense of control.
Some vendors allow customers to modify the parameters of their risk algorithm to adjust the results based on their specific needs. On the other hand, algorithms are difficult to explain, such as risk scores that are calculated using deep neural networks.
However, should we avoid deep learning and complicated algorithms for the sake of making risk engines easier to understand? We don’t think so.
To the extent that organizations and companies understand how these suggestion systems work, using the basic information needed to gain the trust of customers, of course without revealing details that could be used by attackers to evade detection.
Therefore, when deciding between the visibility and secrecy of these security systems, the industry should lean towards disclosure, to the extent that it does not compromise the defensive posture of customers. Knowledge is power and the better we understand how cybersecurity tools work, the better protected we will be.