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Cybersecurity firm amplifies calls for improved security on technology amid continuous reliance this pandemic

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A man is typing on a computer keyboard in this illustration image taken on February 28, 2013. (Reuters / Kacper Pempel)

Since Filipinos are constantly reliant on technology during the COVID-19 pandemic, the security of these structures must be ensured in order to avoid incidents of cyber attacks.

Cybersecurity company Fortinet With the world’s increasing reliance on technology trends like 5G technology, wireless communications, and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), cybersecurity could be overlooked by technology leaders.

In order to secure IIoT environments, the following must be considered:

  • Asset management
  • Application visibility and control
  • Intrusion detection and prevention
  • Network access control
  • Network segmentation and microsegmentation
  • Signal protection
  • Protection of the IoT platform as well as logging and monitoring

“Changes in production environments due to wireless, 5G and IIoT technologies herald a new era of flexibility, productivity and control for OT-based businesses,” the company said in one blog entry.

“At the same time, these innovations expand the threat landscape. Protecting operational technology (OT) systems requires a flexible security infrastructure with elements that can evolve with today’s changing wired and wireless OT environments, ”he added.

The cybersecurity firm also suggested that securing OT networks can be done by “using a robust network.” Next generation firewall (NGFW) solution “that is able to cope with unique environmental challenges.

“Basically equipped with a robust NGFW, it provides protection of the enterprise architecture for the entire converged IT-OT network and eliminates potential OT security holes that cybercriminals want to exploit,” states another blog entry.

In one survey Industry leaders who manage and maintain OT infrastructure found that only 10% have never experienced a data breach.

“Conversely, 58% of companies said they had experienced this type of threat in the past 12 months. Therefore, more than 75% expect regulatory pressures to increase over the next two years, ”the company said.

“By simply extending the observation period to 24 months, we see that the injury rate from OT systems increases to 80%, which shows the interest of cyber criminals in targeting OT systems,” he added.

In January last year, it was reported that the country should continue to grow hug E-governance solutions and digital innovations for financial transactions when companies move to the virtual landscape as a result of the pandemic.