Shaping cyber immunity for a safe digital world

Sunday, Oct 15, 2023 09:19

CEO of Kaspersky Eugene Kaspersky. Photo courtesy of Kaspersky.  — VNS Photo Bồ Xuân Hiệp

In an ever-evolving digital landscape, cyberthreats have become a major concern for individuals, businesses and governments worldwide. Việt Nam News speaks with Eugene Kaspersky, CEO of Kaspersky, a global cybersecurity company, about the current state of threats and the safeguard measures being taken.

Inner Sanctum: Can you explain the term “cyber immunity” and its significance in the context of cybersecurity?

Cyber immunity refers to the ability of an individual, organisation or system to withstand cyber threats effectively, focusing on preventing attacks rather than simply reacting to them.

Cyber immunity works by separating the IT­ system into isolated parts and controlling the interactions between them.

Most attacks on the cyber immune system are ineffective - it continues to perform critical functions even in an aggressive environment and stops potential attackers in their tracks.

Achieving cyber immunity involves utilising innovative security technologies, robust threat intelligence, and a holistic approach to protect against the ever-evolving threats.

Our cyber immune operating system, KasperskyOS, comprised of a microkernel and a security system module, provides protection by default and lets developers create cyber immune solutions.

Inner Sanctum: How has the evolving cybersecurity landscape impacted the necessity to adopt cybersecurity measures by individuals and organisations?

The evolving cybersecurity landscape has greatly increased the need for individuals and organisations to adopt cybersecurity measures.

The frequency and complexity of cyber threats have surged, putting individuals and organisations at a higher risk of being targeted.

Hackers and cyber criminals continually refine their attack techniques, making it necessary for individuals and organisations to stay proactive in their defence.

Governments and regulatory bodies are also implementing stricter regulations on data protection and privacy, and requiring organisations to implement cyber immunity measures to comply.

Inner Sanctum: What measures must governments, organisations, and individuals take to achieve cyber immunity?

As our reliance on technology continues to grow, so does the need for cyber immunity. It is important to take proactive measures against cyber threats.

Achieving cyber immunity requires a combination of advanced technologies, continuous innovation, collaboration, and global awareness.

Some essential measures organisations should implement include adopting a proactive approach to cybersecurity by continuously assessing vulnerabilities and strengthening defences, investing in advanced threat intelligence and analysis to proactively detect and respond to potential attacks.

It is also imperative to develop a robust incident response plan to minimise damage and quickly restore operations in the event of a breach, providing comprehensive cybersecurity training to employees at all levels to raise awareness and promote good security practices.

Governments play a crucial role in designing and implementing effective cybersecurity policies, regulations and frameworks.

In addition, investing in cybersecurity education and fostering a culture of cyber hygiene across all sectors will help create a safer digital environment.

Inner Sanctum: How can international cooperation and partnerships contribute to the development of cyber immune systems?

Collaboration between governments, private companies and international organisations is essential to share threat intelligence, conduct joint incidents response exercises and establish common standards.

International cooperation and partnerships are important for the development of cyber immune systems, because cyber criminals are not confined by national or geographic boundaries, and digital evidence relating to a single crime can be dispersed across multiple regions.

While it is important for countries to have cyber crime laws in place, it is equally necessary that these countries have the legal authority to assist foreign countries in an investigation even if that country has not suffered any damage itself and is merely the location of the intruder or a pass-through site.

The idea behind creating international guidelines to fight cyber crime is to facilitate a straightforward process to conduct digital investigations in which computers from more than one country are involved and to eliminate those patches of the world where a cyber criminal is beyond the reach of the national laws.

Eugene Kaspersky, CEO of Kaspersky, speaks about the current state of cyberthreats and the safeguard measures being taken at a conference in Bali, Indonesia in August. — VNS Photo Bồ Xuân Hiệp

Inner Sanctum: How does Kaspersky help its customers achieve cyber immunity?

We combine extensive threat intelligence, cutting-edge technologies, and global expertise to develop robust security solutions for individuals, businesses and even critical infrastructure.

Our approach includes proactive protection, detection and response capabilities that continuously adapt to the evolving threat landscape.

Through collaborations with industry partners and academic institutions, we aim to enhance global cybersecurity preparedness and contribute to achieving cyber immunity.

In Việt Nam, Kaspersky has engaged in collaborations with the Department of Information Security to protect against online attacks and reduce malware infection.

We have offered complimentary use of strong malware-removal tools and supported campaigns for online safety in the country. — VNS

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