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Future of Cybersecurity: Digital Immune System


Digital immune system (DIS) is a software development practice for safeguarding applications and services from software bugs and security flaws.

The DIS approach combines software engineering strategies, design, development, automation, operations, technologies, and analytics—all to cut down on operational failures, mitigate business risks, and enhance user experience (UX).

Slow or poorly performing systems compromise the UX, resulting in customer dissatisfaction and, in many cases, leading customers to abandon transactions or products.

A DIS will try to eliminate or at least minimize the frequency of system failures and slowness, which contributes to better overall UX and customer satisfaction.

Strengthening defenses of web applications:

The digital landscape has been expanding at an unprecedented rate and with that growth comes the potential for malicious actors to wreak havoc on sensitive and critical systems. In response to this threat, a digital immune system should be developed to defend against various vulnerabilities that could lead to data breaches, cyber theft and other cyberattacks.

DIS utilizes advanced threat detection and prevention mechanisms that continuously monitor networks, infrastructure and applications for signs of malicious activity. It also uses sophisticated algorithms, ML and other AI-based technologies to detect anomalies and patterns that may signify a cyberattack.

As more and more organizations adopt multi-cloud strategies, ensuring that data and applications can easily move between different cloud environments will become essential. This will require the development of open standards and APIs that can facilitate seamless data flow across different clouds, as well as tools and technologies that can enable effective cross-platform management.

DIS can also provide a range of advanced security features, such as access controls, data encryption and secure communication protocols. These features allow users to securely access sensitive data breaches, while also ensuring that data is protected from unauthorized access and tampering.

Overall, DIS represents a significant solution to the growing problem of cyber threats in today’s digitally connected world. By 2025, organizations that have prioritized digital immunity will benefit from a significant reduction in downtime – up to 80% - resulting in increased revenue, customer satisfaction and improved brand image.

Market landscape and use cases:

The digital immune system (DIS) market is a rapidly growing sector fueled by the ever-increasing sophistication and frequency of cyberattacks. As organizations become more reliant on digital infrastructure, the need for robust and proactive security solutions intensifies.

IBM’s X-Force Command Center offers security incident response and threat intelligence integration. McAfee’s ActiveEdge and MVISION Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR) solutions provide automated incident response and endpoint protection.

Google launched a new product that is aimed at identifying threats – Chronicle, which is part of Google Cloud Platform. It is said to provide large companies with a ‘digital immune system’ to view their full security system in detail, allowing threats to be detected fasters and at a much broader scale.

Market players operating in the DIS market are IBM, Cisco, Palo Alto Networks, Trend Micro, Broadcom, McAfee, FireEye, Check Point Software, Google and Microsoft.


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