We currently live in a time of great change. U.S. businesses have a choice to make: they hope everything settles down and goes back to normal, or they can accept the change and use it as an opportunity to invest in technology that will help them navigate new risks and threats.
It can be tempting to think of changes in the working world as phases (for example: the Great Resignation was a one-time event, and soon everyone will go back to work in traditional jobs) but that’s rarely the way changes work. We are currently going through a big change: people are starting to work remotely, there have been countless cyberattacks on digital suppliers, and mass shootings are a threat many businesses need to consider.
Change at work means risk is changing as well, and that means American businesses need to take a long hard look at their countermeasures. Are their existing security tools protecting them from new risks? Below is a list of technologies, processes, and concepts that U.S. businesses need to be looking at right now.
Artificial intelligence and data analytics
We live in a digital age, so it’s critical that businesses leverage artificial intelligence (AI) and advanced analytics to keep their people safe.
Neural Guard: Neural Guard offers an AI-based tool that helps X-ray scanner operators by identifying threats in X-ray images. Officers who scan bags in airports, government buildings, and other high-risk areas often have to rely on their own judgment about the images they see on scanners. Neural Guard’s AI is trained using databases of images, so it’s able to detect threats quickly.
Tag Team: Tag Team is a crowd control, tracking, and management solution. Used during the 2019 Hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia to track pilgrims, Tag Team distributes wristbands to track and manage individuals on a site or at an event, using algorithms to predict crowd movements. The wristbands also function as boundary control, notifying people when they are moving away from authorized areas, and also tracking their movements. Groups of Hajj pilgrims willingly wore their wristbands, because it offered a proactive way of managing safety—if there was a security incident, they wanted to know where everyone in their groups were.
TEKWave Solutions: TEKWave provides remote access control solutions. Rather than stationing an officer at gates, TEKWave monitors and controls gate access from a cloud-based platform, allowing organizations to understand who is on site at various times, plan for visitors, and recognize license plates on site.
Real time threat monitoring
These days, we’re all acutely aware of how problems in the supply chain can affect the costs of goods, not just locally, but worldwide. Companies need to monitor global threats in real-time, so they can understand the issues that might impact their own supply chains.
ThreatMinder: ThreatMinder provides companies with a way of monitoring digital risk. This tool allows organizations to do everything from scanning for regulatory and cyber risk to scanning social media for issues that affect reputational risk. Because ThreatMinder continuously monitors risk, organizations are able to discover threats in real time.
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Startups are often a major target for bad actors who want to breach companies and grids through a digital vendor. The reason startups are so vulnerable is their very nature: startups usually begin with big ideas and very little budget. Because many of them develop their product using open source tools, public clouds, and offshore developers, their code isn’t secure. For this reason, it’s critical that code security becomes a focus for U.S. organizations.
Arjuna: Arjuna’s product isolates data, making the public cloud safe and keeping malicious actors away from sensitive data and projects.
The new remote workforce
People are choosing to work from home, post-pandemic, and it’s time for companies to rethink how they can remain leaders in this changing economy. If the new normal is that we have more remote workers, how can we leverage the strengths of those workers? In the security industry, this may look like deputizing private drones, so that drones can make it to crime scenes quickly and easily.
By thinking differently about how to approach new threats with the new tools we have, we can keep our businesses moving forward, and our people safe and secure.
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