Leveraging Digital Cyber Twins for Enhanced Cybersecurity

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Leveraging Digital Cyber Twins for Enhanced Cybersecurity

Intelligent cyber digital twins are a means to move from reactive to resilient security strategies. It’s critical to protect assets now while also preparing for the future use of intelligent cyber digital twins.

There’s no avoiding it: cyber-attacks are becoming more common, and the consequences are becoming more severe. According to Accenture’s CIFR incident response engagements conducted between January 2021 and June 2021, global intrusion volumes increased by 125 percent. Recent hacks like SolarWinds and Colonial Pipeline have had devastating effects on the industry, not just on the impacted businesses and their customers but also on society as a whole. 

At the same time, many businesses are rushing ahead with technology transformations, such as cloud migration, which might present new vulnerabilities if security isn’t prioritized. The attack surface has significantly expanded due to the increasing adoption of Internet of Things (IoT) devices, 5G networks, and edge computing, offering threat actors more to target.

The good news is that organizations have an advantage in this fight by using the capabilities of intelligent cyber digital twins. Intelligent cyber digital twins are a powerful tool for forecasting and minimizing risk when it comes to cybersecurity.

Increasing the Effectiveness of Existing Defenses

Right now, cyber digital twins can be utilized as a sandbox for understanding security from an attacker’s perspective. It is an excellent approach to learning about attackers’ motivations, attack patterns, and consequences. 

Most businesses are accustomed to testing the security of a process or system before deployment and then reviewing changes made to deployed applications. Intelligent cyber digital twins allow them to assess modifications as though they were made on a real application without touching the production environment, providing a preview of their future security posture.

Similarly, intelligent cyber digital twins help to manage real-world security events better. They assist security teams with focusing resources on the most critical activities, determining how much risk has been mitigated, and the most effective technologies. 

Enhancing and Expanding Security

Intelligent cyber digital twins can offer much more exciting possibilities in the long run. Digital twins can help businesses better predict where threat actors will strike and how damaging it will be by simulating threats in a real-world context. Companies can take targeted action to limit the possibility and impact of cyber-attacks while remaining one step ahead of would-be attackers with this knowledge. 

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Organizations will be able to share threat data more easily with the help of intelligent cyber digital twins. For example, suppose a security team detects unusual activity. In that case, the team could share the information with others who may be experiencing similar events by federating cyber digital twins across the enterprise ecosystem. The data could be helpful for the entire ecosystem in predicting and countering attacks in the future.

The Future Ahead

Almost everything in the physical world, including supply chains, infrastructure, consumer products, and more, will have a digital twin in the future. The ‘Mirrored World’ will emerge due to the merging of these digital twins, forever altering how people work, innovate and collaborate.

While this new future is still years away, it is critical to consider the core management of cyber digital twins now. This involves safeguarding how they operate, think, and handle sensitive data.

Security experts agree that combining AI with digital twins will enable their companies to scale up their defenses and situational awareness in ways that would otherwise be impossible.

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