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How to achieve secure digitalisation?

Digitalisation is revolutionising every industry. It helps streamline workflows to meet expectations on availability and create new revenue opportunities. New challenges also arise when different systems communicate with each other.

Digital development has different names in different industries, but everything is based on the principle of making better use of information technology in several commercialisation steps and operational activities. One of the consequences of digitalisation is the new and changing needs of security for information and technology. New challenges also arise when different systems communicate with each other.

With technology development encompassing Big Data, Internet of Things and API solutions, it’s easy to create innovative solutions without technical barriers. Everything is connected and all information can be stored and processed to create added value.

achieve secure digitalisation

Increased freedom brings digital responsibility

Digitalisation provides decision makers and management greater freedom when organisations become creative. They open up for financial transformation and being disruptive to the required and decided level.

But this freedom brings responsibility. The responsibility of ensuring that the information flow - a prerequisite for digitalisation - is managed without creating the risk of various internal and external cyberattacks.

Achieve secure digitisation using whitelisting

Taking a digital responsibility is about simultaneously digitising and building robustness in our society. By controlling their information flows, secure digitisation can be achieved. It is about being able to digitally distinguish between authorized and unauthorized persons. By identifying the user and then linking the user with some form of right or possibility, one achieves an effective security.

The mindset to distinguish between authorized and unauthorized is called whitelisting and blacklisting. Blacklisting means having a list or specification of the unauthorized persons. It can be a list of names of people who are not allowed to fly, a ban on bringing weapons through a security check or a list of known computer viruses that the antivirus program should look for.

Whitelisting on the other hand means that the right key is required to be able to open a door or that the correct password or pin code is required to unlock the computer.

Through whitelisting of information flows, one can raise the protection of critical infrastructure without sacrificing the possibilities of digitisation.

Read more about how whitelisting works in our White Paper Secure digitalisation using whitelisting.