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All you need to know about the innovative digital immunity concept

innovative digital immunity

For decades, humanity has followed a common approach in developing new technologies, which is to introduce new technologies first and then start looking for security solutions to protect them after being attacked, but what happens if we follow the security approach first? In other words, introducing new technologies that are previously immune to cyberattacks, the field of cybersecurity will certainly change completely!

This is the approach taken by the leading company in the field of cyber security, Kaspersky, as it created a new concept called (Digital Immunity) Cyber Immunity, which embodies an approach based on the principle of “Adopting Security at the Core of Design” Secure by Design.

Where technology needs a strong digital immune system to fend off digital threats, just as humans need a strong immune system to protect them from viruses and diseases, digital immunity is a simulation of the human adaptive immune system due to its ability to detect and fend off new, invisible pathogens.

What is the concept of digital immunity from Kaspersky?

Kaspersky has been working on the “security by design” approach since 2002, when it started thinking about a technology or solution that would make security an essential feature in the information technology system. It was in place at the time, namely: “Not developing the protection system except when the threat appears.”

In 2012, Kaspersky began actively developing an operating system called (KasperskyOS) – which it launched in 2017 – which today has become the main pillar to enable the “security by design” approach, or what is now known as the digital immunity approach.

The essence of digital immunity is to use a strong level of protection in design, such that the cost of an attack on a business exceeds the cost of potential damage.

Kaspersky’s approach enables manufacturers to produce technology products that are inherently invulnerable and have strong protection against digital threats. Systems based on this approach do not need antivirus software because they are so well protected that any hacking attempt would be too difficult and too expensive to successfully implement.

Kaspersky offers a solution for developing products based on digital immunity called (Kaspersky Cyber Immunity), which is based on the operating system (KasperskyOS) and consists of a small kernel called (microkernel) and a module (Kaspersky Security System) to provide protection by default, and also allows developers to create Solutions based on digital immunity easily.

What’s new in KasperskyOS?

KasperskyOS is the first ever operating system that can be used to make IT products digitally invulnerable. It is almost impossible to hack these products, as only a fraction of the types of attacks launched against products that rely on digital immunity can affect its vital functions. Solutions supported by KasperskyOS do not require additional protection, everything you need is already inside the system.

KasperskyOS provides flexibility in setting security policies: the rules that the system will follow throughout its lifecycle and that will prevent it from carrying out potentially dangerous operations. It provides the necessary interfaces and tools for developing digital immunity solutions, including: separating the IT system into isolated parts and controlling interactions between them.

Does KasperskyOS collect any data?

KasperskyOS does not collect or share data, all drivers, system services and applications are moved from the kernel and isolated, and their behavior is strictly limited by security policies. Therefore, no component of the system can store or transmit data unless permitted by applicable policies.

Kaspersky digital immunity solutions:

Kaspersky offers 3 digital immunity solutions, namely:

1- A solution for the Internet of Things:
Kaspersky offers Kaspersky IoT Infrastructure Security, whose core component is secure gateways to the Internet of Things, indispensable devices for modern businesses that use IoT sensors and controllers.

The KISG 100 Gateway, the first-ever IoT Digital Immunity Gateway, is now available. It was selected as one of the best designs in the world in 2020 at the 7th World Internet Conference in (Wuzhen) China.

2- A solution for remote work environments:
The second solution is called (Kaspersky Secure Remote Workspace) to build a managed and operational infrastructure for customers who rely on remote work technologies based on the KasperskyOS operating system, as it provides computer-like user terminals to connect to the company’s virtual desktop infrastructure.

3- Smart Car Solution:
The third solution is called (Kaspersky Automotive Adaptive Platform), and its tools allow creating secure solutions for many electronic control units in smart cars, including: communications, driver assistance systems, autopilot systems, digital cockpits, and others.

Thanks to this platform, car manufacturers will be able to focus on the functionality of their products, because Kaspersky experts have already taken care of security.

Kaspersky is developing a gateway called Kaspersky Automotive Secure Gateway (KASG) based on the operating system (KasperskyOS) to protect cars connected to the Internet.

The gateway can be installed on Telematics (Tracking and Remote Control) units or the central unit of vehicles with an ARM computing architecture. This solution protects the vehicle from hacking, enables secure updating of both the gateway itself and the electronic components of the vehicle via the Internet, and collects logs from The vehicle’s internal network and sent to the security monitoring center.

It is worth noting that Kaspersky products based on digital immunity and the KasperskyOS operating system are receiving increasing demand from sectors where information technology systems are subject to the highest standards of digital security, reliability and predictability, such as manufacturing, energy, automotive and smart city systems.

Digital immunity solutions help reduce the physical damage of security threats. Gartner predicts that by 2025, organizations that invest in building digital immunity will increase customer satisfaction by reducing downtime by 80%.

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