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TECH TIPS: Making your business more secure

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There are many ways automation users can reap the benefits of automated security measures while still keeping themselves safe from outside threats. PHOTO by Pexels.

This TECH TIPS is provided by the experts at A3

As technology advances, the amount of dangerous tasks automation can take on grows larger than ever—from enabling tighter cybersecurity to ensuring the physical safety of employees.

We are reviewing how automation can address those issues in two separate reports. In our first report we examined how automation can help reduce workplace injuries.  In this report we examine how to make your business more secure.

Automation comes into play for security purposes in two key ways: physical security (monitoring locations for trespassing, theft, etc.) and cyber security. 
 
For physical security, drones are being used as security guards, particularly in the warehousing, logistics and construction segments. They can either continually patrol an area to deter crime or be triggered to deploy, within minutes, to the scene of a breach. 
 
As for cyber security, automation can be a double-edged sword. Cloud-based systems and the Internet of Things (IoT), for example, enable more powerful automation because they fuel AI applications that allow systems to become smarter and more capable with less human intervention; not to mention the valuable insights they feed, in real-time, to the businesses that deploy them. But the very systems that can leverage this tech to increase digital security (monitoring activity and alerting businesses to a variety of suspicious behavior within their operations) can also open the door for cyber attacks.
 
Fortunately, there are many ways automation users can reap the benefits of automated security measures while still keeping themselves safe from outside threats. A new trend in the automation world centers around blockchain technology (a digital ledger shared across a participating network). Unlike traditional data storage, the blockchain allows each transaction to be stored as a block which is approved and then linked chronologically with the transactions made before and after it. Proponents believe it can help boost the power of predictive analytics, data transfer and management and inventory/shipment tracking, while also enhancing security/reducing fraud. 
 
Another way to enable automation while keeping a wall around your data is to use edge-computing platforms as an alternative to cloud-based systems. Edge computing is defined as a network configuration that keeps data storage and analysis closer to the sources of data. This not only keeps data more secure (since it is confined to on-premise networks that are largely inaccessible to outside parties) but also is preferable for applications that require lightning-fast response times or have connectivity issues; to react to a serious and immediate production line issues or for remote field environments, for example.  

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