Leading global cybersecurity and digital privacy company Kaspersky was one of the first organizations to address the challenge of the phenomenon of empowering people by offering a comprehensive cybersecurity policy. All the excitement and innovations surrounding the development, especially the increasing use of bionic devices aimed at replacing or augmenting parts of the human body with an artificial implant, are widely enjoyed by cybersecurity professionals and the wider community. causes legitimate fears. They are concerned that too little attention is paid to the security of private devices. The lack of awareness on the subject leads to uncertainty and risks both for the further development of human empowerment technologies and for a safer digital world in the future.
Kaspersky constantly explores the potential of technology to empower people and considers the security problems it may encounter when integrating it into our lives. After open discussion within the community, the company decided to respond to the specific need for security regulation and devised a cybersecurity policy to mitigate the security risks that reinforcement technologies could pose in corporate IT networks. The document is based on a scenario where empowered employees will become more common in the company in the future and takes into account real-life testing of Kaspersky employees with biochip implants.
Developed by Kaspersky security experts, the policy manages the procedures for the use of bionic devices* within the company and aims to reduce the associated cybersecurity risks in business processes. The proposed document addresses the entire infrastructure and business units of the company. The results apply to the full access control system, as well as to the use of management processes, maintenance processes and automated systems. The policy will apply to employees, temporary staff and employees of third parties who provide contracted services to the company. All these factors aim to improve cybersecurity in enterprise infrastructure on a greater level.
Marco Preuss, Director of Kaspersky Europe's Global Research and Analysis Team (GReAT), says: “Human empowerment is an underexplored and evolving technology area. That's why we take the first step to clarify the issues associated with their use. Strengthening security will help us ensure that this potential is used positively. We believe we need to digitally secure the future of empowering people today, to build a safer digital world for tomorrow.”
The cybersecurity policy initiated by Kaspersky enhances security, accompanied by a series of standardization processes, and ensures a healthier inclusion of employees who use bionic devices while in the office. One of the main goals of this initiative is to engage the global IT and empowerment community in the discussion and ignite a collaborative effort for the next steps in security enhancement in human empowerment. It includes ensuring the digital privacy of these devices, defining different levels of access rights to stored information, and reducing all kinds of threats to human health.
An international discussion about the future of human augmentation, global industry policy, digital security standards, major digital threats that can affect augmented devices, and best practices for them took place at the 2021 Internet Governance Forum (IGF), organized by the UN.