How intelligent automation can help federal agencies strengthen cybersecurity

Digital robots can help government agencies tackle projects once seen as too complex or costly.

By Jim McGann and Matt Weiss

Cyber-attacks have become a daily threat to everyone – and perhaps nowhere is the threat greater than for federal agencies.

KPMG’s government cyber leader, Tony Hubbard, and KPMG’s government lead for Intelligent Automation, Kirke Everson, have been speaking extensively about how agencies can take advantage of intelligent automation (IA) to dramatically improve cybersecurity.

Both can discuss three emerging uses for software bots amid growing pressure to cut costs and upgrade technology systems:

  • User password resets. Instead of technical support personnel making these changes, the system does it, with user input.
  • Managing system access and reviewing audit trail data. Bots can perform these tasks more efficiently and accurately than humans because instead of merely sampling audit logs, for example, a bot can examine all transactions and identify potential threats.
  • Identity proofing. As agencies open their systems to the public, IA solutions can monitor transactions to make sure citizens, not malware bots, are logging in to input data.

Hubbard and Everson can also discuss the emerging trends they are seeing in the federal cyber world as they meet with CIOs and other leaders.

For more insights, see their commentary in Federal Computer Week

Intelligent automation’s low cost, non-invasive and rich capabilities can help government agencies tackle projects previously seen as too complex or too costly.
T. Hubbard & K. Everson

The benefits to embracing IA are overwhelming. As tax professionals, you have to decide if you will embrace this technology, understand it, get ahead of it, and be an earlier adopter, Brown says.

Otherwise, it seems, we should prepare to be left in the dust.

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