The digital transformation of the economy, an integral part of the overall transformation of the country, offers real opportunities for economic growth. When everything is digitized, we will definitely save a lot of time, and time is money. But if Tunisia does not carry out the necessary digital transformations, which successive governments talk about constantly without managing to move forward in the process at the required pace, the cost to be paid will be even higher and harder to collect for a national economy already in breakdown.
By Amine Ben Gamra *
To ensure an economic recovery focused on digital, there is an important prerequisite, the country must first adopt a solid cybersecurity strategy. Especially since, following geopolitical tensions in Europe, cyber attacks are on the rise, from which our country has not been spared.
Anticipate and counter cyberattacks
Indeed, a cyber attack was recently detected by the computer security system of the Central Bank of Tunisia (BCT), which recorded some disruptions in some of its activities, including its website. And the National Computer Security Agency (Ansi) has recently multiplied warnings, warning in particular against a new variant of the “Ransomware as a service” (RaaS) which targets Windows machines and Linux-based systems like VMware ESXi, according to the latest analyzes revealed by experts.
Recruiting cybersecurity skills is therefore becoming an emergency today, even as a cyberattack occurs every 11 seconds and ransomware increasingly targets backup infrastructures. And that artificial intelligence can help meet our need for computer security.
It is no longer a question of whether the company will be attacked or not, but of defining upstream the right reaction to implement when the attack occurs.
Identify critical operations and systems
Some IT service providers help companies develop a recovery process in the event of a destructive cyberattack, such as ransomware. But that is not enough: companies must also provide their employees with the training required to deal with any eventuality, that of a cybernetic attack no longer being ruled out.
Also, workshops must be organized on an ongoing basis to identify critical operations and systems, present proven resilience methodologies and solutions and prepare for their implementation as soon as possible, ie before said attacks occur.
Once the foundations of cybersecurity are in place, companies can review their development plans and focus on reviving their business digitally, as the web has become an important vector for visibility, marketing, market access and competitiveness. And as the technology in this area is constantly evolving, upgrades are always needed to keep up with competitors.
* Chartered accountant, auditor, member of the Order of Chartered Accountants of Tunisia.
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