How To Ensure Robotic Process Automation Security
Posted on 16th November 2021
Robotic process automation-based bots utilise the power of automation platforms to make rule-based decisions about data handling and processing. This includes sensitive financial and personal data, which is why data leakage and fraud are the two main concerns businesses have with RPA. How trustworthy and reliable are RPA programs, and what can be done to ensure robotic process automation security in your business?
The good news is that RPA systems have an excellent reputation for cyber security, with a range of inbuilt safeguards to ensure confidential and secure data handling. In fact, many businesses implement robotic process automation as a strategy to overhaul their cyber security processes. This being said, there are several steps you can take to mitigate any security risks associated with robotic process automation:
1) Trace The Actions Of Each Individual RPA Bot
The first step to robotic process automation security is to embed accountability within the system by assigning a unique identity to each RPA bot and automated process. These identity codes can be rotated or replaced at set intervals (as per password best practices), and can be validated by human input, including passwords, usernames, and two factor authentication.
2) Monitoring RPA Bots
One main benefit of RPA bots is that they cannot deviate from their set parameters. Once the user selects the scope of task that the RPA is to complete, the software will not go outside of the defined task boundaries. At Cevitr, we keep a watchful eye on our RPA bot Jo to ensure that everything is running smoothly but Jo can only do what you tell it to, so there is no need to worry about abuse or fraud of the system.
3) Set Up An Audit Trail For Each RPA Bot/Process
Ensure all RPA tools have inbuilt audit capabilities that include a comprehensive log of all automated actions. This guarantees full real-time visibility over your RPA system and allows targeted improvements where inefficiencies and glitches are identified.
4) Inbuilt Software Security
RPA processes are software programs, so some will be more inherently secure than others. Cyber criminals thrive by exploiting weaknesses in software design, and one of the most important jobs of a provider is to close the door to these opportunities through secure development protocols – ensuring best of breed products and secure standards. At Cevitr, we ensure that when we implement our RPA bot ‘Jo’ we put the appropriate controls and security policies into place, as would be the case for a real employee.
Find Out More
At Cevitr, all our RPA and automation solutions are designed with security in mind, giving you complete control of your data management and ensuring the safety of your colleagues, suppliers, and customers. To find out more about our fully compliant systems and now they can help you, please get in touch today to arrange a free product demonstration.
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