With the widespread implementation of automation and digitization, protecting critical infrastructure from cyber attacks has become an urgent issue.
Recently, a large Colonial-operated pipeline in the United States was held for ransom by hackers, which affected all pipeline operations and affected the power supply.
Opportunities for threats are many, but IoT sensors increasingly connected to networks have become an open flank. Experts warn of the expectation of more attacks in the future.
Sikur , a cybersecurity company founded in Brazil with operations in the United States, Europe, Middle East and Japan, specializes in systems to enhance IoT defenses.
The company is currently installed in one of Europe’s leading science and technology parks and is preparing for an IPO on Euronext next year, Fabio Fischer, founder and CEO of Sikur, told BNamericas in this interview.
Fischer : The challenge of cybersecurity today is global and transversal, encompassing many companies, multinationals and countries.
One of the biggest problems we have today, which was enhanced by the IoT, is in energy, water and sewage and other public utilities, in addition to hospitals and connected cars.
Cyber attacks, such as those that hit power plants, have increased exponentially and will continue to do so. These are attacks ranging from DDOS [denial of service interruption] to fishing and ransomware.
Authentication of a user accessing a technology asset, whether it is an IoT device or a cell phone, is the biggest breach and biggest challenge in cybersecurity today.
I would say 85% of information leaks come from fishing activity, when the hacker collects authentication data. This reality even forced us to leave Brazil.
BNamericas : Why?
Fischer : Because we’ve been offering technology for this kind of problem for six, seven years. [The change] came at the recommendation of [IT business research and consulting firm] Gartner , who told us that we were a few years ahead of our time and that Brazil was not yet ready [for what we offer ].
Like a self-fulfilling prophecy, the world has gone mobile and IoT has become a great reality.
We now have a product, Sikur Connect, that allows anyone to access any connectable device encrypted, end-to-end.
We install an encrypted agent on an IoT device and it randomly and autonomously opens an encrypted ‘tunnel’.
Our user generates credentials in the cloud, downloads the applications on his system, in a white label model [with the client’s own brand] and in a private cloud, which is a big trend in the market due to the issue of data sovereignty.
Companies realized that they could not have their data stored on any server, because if someone were to steal access to that server, their data would be at risk.
That’s why we are in France today, in a science and technology park that is one of the largest cybersecurity clusters in Europe, with 4,000 companies.
We already have contracts with French companies that seek to merge our technology to offer it in their products in a decentralized way.
BNamericas : Why did you go to France?
Fischer : For several reasons. We have received a strong proposal from the French government to establish our R&D area here at Sophia Antipolis Science Park . Here we have a particularly important technology cross-selling. Bosch , Boeing … there are several companies out there.
And we have university