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Self-Healing Security: There Might not be an App for That

By Dick Weisinger

What if machines could be respond and take actions when attacked by hackers? Self-healing cybersecurity is a new approach to combat hacking that some security vendors are adding to their products.

Self-healing products scan for possible misconfigurations, software errors, and malicious activities. For example, if software containers go down, self-healing cybersecurity could automatically restart new containers to replace them. Self-healing is based on the ability to monitor and remediate when there is a problem.

But the goal for self-healing may be elusive, at least when implemented in software as a feature or an app.

Torsten George, product executive at Absolute Software, commented in a SecurityWeek article that “the promise of self-healing cybersecurity systems by many security vendors appeals to their buyer’s needs for automation. Unfortunately, reality does not always match the hype. Therefore, IT and security teams should conduct due diligence before investing in a self-healing technology… It is therefore important to select solutions that can persist in the face of hostile external factors. To achieve this state of hardening, self-healing capabilities should be embedded in the firmware of the endpoint, shielding it from any intentional or unintentional manipulation… The device’s firmware is a relatively privileged location that requires close partnerships with device manufacturers to gain access to. Few vendors will have this privilege.”

Apple pioneered the slogan that “there’s an app for that”, but that may not be true in this case.

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