Privileged Task Automation allows the routine tasks in the business processes in next-gen business models to be performed efficiently, securely, and automatically as the name suggests. Industrial transformation, which is one of the most important consequences of the transition from an industrial society to an information society, leads to the digitalization process that has revolutionized business life and redefined the business model.
In today's world, where data and information can be easily digitalized and stored, the corporate environment is evolving rapidly and digital workspaces are being used more than ever. Companies transfer their digital assets to electronic areas, i.e., databases, and these databases are used in an active manner. Naturally, this condition brings some problems together with it. If access to databases containing essential data is not regulated or audited, companies may face catastrophic data breaches, of which the consequences may range from disruption of workflow to loss of reputation and even legal consequences. Privileged Access Management of the accounts that have access to critical data in the database, and Privileged Task Automation, which is an important component of this management, automates the repetitive daily workflow securely and prevents negative consequences such as data breaches by eliminating cyber threats.
Privileged Task Automation (PTA) serves as a key component of Privileged Access Management (PAM), which is used to track, detect and analyze the workflow and authorization usage of accounts that have privileged access to critical data. The PTA automates routine operations in the company's workflow, and the workflow is completed at any time, both safely and efficiently, without service interruptions. PTA allows businesses to emphasize cybersecurity in their business models while lowering their costs.
Complex and lengthy processes, often involving more than one authority, used for performing a task in traditional work models, are replaced by faster, streamlined and efficient processes that are automated and run by privileged access holders. Privileged Task Automation complements Privileged Access Management, which renders business models safer against cyber threats, like a piece of the puzzle. PTA improves the productivity of the users by ensuring tasks that take hours, sometimes days, are performed within minutes. Privileged Task Automation also prevents data breaches that are caused by human errors.
Today, data breaches by unauthorized parties are considered as one of the most serious issues in the business world. Human errors are responsible for 82 percent of data breaches reported in 2021, according to Verizon's Data Breach Investigation Report (DBIR) 2022. Human errors include the use of stolen credentials in the system, phishing, abuse of authority, and, occasionally, a simple mistake. Ensuring continuous automation in the workflow eliminates human errors and, as a consequence, data breaches, making digital transformation considerably safer.
PTA is widely used to automate daily routine tasks and complex service flows. Privileged Task Automation, which is made up of Designer and Player modules, creates a workflow for the service provider that includes pre-check, execution, post-check, and rollback components consecutively, and provides single interface support with dynamic and extensible instruction sets to ensure that the workflow runs effectively. Thanks to the PTA, the authorized account that wants to create a workflow for a task can enter the relevant commands in the Designer and Player modules in the visual design tab of the PTA and easily connect the tasks to be executed according to the order of execution.
In addition to automating the workflow, PTA can also serve as a troubleshooting tool. Through the Command Builder Module, which is part of the Privileged Task Automation component and stands out with its interface that provides a very practical user experience, it is also possible to create and utilize troubleshooting and monitoring commands in a single line.
Privileged Task Automation can be used with the Command Builder Module, Designer, and Player modules and specially designed workflows besides the different combinations of the above alternatives to meet the requirements of different teams.
According to DBIR 2022, data security continues to be threatened by the human factor. Human error is involved in 82 out of every 100 data breaches in 2021. These errors can originate from malicious software being delivered to the system, cyber threats deceiving or manipulating individuals in order to exploit them, disclosure of the privileges of the privileged account holders, or sometimes from a simple mistake.
Web attacks (40%) were the most common action vectors among the 3279 data breaches examined in the report, followed by e-mail attacks, carelessness, sharing of desktop software, cloud media assets, and other reasons, respectively. Breaches of data security can have serious consequences, from the loss of reputation to legal sanctions and bankruptcy of companies. Automating routine workflows using Privileged Task Automation is critical for minimizing human errors and safeguarding businesses from data breaches.
The benefits of Privileged Task Automation (PTA) are not limited to the regulation of the workflow. Other benefits of the PTA may be listed as follows:
Kron, with its Single Connect product, is listed as one of the top 10 companies offering Privileged Access Management (PAM) solutions in the world, in the reports published by Omdia, Gartner and KuppingerCole, which are among the leading global research companies. PTA, a product of the Single Connect suite, provides an effective solution for those who want to prevent human errors and protect their data by using privileged accounts with authorized access in areas where businesses have important digital assets, and it also contributes to increasing operational efficiency by automating routine tasks.
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