Guest Editorial by Mike Daniels, Senior Vice President of Public Sector, UiPath
Automation technology company UiPath recently released its predictions for the top public sector automation and artificial intelligence trends in 2023. They span an array of functions – from healthcare record keeping to supply chain management – that are leaning into the solutions these technologies offer.
An estimated 3.6 trillion hours of work each year are automatable, according to research, and it’s predicted that during 2023, automation will be universally adopted.
Government agencies are integrating automation and artificial intelligence (AI) into their operations, understanding that these technologies are key to improving citizen services, addressing skills gaps, and maximizing federal and state budgets.
In the past few years, the COVID pandemic has brought about an increase in remote work capabilities, which, in turn, has created a slew of cybersecurity concerns.
According to Foundry’s State of the CIO 2022 study, that is exactly where chief information officers are expected to focus in 2023, with 76% of respondents saying they expect their involvement in cybersecurity to increase within the year.
Automation is going to be key to the success of those efforts, which is why I believe we’re going to see a massive increase in its use for behavioral analysis, pattern recognition, and improved response time to potential security threats.
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Addressing the skills gap
Ransomware, phishing, and malware plague the public sector, but it’s difficult to find enough cybersecurity experts to mitigate attacks when agencies compete with the private sector to fill positions. Human error plays a significant role in costly data breaches, and high threat volumes exacerbate the issue and increase the likelihood of mistakes.
According to IBM research, organizations can close this skills gap and mitigate costs by incorporating automation into their operations. Organizations with a fully deployed security automation strategy had an average breach cost of $2.9 million, whereas those with no automation strategy had an average breach cost of $6.71 million, the study found.
Employing automation and AI to aid in threat detection and remediation has the potential to save agencies millions in damages in the event of a data breach, while also mitigating the nationwide shortage of skilled and reliable labor in cybersecurity.
Digital assistants can bolster security
Even within an agency with a well-staffed, talented team of cybersecurity experts, employees can become easily overburdened and experience alert fatigue when alerts occur in high volumes.
When there is an overabundance of potential threats flagged, organization and prioritization can lag. According to a survey conducted by IDC and FireEye, more than one-third of IT security managers and security analysts admit to ignoring threat alerts once their queue is full.
Automating even a few of a cyber engineer’s daily tasks, such as defining security rules, scanning for threats, and tracking access control to critical data, can make a huge difference in their ability to focus on higher-value tasks.
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When deployed together, AI and automation can separate the security breach alerts that require immediate attention from false alarms and ensure that the most critical alerts are moved to the top of the queue.
Digital assistants can also employ event-driven automation to trigger endpoint detection and response, and then perform the appropriate remediation action. Manual threat hunting can be expensive and inefficient, but with automation, robots can operate self-sufficiently and accurately when performing repetitive tasks, which saves agencies time, money, and effort in the long run.
Striking the balance
Of course, public sector agencies have already invested in myriad tools, solutions, and AI to defend against cyber intrusion. The real opportunity lies in automating between and across the technologies, people, and processes of this landscape to drive faster and more cohesive responses versus continuing to invest in new tools and capabilities.
Automation can be the fabric that reduces the complexity of this highly composite environment to enable the speed of signal to the response.
Traditional tools and techniques that rely on indicators of compromise to identify threats, such as unusual network traffic or an increase in incorrect logins, are effective to a point, but when combined with automation, AI, and machine learning technologies, they can allow cybersecurity analysts to achieve greater detection and easily perform subsequent manual tasks such as blocking IP addresses in firewall systems.
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Automation and AI are not a replacement for human experts but rather a means to empower workers to focus on important tasks, supplement their abilities, and fill in the skills gaps that agencies tend to experience.
These technologies can identify behavioral patterns and risks that humans can’t, but human oversight is crucial to ensuring their ethical use and deciding what data is flawed versus reliable.
The alliance between humans and bots is where the real potential for improvement lies, and I believe we will see agencies capitalize on that potential in the coming year.
UiPath has the vision to deliver the Fully Automated Enterprise™, where companies use automation to unlock their greatest potential.
UiPath offers an end-to-end platform for automation, combining the leading Robotic Process Automation (RPA) solution with a full suite of capabilities that enable every organization to rapidly scale digital business operations.
The UiPath platform empowers organizations to be more profitable and productive while securely and transparently processing data. It empowers government employees and improves customer experience for the public.
For more information on how to harness the power of automation to transform your organization in 2023, visit UiPath’s Public Sector page.
About the Author
Mike Daniels helps customers unlock the value of its industry-leading enterprise automation platform to drive digital transformation at the intersection of data, systems, processes, and people.
Prior to UiPath, Daniels was the Vice President of the Global Public Sector for Google Cloud.
He has also served as Senior Vice President of Public Sector Sales for Salesforce, and Group Vice President of the Oracle North America Public Sector Sales team.
UiPath Recognized in the 2022 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Program
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The UiPath platform increases the workflow efficiency of companies, empowering them to become more profitable and productive.
UiPath achieved In Process status from the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) in April 2022, enabling its end-to-end automation platform to be used to securely and transparently process data, speed operations, empower government workers, and improve the customer experience for the public—a top priority of the current White House administration.
UiPath automation is built upon six categories: discover, build, manage, run, engage and deliver, and through the UiPath Automation Cloud, companies can instantly begin accessing SaaS robots, choosing between VM Automation Cloud Robot or Serverless Automation Cloud Robot, and removes the need for companies to use their own cloud or physical infrastructure.
Importantly, every UiPath service is in scope for SOC 2, and Automation Cloud HIPAA attestation also helps organizations adopt UiPath cloud confidently.
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UiPath’s efforts are helping U.S. businesses grow and modernizing government agencies to provide citizen services more efficiently and accurately. Finally, UiPath provides businesses and agencies the flexibility to readjust and prioritize the customer experience.
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