Hyperautomation integrates several process automation aspects, incorporating tools and technology that boost the capacity for job automation.
Read on to learn more about the various hyperautomation technologies used to boost business operations.
The idea of hyperautomation is to automate everything within an enterprise that is automatable and engage everyone in an organization to be a part of this transition. To maximize the scope of automation, hyperautomation brings together a variety of intelligent automation systems, tools, and technologies. Hyperautomation is exemplified by techniques like artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, robotic process automation (RPA), and other forms of decision, process, and task automation.
Organizations can embed digital technology into their business processes and legal frameworks by using hyperautomation. Businesses can enhance employee capabilities, reduce operational costs and errors, reduce manual labor and increase productivity by implementing hyperautomation technologies in their daily operations. Hyperautomation depends greatly on the synthesis and integration of various technological resources.
Let’s examine some of the most efficient hyperautomation tools and systems driving this new paradigm shift in corporate operations.
1. Robotic Process Automation (RPA)
A very diligent rule-follower, robotic process automation (RPA) is a tool that will carry out any instructions you provide. It enables users to make use of software “bots” that can comprehend, copy and then carry out business activities. RPA software robots can interact with any application interface in a similar way to people, with the exception that RPA bots can work continuously, much faster and with 100% accuracy. In addition to copying and pasting, bots can also conduct computations, access and transfer files, analyze emails, log into programs, connect to APIs and extract sophisticated data. Therefore, by hyperautomating document and process management, robotic process automation can contribute immensely to any business.
2. Natural Language Processing (NLP)
Natural language processing has the ability to extract and organize data from documents, such as identifying the organization from which an invoice originated and the topic of the invoice and then automatically entering this data into the accounting system. Text analytics is used to separate sentences into their constituent parts, such as sentiment analysis, text categorization and named entity identification. Then, using NLP to analyze the text and further categorize the message being transmitted, these components are decrypted. Organizations can use NLP to their advantage for intelligent document comprehension and analysis.
3. Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
AI is essential for obtaining levels of automation that are impossible for humans to reach. By extending automation’s powers and purposes, hyperautomation advances with the help of AI. The outcomes are more precise, quick and effective. The ever-evolving machine learning algorithms are perfect for document processing software that speeds up the procedure. Machine learning has made it possible for businesses to leverage their data in new ways. Instead of staring at a multitude of disconnected data bits, they can discover insightful information.
4. No/Low-Code Platforms
Without no/low-code platforms, none of these hyperautomation technologies would be practical at a large scale. By removing the obstacles between an idea and its implementation, applications of this type increase the accessibility of hyperautomation techniques.
For instance, creating a self-service appointment maker used to require a team of programmers, a protracted development cycle, and a huge financial commitment. A scheduling tool like this one or a workflow with numerous steps, like payment and account creation, may now be created as easily as a PowerPoint slide, thanks to no/low-code platforms.
Hyperautomation has the potential to change how we use technology in more than just daily tasks. Implementing hyperautomation technologies in corporate processes will no doubt be another step toward success for any organization. Additionally, by making data management simpler, hyperautomation is expected to alter business strategies completely. When data is less cumbersome, businesses may use it in innovative ways, uncover hidden opportunities and gain a competitive edge.
On email security in the era of hybrid working
With remote working the future for so many global workforces – or at least some kind of hybrid arrangement – is there an impact on email security we are all missing? Oliver Paterson, director of product management at VIPRE Security, believes so.
“The timeframe that people expect now for you to reply to things is shortened massively,” says Paterson. “This puts additional stress and pressure on individuals, which can then also lead to further mistakes. [Employees] are not as aware if they get an email with a link coming in – and they’re actually more susceptible to clicking on it.”
The cybercriminal’s greatest friend is human error, and distraction makes for a perfect bedfellow. The remote working calendar means that meetings are now held in virtual rooms, instead of face-to-face. A great opportunity for a quick catch up on a few emails during a spot of downtime, perhaps? It’s also a great opportunity for an attacker to make you fall for a phishing attack.
“It’s really about putting in the forefront there that email is the major first factor when we talk about data breaches, and anything around cyberattacks and ransomware being deployed on people’s machines,” Paterson says around education. “We just need to be very aware that even though we think these things are changing, [you] need to add a lot more security, methods and the tactics that people are using to get into your business is still very similar.
“The attacks may be more sophisticated, but the actual attack vector is the same as it was 10-15 years ago.”
This bears true in the statistics. The Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG) found in its Phishing Activity Trends Report (pdf) in February that attacks hit an all-time high in 2021. Attacks had tripled since early 2020 – in other words, since the pandemic began.
VIPRE has many solutions to this age-old problem, and the email security product side of the business comes primarily under Paterson’s remit. One such product is VIPRE SafeSend, which focuses on misaddressed emails and prevents data leakage. “Everyone’s sent an email to the wrong person at some point in their life,” says Paterson. “It just depends how serious that’s been.”
Paterson notes one large FMCG brand, where a very senior C-level executive had the same name as someone else in the business much lower down. Naturally, plenty of emails went to the wrong place. “You try and get people to be uber-careful, but we’ve got technology solutions to help with those elements as well now,” says Paterson. “It’s making sure that businesses are aware of that, then also having it in one place.”
Another part of the product portfolio is with EDR (endpoint detection and response). The goal for VIPRE is to ‘take the complexities out of EDR management for small to medium-sized businesses and IT teams.’ Part of this is understanding what organisations really want.
The basic knowledge is there, as many organisational surveys will show. Take a study from the Enterprise Security Group (ESG) released in October in terms of ransomware preparedness. Respondents cited network security (43%), backup infrastructure security (40%), endpoint (39%), email (36%) and data encryption (36%) as key prevention areas. Many security vendors offer this and much more – but how difficult is it to filter out the noise?
“People understand they need an endpoint solution, and an email security solution. There’s a lot of competitors out there and they’re all shouting about different things,” says Paterson. “So it’s really getting down to the nitty gritty of what they actually need as a business. That’s where we at VIPRE try to make it as easy as possible for clients.
“A lot of companies do EDR at the moment, but what we’ve tried to do is get it down to the raw elements that every business will need, and maybe not all the bells and whistles that probably 99% of organisations aren’t going to need,” Paterson adds.
“We’re very much a company that puts a lot of emphasis on our clients and partners, where we treat everyone as an individual business. We get a lot of comments [from customers] that some of the biggest vendors in there just treat them as a number.”
Paterson is speaking at the Cyber Security & Cloud Expo Global, in London on December 1-2 around the rising threat of ransomware, and how the security industry evolves alongside this threat. Having a multi-layered approach will be a cornerstone of Paterson’s message, and his advice to businesses is sound.
“Take a closer look at those areas, those threat vectors, the way that they are coming into the business, and make sure that you are putting those industry-level systems in place,” he says. “A lot of businesses can get complacent and just continue renewing the same thing over and over again, without realising there are new features and additions. Misdelivery of email is a massive one – I would say the majority of businesses don’t have anything in place for it.
“Ask ‘where are the risk areas for your business?’ and understand those more, and then make sure to put those protection layers in place to help with things like ransomware attacks and other elements.”
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