Akamai’s Randy Wood: Bot Mgmt, Zero Trust Could Help Agencies Secure IT Systems


Randy Wood

Randy Wood, vice president of public sector sales at Akamai (Nasdaq: AKAM), has said there are three strategies government agencies can implement to protect information technology systems from cyber threats and one of those is bot management.

Wood wrote that bot management uses algorithms, machine learning and other technologies to help agencies distinguish hostile bots from humans and good bots.

The second strategy is Domain Name System hardening or threat protection, which could allow agencies to “identify, block and mitigate targeted threats such as malware, ransomware and phishing,” he noted.

Another strategy Wood described is the zero trust approach, which enables agencies to “authorize users, continually confirm their identities and grant access only to the resources deemed necessary for their jobs.”

Wood also discussed how cloud-based architectures could help agencies achieve cost savings, accelerate innovation and focus on core activities.

“A system that relies on identity and authentication is not only more secure, it’s also fast and intelligent, and it helps everyone be more productive,” he added.

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