Organisations are quickly scaling their digital business to adapt to today’s climate. In particular, HackerOne has observed 3 sectors that have seen a significant increase in the need for scaling their security programs due to current digital transformation trends. 

1. Financial Services

In Asia, digital banking is the future. Gone are the days where you have to go to a physical branch to get your banking needs taken care of, or head down to a physical store to make a purchase. With your smartphone and a few taps, you can get all those done in a jiffy. According to McKinsey, digital banking penetration has grown exponentially since 2014, standing at 97% on average for the developed Asia. Consumers are embracing digital banking for its convenience and ease of use, and adoption is expected to only increase as smartphone usage goes up.

2. Automotive Industry

With the evolution of smart technology, the automotive industry is another sector to look out for when it comes to digital transformation. Driven by consumer needs, cars are getting more connected than ever. Some examples include the connected infotainment systems, enabling of cloud storage, and driver assistance. While connected vehicles bring many perks and convenience to drivers, it also brings about concerns on road safety, and increased risks of security and data breach. According to BIS Research, the forecasted revenue for the automotive cybersecurity market is projected to reach US$6.03 billion by 2029 from US$1.26 billion in 2018. 

3. Healthcare Sector

In the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, there is a growing trend in online medical consultation services, where a patient gets access to a doctor remotely. This is made possible through online communication tools like a smartphone, a mobile application or its equivalent. Tele-consultation has revolutionised the digital healthcare scene, and seen as a reliable and easy way to get medical advice and treatment. However, this also means that access to patient’s private and sensitive data like patient records, and personal identifiable data needs to be available on-demand. 

Now, we can all agree that digital transformation is necessary, but it is also putting companies at increased risk. Responsible businesses understand that they and the business they manage are under constant attack and will be for the foreseeable future. Companies need to adopt a security strategy that can grow and adapt with their pace of innovation, and digital transformation initiatives. 

How?

The only way to keep up is to secure your ever-evolving attack surface. Existing security solutions just cannot keep up with the pace of digital transformation. 

Arjun Kolady, Security Solutions Engineer at HackerOne