RPA Increases the Efficiency of the Workforce, But Security Cannot Be Ignored.
Robotic Process Automation platforms help businesses replace manual processes with automated workflows. By making it easy for anyone – even employees without special technical skills – to create software “robots” or virtual agents that can perform repetitive tasks automatically, RPA solutions significantly increase the efficiency and productivity of workforces. At the same time, they help businesses minimize errors, oversights and inconsistencies.
However, RPA poses a major challenge, too: Security risks. Without proper visibility and oversight, bots can become a form of Shadow IT. RPA creators could be citizen-developers who build automations and integrations without the knowledge of your central IT team – and without the security and governance controls you need to enforce.
- When you deploy robots into your organization and let them communicate with critical business systems, you are placing the keys to the kingdom in the hands of software tools that are only as secure as their configurations.
- If bots are given excessive privileges, such as unnecessary admin credentials or access to sensitive data, they can become a vector that threat actors use to exfiltrate data and disrupt critical systems.
- Compromised RPA robots can even serve as a beachhead that attackers use to gain access to an entire IT estate.
- Employees may sometimes deploy RPA bots without the knowledge of the central IT team or security department. Your business may not even know which robots or virtual agents are running within its environment, let alone whether those bots are secure.
Zenity Helps You Stay Ahead of RPA Security Risks.
Zenity automatically identifies RPA bots and virtual agents running in your environments. It then scans their configurations for security risks, while also monitoring their behavior and alerting you to activities that may signal security issues.
Zenity’s solution for RPA hinges on four Zenity No-Code/Low-Code security governance pillars: Visibility, Risk Assessment, Threat Protection and Governance.
Visibility to RPA Automations and Robots
Determine which robots are running, where they are running, who is using them and what they can access. Know the role that each bot plays in your organization. Trace data movement between bots and identify “stale” bots that should be shut down.
Full RPA Risk Assessment
Discover risks like credential sharing, hard-coded secrets and untrusted packages. Identify risky robot behavior patterns, such as excessive requests to critical business systems. Know when robots move PII out of your organizational boundaries.
Suspicious Activity Detection
Identify suspicious data flows between robots. Detect robots that use untrusted third-party components or exhibit activity related to ransomware, data exfiltration or DDoS attacks. Detect governance tampering and enforce your organization’s security requirements.
Enforce governance rules like separation between environments. Leverage automated actions to suspend or delete risky robots. Identify and contact creators of high-risk robots or bots that break governance rules.
Make RPA a Force for Efficiency,
Not a Security Risk.
With Zenity, you can stop worrying about RPA security risks, and start focusing on leveraging RPA solutions to maximize business efficiency, avoid errors and allow your employees to focus on meaningful work. No matter which RPA platform you use – Power Automate desktop flows, UiPath, Automation Anywhere, BluePrism or beyond – Zenity provides the visibility and security you need to put RPA to work without undercutting your business’s security posture.