Kaspersky announced it would be addressing the challenges of the “human augmentation phenomenon.” This is by developing a comprehensive cybersecurity policy for using bionic devices.

According to Kaspersky, the document aims to “enhance the workforce while also considering employees’ security and welfare when using bionic devices in the office.”

This is to address the ongoing development and the growing use of bionic devices, which aimed to replace or augment parts of the human body with an artificial implant. There are legitimate and unfounded concerns among the cybersecurity experts the wider community. Their main concern is that there’s little to no attention on the security of such devices and there’s also a lack of awareness around the topic, both of which could compromise the greater goal for a safer digital world in the future. 

Kaspersky has been exploring the potential of human augmentation and evaluating security challenges that humanity may encounter during its wider integration into our lives. As a result, the company decided to respond to the specific need for security regulation. The recent publication of a cybersecurity policy specifically tackles the security risks that augmentation technology can pose to corporate IT networks. 

Developed by its security experts, Kaspersky revealed in summary that the new document “creates a scenario where augmented employees become more common in the company in the future and takes into account Kaspersky’s real-life tests with employees’ biochip implants.” The policy governs procedures for using bionic devices and provides a guide that can reduce the risks in business processes associated with using them. Bionic devices covered in the document include chip implants, bionic limb prostheses and internal organs, as well as artificial sensory organs.

The document applies to the full access control system, and administrative processes, maintenance processes, and the use of automated systems. It applies to both employees and temporary staff, as well as employees of third-party stakeholders that render contract services to the company. With these factors, the document aims to enhance the cybersecurity of the corporate infrastructure on a larger level. 

“Human augmentation is a burgeoning area of technology which in fact remains underexplored. That’s why making a first step towards clarifying issues related to its use, as well as strengthening security, will help us to ensure its potential is used in a positive way. We believe that to build a safer digital world for tomorrow, we need to digitally secure the future of human augmentation today,” said Marco Preuss, Director of Kaspersky’s Global Research & Analysis Team (GReAT) in Europe.

Read the full document of the cybersecurity policy on bionic devices here.

As it happens, there will be an upcoming international discussion on the future of human augmentation, global industry policy, digital security standards, major digital threats that can affect augmented devices, as well as best practices to address them. It will take place at the UN-organized Internet Governance Forum (IGF) 2021 on December 7, 2021. Interested to know more about human augmentation in the online panel discussion can join in today at 5:30 CET here.

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