Social engineering attacks, which target individuals rather than digital systems to gain the information needed for unauthorized access to networks, are on the rise. Recent reports show that phishing, which is among the more common social engineering attacks, increased by an astonishing 61 percent from 2021 to 2022.
“Cyber criminals are turning more and more to social engineering attacks because they’ve learned humans are usually the weakest link in the cybersecurity framework,” says Yashin Manraj, CEO of Pvotal Technologies. “I refer to it as the human vulnerability factor. It is a problem that leads directly to compromised or weak access credentials, which play a role in 80 percent of data breaches.”
Manraj and the team of technology experts at Pvotal are on a mission to mitigate human-induced vulnerabilities with an innovative design approach that elevates cybersecurity. The approach is known as LowOps, which is short for Low Operations. The strength of LowOps lies in its ability to systematically reduce human involvement and fortify cybersecurity at the core of the development process.
“The LowOps solutions we provide to our clients allow for the creation of an enterprise infrastructure where growth and agility go hand-in-hand with security,” Manraj explains. “Security is at the core of how we develop. Having control over an end-to-end infrastructure enables us to rapidly eliminate the common concerns our clients may face in the area of cybersecurity.”
Creating ‘Infinite Enterprises’ with no vulnerabilities
Companies turn to Pvotal when they need to develop sophisticated enterprises with no limits. They refer to their results as “Infinite Enterprises” which empower business leaders to have total control over their technology systems, as well as the peace of mind that comes from knowing those systems are secure.
“At Pvotal, we see every constraint as an opportunity to define the new,” Manraj says. “Our process allows us to explore possibilities without constraint, arriving at the best solution and building the technology that empowers it. The Infinite Enterprises that result are built for rapid change, seamless communication, top-notch security, and scalability to infinity.”
Constant improvement is another value Pvotal brings to the work it does for its clients.
“We set our own benchmarks for improvement, rather than competing with the market,” Manraj says. “When it comes to speed, scale, accuracy, and security, our goal is to constantly be improving in a way that allows us to beat our own standards, rather than settle for simply outperforming our competitors.”
Revolutionizing development with LowOps principles
Pvotal’s revolutionary approach to development leverages a strategy that gives its clients a strategic edge from ideation to development to deployment and beyond. The strategy utilizes LowOps, which combines key components of leading development tools and concepts to create a business-oriented approach to software development.
“The next-gen LowOps approach boosts operational efficiency for organizations as they develop software solutions,” Manraj explains. “Operations that typically require a substantial workforce, such as quality control, user interface design, and DevOps coding, are minimized by LowOps. It empowers organizations to expedite development and achieve higher levels of productivity. Essentially, the LowOps approach has the power to transform ideas into enterprise-grade cloud applications in half the time, at half the cost, and with half the effort required by traditional approaches.”
Fixing cybersecurity inefficiencies
The LowOps approach focuses on automating routine tasks in the software development process. In addition to lowering development and maintenance costs, this innovation also provides a transformative solution to the persistent issue of human-induced vulnerabilities in cybersecurity.
“Common cybersecurity solutions focus on guarding the perimeter of the infrastructure while overlooking the essential component of human involvement and the security risks it poses,” Manraj says. “By neglecting human vulnerabilities, those solutions lead to more services becoming vulnerable, essentially expanding an organization’s attackable area. LowOps limits infrastructure changes to automated tools, removing the need for human interventions and reducing the vulnerabilities they introduce.”
Pvotal also boosts security by providing an end-to-end development solution. By sourcing components from its 400 internally designed libraries — which it provides via an Infrastructure as Code model — Pvotal can rapidly build and deploy scalable solutions while avoiding human involvement in 80 percent of the process.
“In many cases, development companies put their trust in third-party software or code that may no longer be maintained, updated, or managed,” Manraj explains. “That practice has emerged as the primary reason cyberattacks succeed, leading to breaches that cost businesses an average of $5.2 million each. At Pvotal, we don’t see cybersecurity as an add-on or supplemental service to be considered at some point in the development process. We see it as a functional design and engineering choice that needs to be carefully managed.”
Pvotal’s innovative approach allows it to deliver a higher level of security, reliability, and scalability with far less effort than development alternatives. By sourcing components from Pvotal’s internal libraries, the approach also makes development more affordable, which means every company can take advantage of the benefits of LowOps to build secure and hyper-scalable custom products that solve their most pressing problems.