The Diri project is an innovation project that aims to make cybersecurity easier to understand for non-experts. Cybersecurity is crucial for all digitization and modern technology, and it is important for both society and businesses to manage the risk to protect the population and ensure stable operation. Lack of cybersecurity can have significant consequences, such as when Østre-Toten municipality lost all production data and backups in a ransomware attack, and when MAERSK lost 300 million dollars in 2017 due to a cyber attack.
Diri AS aims to digitize the security expert: many companies do not have expertise in cybersecurity, and it takes years of training and practice to be able to identify and manage cybersecurity risks. The Diri project aims to solve this problem by offering smart decision support through the Diri application. This will reduce the need for external expertise by helping businesses identify their information assets and offering knowledge of cybersecurity risks and controls to improve proactive work.
The goal is to digitize the security expert by using artificial intelligence to assess simple business attributes and IT systems to provide recommendations on which risks are urgent with corresponding necessary security controls. This will reduce manual work while providing significant societal benefits. Diri is a software company founded in 2020 by the NTNU Department of Information and Communication (IIK), Section for Digital Security, and Center for Cybersecurity (CCIS). The project aims to identify a target audience, customize the product, and verify the approach.
The Diri project contributes to the United Nations' sustainability goals 9 and 16. Goal 9, "Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure," aims to build resilient infrastructure, promote sustainable industrialization, and foster innovation. By offering smart decision support through its Diri application, the project is helping to make cybersecurity easier to understand for non-experts, reducing the need for external expertise, and promoting sustainable digitalization.
The Diri project is also contributing to goal 16, "Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions," which aims to promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all, and build effective, accountable, and inclusive institutions at all levels. By identifying and addressing cybersecurity risks, the project is helping to protect individuals and businesses, promote stability and safety in society, and support effective governance.
In particular, the Diri project's use of artificial intelligence to assess simple business attributes and IT systems to provide recommendations on urgent risks and necessary security controls is contributing to the development of strong and inclusive institutions. By reducing the need for manual labor and increasing efficiency, the project is also contributing to sustainable industrialization and infrastructure development.
Overall, the Diri project is making important contributions to the UN's sustainability goals 9 and 16 by promoting innovation, sustainability, and strong institutions in the digital age.