Cybersecurity Automation

Cybersecurity automation reduces the manually-driven human dependency for detecting, identifying, defending, responding, and recovering from security threats.

Relying heavily upon manual interventions to defend against highly sophisticated threats is like fighting a fast-spreading fire with a squirt gun. Without automation and unified intelligence and analytics, organizations become hamstrung responding to attacks and breaches, and limit their ability to scale security operations to protect against new threats.

A lack of skilled workers - the growing need for cybersecurity automation

There are 3.5 million unfilled cybersecurity jobs around the world, with 500,000 in the U.S. alone. Due to shortages, employees are often overworked and battle to keep up with ongoing job challenges. Ultimately, they may either leave the company, or become discouraged and less productive.

The growing volume and sophistication of cyber attacks and breaches, coupled with a shortage of expertise, is making security teams less effective and efficient. Automation can be key in helping them manage and remediate repeated workflows, maximize their security investments, and improve operations.

There are many manual security operations tasks that can be automated, such as monitoring intrusion detection systems to search for threats. Automaton with integrating threat intelligence enables security teams to more efficiently navigate data alerts to find obscure threats.

Benefits of cybersecurity automation

Automation enables faster data collection, making the incident response more uniform and efficient. It eliminates time-consuming and repeatable tasks, allowing cyber security personnel to work on more strategic initiatives.

Automation with artificial intelligence improves analytic capabilities and eliminates human error. Automated activities identify deficiencies that can be corrected through formalized procedures that create a more secure environment.

To investigate increasing threats, organizations can automate lower level, repeatable workflows to improve security against hackers, while freeing security teams to focus on more productive activities.

Key areas of security automation and intelligence that can improve ROI, while enhancing security posture:

  • Security orchestration, automation and response
  • Security intelligence and threat-sharing
  • Analytics and user-behavior analysis
  • Enterprise governance risk and compliance
  • Data loss prevention and protection
  • Cloud security and continuous compliance monitoring
  • Network security and perimeter defense
  • Automated policy management

Lack of technology standardization and a skilled workforce are the biggest challenges organizations will face as they look into cybersecurity automation. Organizations will need to map their digital assets to the required security controls and plan for integration with automation techniques. Organizations should consider the following:

  • Develop an information risk management program that can see into all digital assets, cybersecurity tools and processes.
  • Establish standards that will default to leverage automation as the first choice of security control implementation.
  • Define KPIs and KRIs to demonstrate the ROI and value of security automation.

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