No one can deny the primacy of automation in today’s world.
In recent decades, humans have accelerated the pace of innovation, deploying new technologies wherever it’s possible.
Even humans themselves cannot suppress this evolution because technology has helped them automate various aspects of life.
And while I was looking for an example to put here, I mistakenly misspelled a bunch of words to realize that software had automatically taken the initiative and corrected them.
Look around and you will see some examples too.
And when you recognize one, ask yourself, what’s the one thing this automation is helping me with?
I will save you time, the answer is “Save time and adapt to change.”
They say “lost time is never found again.”
And when cybercriminals start their illicit operations, the time it takes to detect and respond is crucial and must be as quick as possible.
As always, we will define security automation and how it helps to defeat cyber threats by solving three problems for security teams.
What is security automation? And Why?
Security automation is about positioning technology to perform security-related tasks for the sake of saving time and adapting to any suspicious changes in the IT infrastructure.
Security automation has come to life to adhere to some significant problems such as:
Talent shortage: You may already know that the cybersecurity industry is wrestling with a massive talent shortage. Security professionals are having difficulty dealing with burnout and the tremendous number of tasks they must complete in their daily routine.
Alert fatigue: One of the daily routines for a security professional is coping with constant alerts, warning them of unusual behavior. These alerts are extremely useful when it comes to halting cyberattacks before they take place. However false alerts are also part of this routine, which over time, become repetitive, causing fatigue to security professionals.
Lack of visibility: Also, today’s networks and cyber threats are more complex than ever and this creates a dilemma when trying to keep everything visible. You can’t protect what you can’t see. That’s why cyber criminals might be moving laterally on the sly.
Okay! Let’s have some empathy for the security workforce and address the three challenges above.
Regardless of their level, security people want to step back and never think of false positives again while having a clear view of how the network is operating in real-time.
Also, combating alert fatigue increases the productivity and efficiency of security teams.
Another benefit of deploying security automation is being able to adapt to change.
“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is most adaptable to change.” — Darwin.
For organization, it’s not the one with so many security solutions that survives. It’s the one fastest to adapt to change.
Security automation plays an essential role in making a cybersecurity program adaptable to change.
When the IT staff are not around, automation acts by itself and as fast as possible whenever and wherever there’s a suspicious movement happening. Because exposure caused by human error can have a harmful impact on the whole organization.
In closing, security teams want to save time so they can use it in other important tasks. They would welcome any solution that will help them to have a clear view of what’s happening and be prepared all the time.
That’s the influence of security automation in any cybersecurity program.
If you are curious about such a solution, we invite you to know more.