Is Cybersecurity Automation The Future?

One of the trending IT topics in 2019 is cybersecurity automation – a process which streamlined mundane and repeatable tasks without people intervention at regular intervals. The automation process has empowered businesses to assign their employees to other productive areas like problem-solving tasks which machines and software could not do.

Organizations which have taken a leap into problem-solving activities like research are flying ahead in all areas. Even from a cybersecuity angle, businesses that deploy automation are much more resilient to any unforeseen challenges. While the automation of business have resulted in increased production and efficiency, an organization’s information systems also gets more complex and malicious attackers are always on the look out to strike. As such, cybersecurity programs should be ready and available to implement automated cybersecurity solutions.

What Is Cybersecurity Automation?

Cybersecurity products are crafted to automate certain processes are widespread, and it is very much possible that you have implemented automation tools in your organization. For instance, vulnerability management products could be configured to detect and scan devices automatically for your entire network. They can be given instructions to perform an assessment that are based on a set of security rules as authorized by your organization. Once the assessment task is finished and defects identified, a remedy can be made.

Experts are now focused on new automation practices like security automation and orchestration (SOAR) products, custom-designed software and robotic process automation (RPA) that can process and perform even in depth analysis. SOAR products are built specifically to trigger activities between security tools and perform specific automated tasks when specific threats are identified.

RPA tools, on the other hand, are a broader set of automation tools. They can be designed to perform a wide variety of automated works. So far RPA tools have been mostly implemented in the human resource and finance departments. They can also be leveraged by the cybersecurity teams. A custom-designed software and code can also automate the process of analyses and is often prepared for a specific task within an organization which does not have an out of the box tool. All these automation approaches interact with an enterprise’s instrumentation to collect intel, do analysis and also take-automated action or even prompt some of the tech team members to take manual action.

Why Adopt Cybersecurity Automation?

As businesses are focusing their attention on digital transformation activities their technical operations are also becoming more complex. This in turn have a huge impact on the nature of the organization – like performance, competition, interaction with customers and the overall efficiency of the business operations. An increase in organizational complexity can result in higher risk unless cybersecurity is not effectively implemented to manage the changing environment by securely defending, monitoring and responding to any possible threats including corporate espionage. The best practice is to inspect your systems at regular intervals and also involve manual checks for signs of unexpected behavior and defects.

Benefits Of Cybersecurity Automation

Automation is more than a technical buzzword. It is here to stay and even grow in the coming years. As a result companies big and small are adopting it to make themselves competitive. When organizations starts implementing automation, the cybersecurity team gets more time to focus on tasks that are much more complex. While machines and programs can work on the mundane and repeatable tasks your cybersecurity team can work in areas that are more critical, creative and technical that requires the dynamic human brain. Once the right activities are automated, cybersecurity team members can focus on projects mentioned below:

Engineering & Architecture: Automation will allow your cybersecurity team to pay closer attention to designing and implementing security strategies, including initiatives like zero trust and imparting cyber norms within your organization.

Remedial Activities: Once the risks and deficiencies from your automation are identified, your cybersecurity team will be able to much more stable security in the enterprise environment leading to lesser vulnerabilities.

Automation Development & Engineering: Automation is already becoming an integral part of the cybersecurity program which requires its own resources related to ongoing and iterative automation design along with implementation.

So, What’s The Future?

We strongly believe that cybersecurity operations will become more intertwined with automation in the years ahead. This is why it is crucial for cybersecurity team members to become smarter when it comes to development of network security and implementation practices. In will not be long before the cybersecurity program become a developer shop where automation capabilities will be designed and crafted to work with highly advanced multiple automation techniques.

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