Organizations can reap a lot of benefits from security automation.
Benefits of Security Automation
It enables you to prioritize risks and respond to some cyber-attacks automatically using predefined action plans. This eliminates the need for human interaction, reduces response time, and addresses security concerns without the need for manual intervention.
Security automation presents many advantages over conventional security solutions. It reduces the risk of human error, detects threats faster, helps organizations make informed decisions about security incidents, reduces the time to respond to security incidents, and can be custom-made to fit an organization’s specific requirements.
Here are more benefits of security automation:
Reduce Risk of Human Error
Most conventional security solutions are based on the assumption that someone is watching all the time. With security automation, organizations can lessen their dependence on humans. This eliminates the risk of human error.
Automated tools are capable of monitoring networks 24/7/365 without any breaks or naps, for instance. They are also capable of analyzing huge amounts of data in a very short time.
Detect Threats Faster
Conventional tools can detect threats after they have penetrated the network. These tools, moreover, are often inadequate to keep threats at bay. As a result, businesses end up dealing with damage control and loss mitigation. Security automation also enables organizations to identify attacks and intrusions as they happen. Besides, this helps organizations respond quickly and block cyber attacks automatically.
Automated security tools can also perform real-time monitoring of the entire network; and the devices connected to it (including virtual machines, mobile devices, IoT). These tools use advanced behavioral analytics and anomaly detection techniques to identify cyber-attacks and zero-day exploits while they are still in progress.
Automated Tools Can Be Custom-Made to Fit an Organization’s Specific Requirements
Most conventional security tools can work with a single type of threat; or these tools can deal with threats basing on certain parameters. This also makes them inadequate to deal with the ever-changing threat landscape.
Automated security tools are also capable of dealing with a wide variety of threats using advanced machine-learning techniques. These tools can be customized to address specific threats, identify the entities that are causing trouble, and develop responses to block them.
Automated security tools can be installed on-premises or in the cloud.
The good news is that you don’t have to reinvent the wheel to implement security automation. Plenty of organizations have already built robust security automation strategies that you can learn from.
Automated tools can be used to perform critical security tasks while freeing up time for security professionals to focus on strategic initiatives. This helps to improve organizational efficiency while reducing the risk of human error and freeing up security professionals’ time for other tasks.
How Can You Implement Security Automation?
The following tips can help organizations implement security automation:
Choose the right tools
Security automation is made possible by advanced security tools that are capable of automating a wide variety of security processes. Also, make sure that your security automation tool of choice is capable of supporting the entire spectrum of critical security operations and tasks.
Define your security automation strategy
Once you have selected the right tool, it’s important to develop an overall strategy for implementing it. This will also help you avoid blind spots and ensure that you reap maximum value from them.