Security Automation – The Future of Cyber Security
With an increasing number of cyber security breaches affecting notable names, no company would confidently say they are fully protected or prepared to handle a sophisticated cyber-attack. Traditional methods, like anti-malware software, are no longer sufficient to keep sensitive data safe and it is time for automation to beef up cyber security for greater defense.
Recent attacks have been driven by automated bots and such intensive, sustained attacks make it a tough fight to handle the sheer volume and make quick and high-impact decisions to handle these threats efficiently. In these circumstances, security automation has become a powerful and effective component of cyber security incident response in combating the onslaught of incoming threats. Moreover, automation now goes beyond protecting just the technologies, but expanding into applications for IT infrastructure and the enterprise IT environment. From real time monitoring to alerts and incident response planning and investigation, security automation contributes to establishing a comprehensive security envelope for the enterprise.
Advantages and Features of Security Automation
Automation in cyber security comes with its own set of advantages and features such as:
- Uniform strength to match incoming attacks, providing the highest level of protection.
- Increased efficiency by adding automation into the Incident response process that also helps to streamline workflows and create a much more uniform and efficient environment. This provides stronger security and is also cost-effective.
- Fewer errors since automation remove the human element from some or all of the process.
- Better decision making since automation brings the ability to gather, analyze and prioritize crucial data, further enhancing the threat detection and incident management process.
Automating Enterprise Security Systems
Automating security infrastructure reduces security mistakes since security groups don’t have to be manually configured with respect to networks, user access, firewalls, encrypted volumes, DNS names, log shipping, etc. They don’t have to “remember” best practices every time they spin up a new instance because they only need to touch the scripts, not the instances, to make a change. Companies would need to look at automating infrastructure build-out since it is the most vulnerable aspect and automating it eliminates countless opportunities for error.
Automated security deployments can also improve an enterprise’s security positioning that makes it possible to respond to a security threat quickly without having to manually reboot servers. During deployment, companies can automate security monitoring so that there is a unified approach to protect core assets and contain the attack.
Automation works as a force-multiplier in enterprises and helps enterprises move as fast as startups.
Future of Security Automation
We expect that in the next five years, with vast quantities of data and hybrid environments it will be difficult to maintain the manual security approach. Security automation will prove very valuable in reducing errors and damage in security instances. To achieve this, businesses will have to address concerns about incorporating automation into cyber security. These include loss of control, lack of trust and fear of change. Despite the many concerns, security automation is emerging as the ideal tool for streamlining and strengthening security that will stand the test of time.
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