To address these perceived disadvantages, there are a number of significant truths about automation’s role in cyber security.
Uniform Strength – No military leader would march onto the battlefield with an army that is significantly smaller in size, strength or skill than its enemy. This same concept can and should be applied to the critical task of cyber security. Automation provides the ability to match incoming attacks stride for stride, affording the greatest level of protection possible.
Increased Efficiency – Adding automation into the IR process helps to streamline workflows and create a much more uniform and efficient environment. So, not only does the organization become stronger in terms of security, but it also becomes more cost-effective across the board.
Fewer Errors – Many of the most noteworthy cyber breaches in recent years have come at the hands of well-intentioned yet highly overworked humans. Even the most skilled IT professional is prone to make mistakes from time to time. Unfortunately, some errors can prove to be incredibly costly. Automation eliminates this problem by removing the human element from some or all of the process.
Better Decision Making – One of the biggest challenges IT leaders face is the monumental task of making critical business decisions on the fly. Another benefit of automation is the ability it provides to gather, analyze and prioritize crucial data at the click of a button, further enhancing the threat detection and incident management process.
With the average annual cost of cyber-attacks ranging anywhere from $38,000 for small businesses to upwards of $400 billion for global enterprises, the topic of cyber security is something that should be on the minds of every business leader today. More importantly, the strategies currently in place must be properly audited and sufficiently fortified if a company is to avoid becoming the next victim.
Despite the many misconceptions, automation is emerging as the ideal tool for streamlining and strengthening the incident response process and creating a better line of defense that will stand the test of time.
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