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‘Security automation ensures that key parts of cyber threat analysis can be carried out more efficiently’

15th September 2020

In this article, a brief overview of what security automation is, why it is needed, how it can help and how it looks in actual use, is explored

In this article, Claude Calleja, Executive at the eSkills Malta Foundation discusses some of the most important aspects of IT security and automation, and then offer some tips and tricks for implementing automated security protocols in your organisation.

Security automation ensures that key parts of cyber threat analysis can be carried out more efficiently, reducing working time and improving efficiency.

We can define security automation as the automisation of tasks through the use of digital systems with the aim of detecting and preventing cyber threats.

This in turn contributes to the organisation's overall threat intelligence that enables them to plan and defend against future attacks.

A Cyber Security automated system is one that enables automated systems to analyse, detect and prevent threats such as cyber-attacks and cyber espionage on critical infrastructure.

Automated security programs automatically perform checks using specific threat parameters, making use of known security threats.

Security automation can also help in many other scenarios, from the improvisation of vulnerabilities to the detection, through the prevention of vulnerabilities and including the monitoring of security.

Consider machine-based solutions that allow you to observe the behaviour of an application from within.

Automation not only speeds up actions but can also be used to coordinate the people and processes that make up a security team. Without automation, these same actions can still occur, but they can be lengthy manual processes that will cause delays on the detection of threats and vulnerabilities.

By directly integrating Security Intelligence into existing tools, security teams can access the extensive context needed to make better and faster decisions without disrupting workflows.

This allows them to become more aware of strategic initiatives that make their organisation safer. Automation can help achieve to achieve this if security is built in at the beginning of the process without any negative effects.

The practical scope for automating security is literally unlimited and that is the power of security orchestration. Automation of security for any type of task is possible with the right combination of tools and a good understanding of the safety environment. The orchestration goes a step further by ensuring that important systems are integrated to ensure automated safety feedback and tasks.

The benefits of security automation may seem like a pipe dream but when combined with security orchestration, these benefits can become achievable for any company. Cyber security automation offers benefits in terms of savings, the most effective use of IT security experts, and much more.

For example, adding security tests to your DevOps process and automating these tests saves important resources and puts one well ahead of their competitors. Automating security tests saves a company a lot of resources and makes it more efficient and cost-effective.

Additionally, Machine learning and artificial intelligence can act as enablers for automating security by enhancing the ability of automated cybersecurity systems to provide clear analysis, recognise patterns, understand behaviour, and solve problems. In the future, cybersecurity programs may become part of a continuous integration process, in which automation capabilities can be created through multiple automation techniques.

If you have decided that automating compliance can be an effective and valuable tool for your business, you may want to look for cloud-specific tools that will help you support your automated security and compliance journey. You can consider services like ServiceNow Security Operations that allow you to connect to your existing security tools while prioritising and responding quickly to security events because of their potential impact on the business.

This is to optimise cyber security - related tasks to improve the performance of your company and your compliance efforts. This technology fulfils all three tasks by improving and automating security activities for you, your customers and your customers’ companies in a variety of ways.

Security Automation is designed to reduce the risk of operational errors and solve cyber security threat issues that often arise from abnormal data use. Automated to identify threats, systematically triage the identified threats, determine the next steps and solve the problem in seconds. Automated security tests, perfectly integrated into the Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC), help developers to act quickly and address vulnerabilities much more efficiently.

By implementing security automation in SecOps, you can reduce false alarms and redirect security analysts to more valuable tasks. When orchestrating automated security, you integrate tools that help you track and report security metrics.

Before we address the need for automation in the response to enterprise security, we take a quick look at some common vulnerabilities and threats. We have studied how centralized logging can make automated security systems more efficient, increasing their agility and operational efficiency.

Before we delve into this industry trend, we should first define exactly what security automation and orchestration mean. Security Automation (sometimes referred to as Security Orchestrations or Automation) is a term that Gartner coined in 2017.

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‘Security automation ensures that key parts of cyber threat analysis can be carried out more efficiently’