Cybersecurity Orchestration and Automation Must Know Notes

Cybersecurity Orchestration and Automation Must Know Notes

Hackers and cybercriminals are becoming more and more sophisticated when it comes to launching cyber attacks.  There are malware, ransomware and all sorts of cyberattacks that you have to be hyper-aware of a fully cognisant.  These days security teams have to keep up with artificial intelligence and machine learning capabilities that have the potential to do severe damage to your companies networks.  It is vital the security team get immediate incident response assistance.  The answer certainly lies with cybersecurity orchestration and automation.

Cyberbit has identified a few reasons why you should consider cybersecurity orchestration and automation as part of your incident response processes.

  1. Manual heavy processes

Incident response is littered with processes that are manually driven.  From tracking, collating and collaborating with team members, these processes are time heavy and mundane.  The manual processes involved in the company leaves little time to focus on response and curtails overall productivity.  Often security team members are so focused on the manual processes that potential threats fall through the cracks.

  1. Cross-team communications is lacking

The cybersecurity team may be responsible for identifying possible threats, but it is the responsibility of the IT operations team to tackle these possible threats.  Often, possible threats are not communicated in time to the IT operations team, as the cybersecurity team is too caught up in dealing with manual processes.  There is a distinct lack of coordination across teams and could leave your organization open to possible cyberattacks.

  1. Highlights a skills shortage in cybersecurity

According to an Information Systems Security Association survey conducted in 2016, the serious lack of cybersecurity skillswas highlighted as one of the biggest problems in companies.  The biggest problem area was investigations and security analysis. Should your cybersecurity team suffer this skill shortage, your incident response and threat recognition will suffer.

A skills shortage and a process that is manually intensive will leave your cybersecurity initiative open for attack.  You will have no one in place to address any potential threats.

Deciding to move to cybersecurity orchestration and automation will eliminate these problems mentioned above and a host of others that are unique to your company.

Here are a few advantages of cybersecurity orchestration.

  • The orchestration process will force cybersecurity team to adhere to industry best practices. When resources are properly prioritized and organized, then automation is easily achievable.
  • Automation takes care of individual tasks, but orchestration collates them all for optimized workflows.
  • Orchestration ensures that you do not have multiple automation scripts running independently of each other. Centralizing these scripts will make changing and updating a lot easier and less costly.
  • Orchestration processes allow you to modify, monitor and alert incidences automatically and will greatly reduce the hours need to manage any potential threats.
  • Long-term cost saving is one of the biggest advantages of cybersecurity orchestration as it allows you to optimize resources and reduce the workforce need for threat detection.
  • Cybersecurity orchestration has many benefits, but ultimately making sure your company and networks are not open to any cyber threats is the biggest benefit of all.

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