How automation makes cybersecurity faster and smarter: The pros and cons

The world of automation is fully upon us. We as humans want things faster, quicker, and cleaner, with trust in actions taken by computers. All too often, we see in the movies lighting speed actions happening in real-time. Is this real? In essence, we can see automation everywhere, from ordering food at a kiosk to robots making food and beverages. So how has automation taken a foothold in cybersecurity?

The concept of automation often bleeds into the artificial intelligence (AI) world. Where AI makes decisions based on a number of technologies and learned variables. In principle, automation also makes these same types of decisions, but it’s based on rules and patterns. Nonetheless, in cybersecurity, automation is only as smart as we make it. The cyber-world is colossal, and different teams and operations can all use automation in different ways.

How is automation being used in cybersecurity?

In cybersecurity, specifically Adlumin, automation monitors, audits, detects, responds, and/or prevents malicious activities against multiple technologies. One of the main challenges in the cybersecurity world is burnout. By using automation, a Security Operations Center (SOC) team can quickly scale up their operations. For example, automation helps reduce analyst fatigue. Plus provides the tools to quickly identify, contain, and respond to malicious activity. It streamlines mundane, labor-intensive tasks that would’ve otherwise required manual effort. Automation reduces the time for threat detection and provides response capabilities across an organization’s technology set. In addition, automation helps reduce costs associated with manual processes and investigations; by detecting and containing threats such as malware, phishing emails, and malicious code.


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