Companies face many challenges when trying to keep up with the rapidly evolving threat landscape. Cyberattacks are becoming more severe and sophisticated, making them difficult to detect, prevent, and remediate.
Many organizations lack the internal resources needed to meet increasing security risks. Businesses may not have the manpower or expertise to execute a robust security strategy. For example, the number of security alerts is increasing along with the percentage of false alerts. The burden of assessing and responding to these alerts is too great for internal staff to handle.
Security automation can solve these problems by allowing companies to leverage artificial intelligence (AI) for threat intelligence, enhanced detection capabilities, and accelerated incident response.
Benefits of Security Automation
Security automation takes the burden of detecting and responding to attacks off the IT staff by using AI for intelligent automation. Companies that take advantage of security automation get the benefits of a security operations center (SOC) without the expense of staffing one with cybersecurity experts.
By replacing manual processes, automation for security provides the speed needed to identify and respond to threats in real time. Shortening the time it takes to detect and mitigate threats reduces the chance that your company will experience a breach or that a breach will go unnoticed.
How Security Automation Works
Security automation performs repeatable security tasks without the need for human intervention. Like most automation processes, security automation processes can be programmed to mimic manual processes.
Two technologies that use AI for security automation are security information and event management (SIEM) and security orchestration, automation, and response (SOAR). With SIEM, companies can log event information, analyze it to find suspicious activity, and use the information to respond appropriately. SOAR automates breach prevention and response by connecting tools through orchestration and programming security tasks so they can be triggered by an event.
Some of the processes that can be carried out by security automation are:
- Threat Hunting
Security automation allows companies to leverage threat intelligence to detect more threats, including emerging threats, more quickly.
- Incident Response
Security automation empowers security teams to remediate systems affected by an incident across the company environment.
Red Hat Ansible for Cybersecurity Automation
While Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform is not a security solution, it can support security through automation. The Ansible Automation Platform can integrate with security tools, such as security information and event management (SIEM) and security orchestration, automation, and response (SOAR).
Red Hat Ansible provides all the tools needed to carry out enterprise-wide automation. These tools include hundreds of pre-built playbooks. Playbooks eliminate the need to carry out security tasks one command at a time.
As an open-source technology, Ansible responds to emerging threats quickly and has high security standards. Red Hat brings a comprehensive DevSecOps approach to security automation that supports innovation while still promoting security.
How to Get Started With Security Automation
Developing a security program that leverages automation doesn’t need to be difficult. Using the right platform, such as Red Hat Ansible, can help your company support security automation across your IT environment.
ProActive Solutions offers threat prevention and management as part of our security and compliance solutions. We will work with your company using a consultative approach that strives to understand your security challenges and to find the right solutions to meet them, including Red Hat Ansible for security automation and other leading software solutions that expand your infrastructure capabilities.
Learn more about security automation solutions. Ask for a consultation from ProActive.