Security automation is the machine-based execution of security actions with the power to programmatically detect, investigate and remediate cyberthreats with or without human intervention by identifying incoming threats, triaging and prioritizing alerts as they emerge, then responding to them in a timely fashion.
Security automation does most of the work for your security team, so they no longer have to weed through and manually address every alert as it comes in. Among other things, security automation can:
- Detect threats in your environment.
- Triage potential threats by following the steps, instructions and decision-making workflow taken by security analysts to investigate the event and determine whether it’s a legitimate issue.
- Determine whether to take action in response.
- Contain and resolve the issue.
All of this can happen in seconds, without requiring any action from staff. With security automation, repetitive, time-consuming actions are taken out of the hands of security analysts so they can focus on more important, value-adding work. In addition, security automation can also provide rapid threat detection. According to research by ESG, IT teams ignore 74 percent of security events/alerts — even when they have security solutions in place — due to sheer volume. Not only can security automation detect and resolve these common issues, it also eliminates human error that comes with inexperience, work overload and negligence.
This article will cover the basics of security automation, including why it’s important for businesses, how security automation platforms and tools can create value and how to get started on implementation.