True or false: your organization is ready for security automation.
What drives security operations teams to begin the journey to security automation differs for each SOC, whether it's a staffing shortage or the inefficiency that results from manual processes.
Check out our list of 6 true or false statements below, all of which are common triggers for implementing a security automation solution. If you answer "true" to any of the items below, now may just be the time to start automating.
You’ve Experienced a Significant Breach
Have you suffered a significant cybersecurity breach recently? It happens. In fact, it happened more than 1,500 times in 2017 in the U.S. alone. But continuing to do the same things you have always done even after a significant breach is far too common. Understanding why a breach happened is part of the investigative process and is vital to guarding your organization against similar incidents in the future. Security automation platforms help speed up the investigation process and can help you automate responses to known threats before they can cause damage to your organization.
Your Incident Response Time is Slipping
Have your incident response time numbers been slipping? As cybersecurity teams deal with an increasing number of systems, networks, and threats, they naturally find it more difficult to deal with these issues in the same amount of time as they once did. One solution is to hire more bodies, but the security analyst talent shortage is well known. And, in organizations where most processes are handled manually, onboarding new talent can take a long time. Security automation can help teams identify the most pressing issues, adequately prioritize responses and make it easy for new employees to get up to speed quickly.
You've Had Threats Slip Through the Cracks
Even if a threat did not end up causing significant damage, having threats slip through unaddressed can be a sign of issues in your processes. Typically, this is a byproduct of having more alerts triggered than can be reasonably addressed in a timely manner. This is compounded when the alerts come from a disparate set of security tools that aren't integrated with one another. Security automation tools can help by automating the response to certain alerts so analysts are free to spend time on the alerts that truly need their attention. As a bonus, some security automation platforms also have security orchestration capabilities that add even more efficiency by enabling the management of a variety of security tools.
You Need to Reduce Your Security Budget
Organizations still running their security operations exclusively from SIEM are likely overspending on manpower. Most SIEM platforms require a lot of work to sift through data and investigate threats because of the way they present the data they collect. And cybersecurity staff is only getting more expensive to attract and retain. Salaries in the cybersecurity industry are expected to increase by 7% in 2018. Security automation platforms make your existing staff more efficient by reducing false positives so security analysts can handle the most pressing issues. An investment in security automation can save your business significant money for years to come by maximizing manpower and the investment you've made in your security tools.
Your SOC Team Requires Better Organization
Despite significant investments in technology, SOCs are notorious for relying on manual processes when it comes to incident investigation and response. This often leaves security analysts to their own devices as they work to triage and resolve security events. And it leaves organizations vulnerable when employees leave because they take the tribal knowledge of undocumented processes with them. Security automation necessitates getting your processes in order in order to take full advantage of its benefits. In that light, security automation tools can be the push that teams need to get their day-to-day processes in order so they are predictable and repeatable.
The Culture within Your SOC Team is Suffering
Do you find that your security team culture is suffering? Is bickering between team members and management becoming more commonplace? In most organizations, the number of systems and platforms that a cybersecurity team must protect continues to grow. Without updates to the tools used to monitor these systems, the expectations of each individual team member grow along with it. It's no wonder one in three SOC analysts is currently job hunting. An investment in better monitoring and investigation tools not only helps to make your team more effective, it reduces their workload and improves SOC team culture simultaneously.
So, how did you do? Answering "true" to two or more of the items above means now is the time to start investigating how you can start reaping the benefits of security automation to improve the overall efficiency, efficacy and culture of your security operations.