With the introduction this year of so-called “robot umpires” into professional baseball – as part of an experiment in the United States’ independent Atlantic League – jeering fans may be wondering whether their days of booing a missed call will soon be behind them.

If you look at the numbers, the experiment, which essentially involves an actual umpire still standing behind home plate but wearing headphones connected to tracker software that determines balls and strikes, is a long time coming. However, objectors argue robot umps threaten to fundamentally alter a tradition-filled game, and the system is still capable of making errors.

Out of the ballpark and into the security operations center, no such customs are impeding the adoption of our electronic overlords, where the lack of automation is one of the biggest issues facing security teams, according to a recent study. Many security analysts are drowning in alerts and tedious duties and yearn for the chance to devote more time to higher-order functions that require increased human intelligence, as well as soft skills (such as critical thinking, creativity and collaboration), all of which machine learning and artificial intelligence cannot provide.

The automation piece of security orchestration, automation and response (SOAR) software – one of the more promising technologies in the cybersecurity space – has many applications within the SOC to streamline operations and grow efficiency. In the video above, Siemplify CMO Nimmy Reichenberg takes you through all the stages involved with addressing emerging threats and how they can be automated:

  • Triage
  • Decision 
  • Investigation
  • Response
  • Lessons learned

Give Nimmy’s lesson in automation a watch and you may find yourself soon hitting a home run with your SOAR.