Businesses Look Towards Security Automation
More than 80 percent of respondents believe that automation will increase the overall security posture of their organizations, according to AlgoSec.The vast majority of businesses (83 percent) say the use of automation for managing security processes needs to increase over the next three years, according to an AlgoSec survey of 350 respondents, including C-level executives, senior networking, security, risk and compliance professionals, data center professionals and application architects. More than 80 percent of respondents believe that automation will increase the overall security posture of their organizations, while 75 percent think it will improve application availability, reduce errors and enable them to process security policy changes faster. Three-quarters of respondents said that automation will reduce audit preparation time and improve compliance, while 50 percent believe that automation will help deal with the IT skills shortage and the reliance on experienced security engineers. "The most surprising finding was the disconnect between senior management and rank and file security professionals regarding the levels of automation across their organizations," Nimmy Reichenberg, vice president of marketing and strategy for AlgoSec, told eWEEK. "This stems from a lack of understanding by the C-levels of the daily challenges faced by their staff, and the solutions available to address them. Therefore, as C-level executives become more educated, automation should be driven from the top down in order to alleviate concerns surrounding accuracy, processes and business disruption."
Reichenberg explained that as the survey shows, concerns regarding accuracy and false positives are hindering the proliferation of automation tools, followed by difficulty driving organizational changes, lack of time and knowledge needed to dedicate to deploying these type of solutions.