10 Ways IT Automation Can Reduce Cybersecurity Risks

In today’s day and age, especially given recent events, concern about cybersecurity is at an all-time high. Businesses, consumers and employees all want to be certain that their sensitive information remains safe and secure at all times. Just consider the recent security breech that occurred with major retailer Target, through which the sensitive financial information of millions of people was compromised by a hacker. So, how can you be sure that the confidential data your organization is responsible for will remain safe from a potential cyber threat? Simple: through IT automation. Here’s how.10 Ways IT Automation Can Reduce Cybersecurity Risks

You probably already have some type of security information and event management (SIEM) system in place, which is designed to protect sensitive data from being accessed by unauthorized parties. The right IT automation and orchestration platform can essentially integrate with that existing system to both enhance and extend its capabilities. The result is a closed-loop automated process that helps to identify security incidents the moment they occur so they can be addressed immediately. Furthermore, because this is no longer done manually, operational efficiency will improve as an added bonus.

The way it works is simple. Security threats are identified right away so they can be evaluated to determine their level of importance. With the right product, this part of the workflow can incorporate human decision making. The security analyst can review all detected threats, verify their severity and then determine the next step in addressing each one. Automation is then re-initiated and the workflow can continue instantaneously. The appropriate tasks can be executed over either physical, virtual or cloud environments. ITPA can monitor security threats both on a case by case basis and via routine scheduled scans to proactively identify and prevent security vulnerabilities.

Still not convinced? Here are 10 specific ways that IT automation can help businesses reduce cybersecurity threats:

  • Capture SIEM system security events and automatically execute specified procedures to extract additional information, manage incident resolution and communicate with relevant personnel as needed to solve more complex events.
  • Capture antivirus system alerts and execute policies to prevent intrusions and the spread of viruses and other dangerous external threats.
  • Monitor the availability and functioning of internal security systems.
  • Remotely disconnect any unauthorized devices and/or computers from the network instantly via email or SMS.
  • Remotely disable/lock access for hostile users immediately via email or SMS.
  • Conduct remote, on-demand checks of users who are currently logged in to a certain workstation, using either email or SMS.
  • Generate daily reports of Active Directory (AD) locked users.
  • Generate daily reports of AD users that haven’t logged in to the domain during or within certain timeframes.
  • Generate reports of AD users whose passwords are about to expire within the next few days, as well as send alerts via email/SMS.
  • Enable/disable user logins within certain time frames to maintain better control over remote user connections.

These days, cyber threats are everywhere and businesses of every size and industry must be aware of the dangers, and take proactive measures to protect the sensitive data that they are in possession of. By integrating IT automation with your existing SIEM, you can more effectively achieve this goal and provide an added level of protection to your sensitive information.

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