Is network security operations getting harder? Those who work in the trenches day in and day out sure think so. In fact, according to a recent report by ESG Research, a whopping 63 percent of cybersecurity and networking professionals employed by enterprise-level organizations believe it’s more difficult today than it was a mere two years ago. The reason? Well, a big part of it is the fact that there are more connected devices, applications and network traffic today than ever before.
Furthermore, 47 percent of those surveyed report increasing challenges in monitoring network behavior on an end to end basis. 41 percent believe the difficulties surrounding network security operations is due to the increasing adoption of cloud technology.
If you stop and think about it for a moment, enterprise networks are really just a series of moving parts – parts that continue to move at a rate that gets faster and more complex by the day. Organizations with limited resources – namely in the area of qualified network operations and cybersecurity personnel – simply cannot match this pace manually.
Forward-thinking infosec folks recognize the fact that the future of successful network security operations will hinge on the ongoing improvements being made on the automation front. As a matter of fact, 58 percent felt network security operations automation was “very important” in addressing IT initiatives of the future. 31 percent of survey respondents listed network security operations automation as “critical” for the future of IT.
In response to this growing need, IT solutions providers (like Ayehu) are focusing on developing and delivering robust network security operations automation platforms that are designed to address the pain points of this demographic. In addition to providing the ability to streamline and automate manual tasks and workflows, this technology is also built for easy integration with existing systems and applications, such as network monitoring and SIEM. This will allow enterprises to maintain a greater degree of control, intelligence and visibility over the various risks that today’s IT departments face.
The key to successful adoption of network security operations automation will ultimately lie in convincing those IT professionals who are already set in their ways of the many benefits this type of technology has to offer. As with just about any role, it can be challenging to teach and old dog new tricks, so to speak. It will be up to organizational leaders to effectively convince and convert their teams accordingly.
The days of relying on human workers and manual processes to keep the enterprise secure are all but gone. As such, CISOs and network operations managers must now thoroughly assess where they stand in terms of network security operations automation and begin making the transition as soon as possible. Once areas of concern such as bottlenecks and other shortcomings are identified, organizations will need to develop strategies to address these issues, making the adoption of network security operations automation a priority.