Think the cyber security incident response talent gap is being blown out of proportion? Not so, at least according to a recent survey by Enterprise Strategy Group, which revealed that a whopping 98 percent of IT security professionals consider incident response to be a significant challenge. Furthermore, 71 percent say it’s become increasingly difficult to keep up with over the past two years.
With ongoing advances in technology, it might seem somewhat paradoxical that IT departments are finding it harder than ever to keep their organizations secure. The reason lies in the fact that the volume and complexity of attacks is also rapidly increasing and improving coupled, of course, with the lack of personnel that is qualified to handle these types of incoming threats. 46 percent of survey respondents admit that keeping up with the volume of threat intelligence is incredibly difficult. It’s simply impossible to investigate every single alert, which leaves the door – no matter how narrow – open for possible breach.
Another 91 percent of survey respondents stated that their cyber security incident response efforts are hindered by the massive time and resources being wasted on manual processes. The good news is there is a viable solution. That is adopting automation as a central component of the incident response strategy. In fact, 97 percent of the IT pros surveyed have either already begun automating at least a portion of their IR, or plan to do so sometime within the next 18 months.
With automation, cyber security incident response teams have the ability to investigate every single incoming alert without having to manually analyze and prioritize. This ensures that no time is wasted on false positives while legitimate threats sneak by undetected. More and more organizations are jumping on the automation bandwagon because it affords so many tangible and intangible benefits, from enhanced security to reduction in errors to cost savings and so much more.
The idea is to integrate automation tools in with existing monitoring systems and applications to create a much more fortified defense. In essence, automation serves as a force multiplier, enhancing and strengthening the existing infrastructure to make it more impenetrable. All of this can be accomplished without the need to bring in additional personnel, thereby solving the skills gap dilemma. And because automation eliminates most if not all of the manual cyber security incident response processes, existing staff is freed up to apply their expertise to more complex and mission-critical tasks and projects.