Scarcity of Security Pros Advances Automation

By Karen A. Frenkel  |  Posted 12-12-2016 Email

A shortage of qualified cyber-security professionals and heavy reliance on manual security are driving companies to use automation to respond to security incidents, according to a survey sponsored by security and automation firm Hexadite. The Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG), which conducted the research, surveyed 100 IT professionals in North America who have knowledge or responsibility for their organization's incident response (IR) program. "Nearly every organization admits to challenges in the way they currently handle incident response, forcing them to look for other options," said Jon Oltsik, senior principal analyst at ESG. "Big changes are coming. Based on input from practitioners in the field, it's clear that organizations see the value of IR automation and orchestration, and we're just at the beginning of this trend." The research shows that 91 percent of respondents believe IR efficiency and effectiveness are limited by the time and effort of manual processes. Further, it found that 97 percent of organizations have either already taken steps to automate and/or orchestrate IR processes, or plan to do so within the next 18 months. Here's a look at some of the key findings from the survey.

Karen A. Frenkel writes about technology and innovation and lives in New York City.


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