Security Orchestration and Automation: Closing the Gap in Incident Response

October 7, 2016

Companies in North America are poised to increase their reliance on security orchestration and automation for incident response (IR), according to Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG).

The research also explored the drivers of this shift, identifying the shortage of qualified cybersecurity professionals and the heavy reliance on manual resources as the main contributing factors.

ESG surveyed 100 IT professionals with knowledge or responsibility for their organization’s incident response processes and technologies. The research shows that 91 percent of these people believe that IR efficiency and effectiveness are limited by the time and effort of manual processes. In addition, it found that 97 percent of organizations have either already taken steps to automate and/or orchestrate incident response processes, or plan to do so within the next 18 months.

“With the recent advances in incident response (IR) technologies and the increasing pervasiveness of data, monitoring IR processes end-to-end requires a high level of participation from enterprises’ legal and HR teams, now more than ever, in order to meet legal and regulatory compliances,” Stephen Singam, managing director of security research at Distil Networks, told Help Net Security.

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