Security automation is the automation of security tasks, including both administrative duties and incident detection and response. Security automation provides numerous benefits to the organization by enabling security teams to scale to handle growing workloads.
As cyber threats become more numerous and sophisticated, the concept of zero trust security was created to help manage enterprise cyber risk. Instead of implicitly trusting internal users and systems, zero trust security approves or denies access requests on a case-by-case basis driven by role-based access controls (RBACs).
The granular security provided by a zero trust architecture has significant benefits, but it also creates a significant amount of overhead. Security automation is essential to building a secure, scalable, and sustainable zero trust strategy.
The primary goals of security automation are to enable faster incident response and to increase security agility. These two objectives are accomplished in a few different ways.
Security teams are increasingly overwhelmed by ever-growing workloads. Corporate IT infrastructure is growing more complex and distributed, making it more difficult to monitor and secure. At the same time, cyber threats are becoming more sophisticated, requiring more sophisticated detection and prevention capabilities.
Security automation can help security administrators keep up with their expanding responsibilities:
Cyberattacks are growing more numerous and are increasingly automated, decreasing the time from the attacker’s initial access to achieving their final objective. Minimizing the risk and impact of these attacks requires rapid incident detection and response.
As cyberattacks become more automated, incident detection and response must be automated as well to keep up. Security automation can aid incident detection and response in a couple of ways, including:
Many organizations’ security architectures are composed of an array of standalone solutions designed to address certain threats on a particular platform. This complex security infrastructure is difficult to monitor and manage, impeding security teams’ ability to identify and respond to potential threats.
Security automation can help to address this issue by integrating an organization’s range of security solutions. With the use of APIs, an organization can link standalone security solutions together, enabling centralized monitoring and management and enhancing sharing of threat data across the organization’s security infrastructure.
Some of the main types of security automation tools include:
As organizations work to adopt zero trust security models, security automation is essential to closing the gap between an organization’s existing security and a zero trust security posture. To get started on your zero trust journey, take the Check Point Zero Trust Security Checkup.
Closing these security gaps requires a security solution that offers extensive automation capabilities. Check Point Infinity centralizes and automates security management and streamlines incident detection and response, enabling an organization to minimize its cybersecurity risk. To learn more about implementing zero trust with Check Point Infinity, check out this webinar.