With cyberthreats growing in sophistication and frequency, a 100% DIY approach to security operations rarely makes sense anymore. Outsourcing, co-sourcing or engaging consultants to gain access to critical knowledge, services, skills and technologies can help you build a scalable cybersecurity strategy for this ever-evolving challenge.
In working with clients, we have found a key component of security transformation is AI-driven automation and analytics. These technologies help:
- Drive efficiencies and reduce the time it takes to recognize and remediate threats,
- Enable people to work smarter and faster,
- Increase staff efficiency and cost effectiveness,
- Allow analysts to spend less time sorting through noise and more time focused on vetted high-priority alerts and events, and
- Empower analysts in providing more valuable, data-driven insights to leadership.
Automation and analytics can be part of different services and solutions. For example, third-party providers could use them to assess current systems based on strategic priorities—a pre-requisite to identifying other high-priority areas to apply transformative technologies. They could also be embedded in business applications. Either way, they help organizations save time and prioritize resources while controlling the cost of security operations.
A disciplined approach to security transformation
While AI-driven automation and analytics can help transform your security operations, they aren’t magic. They require skilled people and operational planning.
Developing effective security operations requires an organized and iterative cycle of discovery, design, deployment and optimization. This approach helps the organization become more secure and agile by equipping staff with the tools and information they need to identify and address potential issues sooner. They gain more knowledge about enterprise risk and security operations in general, which empowers confident, fast decision-making when needed. Let’s walk through this cycle.
- Discover: Assess your organization’s current IT security posture and prioritize areas to determine where using AI, security automation and analytics makes the most sense.
- Design: Starting with the highest-priority use cases, develop automated solutions that reduce the need for human intervention.
- Deploy: Implement the solutions with your people top-of-mind. Make them aware of the solutions’ benefits and train them to understand the capabilities and limitations.
- Optimize: Business needs and external factors constantly evolve. Even as you deploy more security automation solutions, continue to monitor performance and results, and optimize each solution to meet current needs.