Embrace the Tools: Why Cybersecurity Automation is Key

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The human brain is wired for skepticism. We often resist change, even when it offers clear advantages. This resistance can be seen in various historical examples, like the Luddite movement’s opposition to textile machinery and the public outcry against Boston’s subway system.

The same sentiment is evident in cybersecurity today. Despite the increasing adoption of automation (37% of companies already use it, and 45% plan to), trust remains a significant hurdle. This is surprising, considering the complexity of cyber threats and the lack of skilled professionals. Additionally, most cybersecurity automation solutions are reliable and well-established.

So, what’s holding us back from trusting these tools?

Beyond the Flawed Narrative:

We tend to fixate on the potential flaws of new technologies, while overlooking the inherent dangers of established ones. Statistics tell us more people get injured by elevators and escalators annually than by toilet seats. The point is, every system has its risks, but technology can also significantly improve our lives.

Think about it: we trust algorithms on platforms like Spotify and Netflix to curate our entertainment. We rely on virtual assistants like Siri and Google Assistant to manage our tasks. Even service robots and navigation apps have become indispensable companions. We haven’t reached the level of dependence depicted in the movie “Her,” but we’re undeniably integrating technology into our daily lives.

Building Trust in Automation:

How can we bridge this gap of trust in cybersecurity? How can we convince the skeptics, including the 38% of CISOs who doubt the value of automation (State of Cybersecurity Automation Adoption in 2022)? For those who have already adopted it but remain unsure, how can they enhance their confidence in the outcomes?

The answer lies in a conscious effort to build trust. Just like I learned to trust my car navigation system after a bad experience, leaders implementing automation in cybersecurity need to consistently evaluate its effectiveness. This continual validation builds trust in future results.

It can start from automating processes that are either repetitive or occur in large scale that humans cannot handle in a reasonable time (such as dealing with an extensive amount of security alerts coming through your MDR), all the way through making automated informed decisions that rely on data.

A Cost-Benefit Analysis:

An objective analysis reveals that the benefits of cybersecurity automation far outweigh the drawbacks. It’s time to move beyond fear and embrace innovation. The path forward lies in learning to trust the tools we create, just like we do with other technologies that have significantly improved our lives.

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