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Lack of security automation exposes enterprises to downtime

AlgoSec has published the results of its ‘State of Automation in Security’ survey which found that 83 percent of organizations want the use of automation to manage security processes to greatly increase over the next 3 years.

Other key findings from the survey include:

  • Lack of automation causes outages and breaches. 20 percent of organizations had experienced a security breach, 48 percent had an application outage and 42 percent had a network outage as a result of a misconfiguration caused by a manual security-related process.
  • Not enough automation. Only 15 percent of respondents reported that their security processes were highly automated.  Over 52 percent had some automation in place but felt that it was not enough, and 33 percent said they had little to no automation.
  • Motivations for automation abound, but so are concerns. The growing number of cyber threats, time spent performing security changes manually, and cloud and SDN projects were the top motivations for automation. However, concerns about accuracy, and the resources required to implement automation solutions, as well as difficulty driving organizational changes are inhibiting their proliferation.
  • Automation serves the business. Over 80 percent of respondents believe that automation will increase the overall security posture of their organizations. 75 percent of respondents think it will improve application availability, as well as enable them to process security policy changes faster and reduce errors. 75 percent also feel that automation will reduce audit preparation time and improve compliance. 50 percent believe that automation will help deal with the IT skills shortage and reliance on experienced security engineers.

Download the full report here.

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