The Case For Automation In Security

May, John O.
July 2004
Business Communications Review;Jul2004, Vol. 34 Issue 7, p64
Trade Publication
The article focuses on computer security. With all the new computer viruses, trojans, buggy software and disgruntled employees, breakdowns in security are becoming a fact of life in corporate networks. Many organizations believe that even if their intrusion detection, filtering and firewall solutions are not 100 percent effective, these will at least provide enough time for security specialists to figure things out. Since critical interdependencies drive the need for a single point of control, security operations must take the lead in coordinating the automation effort in a large operation. Automation not only shortens reaction time, it also provides a framework for rigorous validation, testing, and improvement. It can substantially reduce the cost of incidents and the risks associated with manual and ad hoc reactions. Automation is best used on the building blocks of a response to a security incident for example, bringing down an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system, or increasing the protection algorithm to a database, or even switching core applications to a backup site.


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