4 ways automation can improve your security posture

  • ServiceNow Blog
  • Solutions
  • Cybersecurity and Risk
  • 2022
March 01, 2022

Automation in security: woman working on a laptop in a coffee shop

Security is top of mind for many organizations—and for good reason. Recovering from a data breach is extremely costly. In fact, the average data breach costs more than $8.6 million in the US.

One of the best ways to defend against cyberthreats is by adopting and implementing security automation. According to a Ponemon Institute study, there’s a significant difference—84%—between the cost of a breach for organizations that have deployed security automation ($2.9 million) and those that haven’t ($6.7 million).

Automated security operations can help you prioritize and respond to threats fast. Taking it a step further with artificial intelligence (AI) can help optimize security efforts by rapidly identifying and triaging threats, freeing workers to focus on more complex tasks.

Let’s look at four ways automation can improve your security stance:

1. Minimize risk and downtime

In today’s highly competitive marketplace, downtime can mean lost customers. What if you could increase your business resilience against attacks to sustain uptime?

Learn the benefits of automating data management workflows in our Automated security incident response webinar. Karl Klaessig, director of product marketing for Security Operations at ServiceNow, and Chris Derton, a sales engineering manager for data security company Rubrik, discuss ways to simplify virtual machine management with a single service-level agreement (SLA) policy engine.

2. Harden your attack surface

Digital transformation and cloud computing have greatly expanded the attack surface, putting organizations at greater risk of cyberthreats. Protecting that attack surface requires intelligent prioritization and open communication.

Watch our Using automation to harden your expanding attack surface webinar to learn how to rein in the expanse and work more efficiently. Three ServiceNow experts share practical tactics to help you work smarter and keep from getting overwhelmed.

3. Spotlight vulnerabilities

Cybercriminals will go to many lengths to wreak havoc on organizations. You need to stay ahead of their moves. To do that, you need insight into the ways they think.

Gain an understanding of attackers’ decisions and operations in our Security automation and adversarial insights webinar. You’ll also learn how automation can help you respond rapidly to new threats.

4. Enable continuous monitoring

Your risk management framework (RMF) shouldn’t be rigid or narrowly focused. For the best security posture, you need integrated risk management and continuous authorization and monitoring. This combination can help improve both efficiency and visibility. Learn how in our Transforming RMF automation webinar.

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