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The Language of Cybersecurity

What Is Security Automation? Safeguarding Your Business in the Digital Age

  • by NetWitness

In today’s digital information age, cybersecurity has become more critical than ever before. With new technological advances and the emergence of new and even more cunning cyber threats, businesses need to ensure their data and systems are secure. That’s why security automation is becoming increasingly popular for companies in today’s Digital Age — it helps organizations to keep up with the changing online landscape of cybersecurity and minimize risk.

Just as a refresher, security automation and response refers to the process of automating the many manual security processes involved when working an active incident, such as following a runbook of steps to be taken and moving the response along a defined workflow to more operationally -focused tasks like patching, access control, vulnerability management, and more. 

When carried out manually, these tasks are often tedious and time-consuming; however, automating them can save valuable resources while ensuring your organization’s data remains safe from malicious actors. Security automation and response also enables businesses to detect potential threats in real time, respond to attacks immediately, and take steps to mitigate the damage, in many cases without the need for human intervention — though a human touch always helps.

Here at NetWitness, we understand how important it is for businesses to remain secure in the ever-changing world of cybersecurity. That’s why we offer comprehensive security automation solutions that are tailored to meet your organization’s needs and provide the visibility and protection you need. Our solutions enable you to automate common security processes, detect threats quickly and accurately, respond swiftly to incidents, and reduce the risk of data breaches. But what does all this mean for your business? This blog post will answer all your questions about security automation and response and explain how it can help safeguard your business in the digital age.

Threats to Digital-Age Businesses

The digital age has brought on a new era of business opportunities and challenges. On the one hand, it offers companies access to unprecedented levels of data, connectivity, and productivity; on the other hand, it increases the risk of malicious actors exploiting vulnerabilities in systems holding your sensitive information. Moreover, cybercrime is ever-evolving and can come in the form of malware, phishing attacks, ransomware, and more — all of which can devastate your business. As such, it’s essential that companies understand the most common threats in the digital age. 

Social Engineering

Social engineering is a malicious tactic attackers use to gain access to sensitive information or networks by exploiting human trust and behavior. This can include phishing emails, vishing calls, smishing messages, baiting scams, and other methods. Through these techniques, cybercriminals aim to trick victims into providing personal information such as usernames and passwords, transferring money, or downloading malicious software. It’s important to be aware of these tactics as they can cause serious harm to a business if not recognized and thwarted in time. 


Malware is malicious software created to cause damage or gain unauthorized access to a computer or network. This category includes threats such as viruses, ransomware, keyloggers, and more. Viruses are self-replicating programs that spread throughout networks, while ransomware seizes control of data by encrypting it and demanding payment in exchange for the decryption key. Keyloggers record keystrokes, allowing attackers to gain access to sensitive information such as usernames and passwords. Malware is usually spread through phishing emails, malicious downloads, or USB drives carrying the software.

Insider Threats

Insider threats occur when malicious insiders take advantage of their access to corporate systems, networks, and data by stealing confidential information or disrupting operations. They can be intentional or unintentional — in some cases, those with malicious intent may have been recruited specifically to infiltrate the organization’s security system; in other cases, unwitting employees might click on a phishing link, giving attackers access to the system. In either case, insider threats are a severe problem that can have disastrous consequences for businesses if not properly monitored and managed.

Cloud Security

Cloud security is a growing concern as businesses migrate more data and operations to the cloud. Attackers can take advantage of unsecured cloud access points, privileged user accounts, misconfigurations, and other vulnerabilities to gain access to sensitive information or cause disruption. Additionally, malicious actors may attempt to exploit the mutual responsibility model between the cloud provider and customer to attack the application layer or steal data from storage buckets.

How Security Automation Works in a SOAR Space

Security automation is an integral part of any thriving security operations center (SOC) today. That’s because, with the amount of data that needs to be monitored and processed, it can be difficult for SOC teams to keep up with all their tasks. This is why security automation has become a popular way to streamline the process and ensure that organizations stay secure.

One of the most common ways to implement automation into the SOC is through security orchestration, automation, and response(SOAR). SOAR provides a powerful combination of technologies that can help automate much of the manual work involved in security monitoring, incident management, threat detection, and other areas. For example, it automates tedious processes like log aggregation, correlation analysis, threat intelligence consumption, mitigation actions, and reporting.

Our SOAR platform offers a range of automation options for each of these tasks so that the SOC team can focus on high-value activities rather than mundane ones. It lets security teams define rules, policies, and processes to automate data ingestion, analysis, investigation, response, and remediation. By allowing SOC teams to offload manual labor to automated systems, they can more quickly detect threats and respond in real time.

In addition to automating mundane tasks like log aggregation and correlation analysis, SOAR also enables security teams to set up automated workflows that are triggered by specific events or conditions. For example, if an attack is detected on one system within a network infrastructure, the SOAR platform can automatically trigger an investigation and mitigation workflow to contain the threat before it can spread further.

Another way that security automation works in a SOAR space is by integrating with other cybersecurity tools or platforms. This integration allows organizations to quickly identify malicious activity, reduce false positives, and speed up response time. By linking together multiple systems, SOC teams can streamline their operations while still ensuring a high level of security coverage.

As you can see, security automation has become a vital part of any successful SOC. Through SOAR, organizations can streamline mundane tasks and automate many manual processes to save time and resources — all without sacrificing security protection. With the right combination of people, technology, and process in place, organizations can stay ahead of threats more effectively than ever before.

A Boon to Every Business

Security automation is a powerful asset that has revolutionized how businesses approach and manage their security. With these automated processes, companies can achieve a higher level of security without sacrificing resources or time. This technology provides organizations with a wide range of benefits, from improved efficiency and safety compliance to enhanced data protection and better-informed risk management. 

It reduces manual effort and security costs, freeing up resources for other tasks.

Security automation is a great boon for businesses as it helps to automate complex security processes and tasks, making them more accessible and faster to complete. Automation can be used when centralizing and managing the ongoing response to an incident, enforcing policies such as user access control, and more. This allows businesses to maintain tight security while freeing up resources that would otherwise have been spent on manual security tasks. Additionally, automated security processes can be operated at a much larger scale than what could be achieved manually, providing a more comprehensive and timely response  against malicious actors. By using automation to supplement their existing security measures, businesses gain an extra layer of defense against cyber threats.

It streamlines security processes and enhances visibility into operations.

Security automation is a powerful tool for businesses of any size and scale. It helps streamline security processes and operations, reducing the amount of time invested in mundane tasks needed to respond to an incident. This enhances visibility across the organization, allowing IT teams to quickly identify potential threats as they arise. 

Automation also eliminates manual labor associated with various activities, such as patch management, vulnerability scanning, and risk assessment. Moreover, it can automate log monitoring and alerting systems that detect suspicious activity or potential cyberattacks. All in all, automation simplifies security operations while optimizing resources and increasing efficiency across the entire system.

Offers scalability to meet the evolving needs of organizations as they grow and change. 

Organizations need to stay ahead of their ever-evolving security needs, and that’s where automated security solutions come in. Security automation offers organizations the scalability they need to adapt to their evolving needs as they grow and change. Many automated security tools are designed to blend seamlessly with a business’s existing systems and processes, making it easy for an organization to quickly add new capabilities or features as their needs evolve. By taking advantage of automated security tools, businesses can ensure they have the level of protection they need now and into the future. 

Easy integration of existing systems into SOAR to reduce complexity.

Security automation enables organizations to easily integrate existing systems and tools into the SOAR environment. By utilizing security orchestration, existing tools can be inserted into an automated workflow that will streamline operations, increase efficiency, and reduce complexity. This allows teams to quickly link disparate security technologies, eliminating manual processes and enabling faster response times while reducing operational costs.

The SOAR environment also allows for the integration of existing systems and data sources, such as API-based security information and event management systems, firewalls, intrusion detection systems, antivirus software, web application firewalls, or even third-party threat intelligence. These integrations allow for easier access to existing data, which increases visibility into operations and provides teams with a better understanding of their cybersecurity posture. Additionally, SOAR simplifies the complex processes associated with linking multiple tools together by automating manual tasks. By reducing complexity in incident response workflows, organizations can more easily detect threats and respond quickly.

It ensures continuous monitoring of system states, even when personnel is not actively in attendance.

Security automation provides organizations with a reliable and efficient way to proactively monitor the security of IT systems and environments. By continuously monitoring system states, automated security solutions can quickly gather accurate information as cybersecurity tools such as Network Detection and Response(NDR) and Endpoint Detection and Response(EDR) identify malicious actors in real time and take action without any human intervention. Additionally, as new threats emerge or existing ones evolve, automated security solutions can be configured to update their response and workflow capabilities accordingly and adapt to changing conditions. This helps ensure that organizations stay ahead of the curve when it comes to cybersecurity, minimizing the impact of a breach on their operations while there is no active personnel.

The NetWitness Approach to Security Automation

The world of cybersecurity is growing more advanced and sophisticated by the day. As more next-gen security measures are innovated, so too are cyber threats becoming increasingly complex. That’s why it’s crucial for companies to stay up-to-date with the latest in cybersecurity and security automation. And for a business like yours, that means contacting NetWitness today.

NetWitness is the leading security automation solution for organizations of all sizes. Our unified data architecture and Platform XDR deliver end-to-end visibility, actionable threat intelligence, and comprehensive user behavior analytics to enable your security analysts to detect threats faster than ever before. 

The NetWitness Platform XDR also helps automate responses so you can stay one step ahead of malicious actors. So take control of your digital assets — contact us today to learn more about how our unrivaled threat detection and response capabilities can help protect your organization from cyber threats. Your demo is just a request away!