Human Risk Management Trends for 2021 Trend 3 - Automation

Posted by Michael Krutikov
January 11, 2021

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Efficiency and Scale Through Automation

 

Did you know that over 300,000 new pieces of malware are created every day? Good luck throwing human effort at this problem!

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And this is just one slice of the cybersecurity pie that we have to manage and mitigate risk for! 

Almost every enterprise has automation running in their environment today, with a dedicated RPA (Robotic Process Automation) platform that works within and across enterprise software suites, and through native automated components within software tools. Automation is the key to scale at the enterprise level.

 

Defining Automation

Automation goes by the name of RPA (Robotic Process Automation), and is one of the fastest growing segments in the software industry. While the name may conjure up images of actual robots or factory machinery, it is the replacement of manual effort from data collection, data movement, and the application of pre-set sequences and approvals that would otherwise require a human to perform repetitive, error-prone and often menial tasks. 

 

Make Automation Part of your Cybersecurity Training Strategy

In the context of cybersecurity, automation is the key to winning. Both sides use automation to increase productivity - it’s how security vendors can identify and block all the new malware, and it’s also how cybercriminals scale their attacks. If you aren’t leveraging automation to win this fight you’ll be at a significant disadvantage. 

That’s exactly why automation is the third trend of our 7 Essential Human Risk Management Trends for 2021. In the coming year, it should become your best friend to help you intensify your cybersecurity efforts. Here are some highlights and suggestions of how to integrate automated solutions to your cybersecurity business plan and start working on it straight away: 

  • Incorporate automation into your training. Effective training for your employees is absolutely vital to fight cybercrime and can significantly reduce the susceptibility of your network to attacks. But just as cyberattacks are becoming more personalized, so should your training modules. Use automation to trigger training to be sent to those that need it most and when they need it most, for example, when an employee has just fallen for a simulated phishing attempt. 
  • Use automation to create the most updated content of your training. One size does not fit all when it comes to cybersecurity. Your finance teams need to be aware of how to recognize and respond to different tactics than your sales teams and don’t focus only on what type of attacks happened in the past. It’s important to learn lessons from the previous attempts but it’s even more vital to focus on the next threat. Cybersecurity programs that incorporate automation into threat assessments stay ahead of the trends and will help your employees to be better prepared for the Tactics, Techniques and Procedures (TTPs) that cybercriminals are using today.
  • Use artificial intelligence to detect unauthorized behavior and to block possible attacks. Invest in the latest cybersecurity technology and make sure it’s integrated properly into your security stack. See the blog on Trend #2 - Integration for tips and best practices here. Combined with your focus on addressing the human risk element will deliver proven, lasting change to your cybersecurity posture. 

 

Automation as a Catalyst

In the ever-changing landscape of new and increasingly more efficient cyberattacks, it is more crucial than ever to use all means necessary to stay secure. There is no way we can make it on purely human effort without the support of the newest technology. Whole teams of the most talented cybersecurity experts work hard every day to create automated modules to make your cybersecurity training and tools super effective in the fight against the latest TTPs. Automation makes your cybersecurity program more timely, forward-thinking, and focused on the areas where the biggest risks exist. 

Want to make it even more effective - a global top 5 telecommunications company reported that “end users who went through the LS Escape Rooms were 45% less likely to click on a phishing simulation vs. all others”. 

It’s time to bring about proven, lasting behavior and culture change. People aren’t the problem, they are the solution. 

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