So far, 2021 has been a record-breaking year for cybercrime. In fact, ransomware attacks have surged by over 150%.
Amplifying the severity of the situation, not only are cyber attacks becoming more frequent, they’re also becoming increasingly sophisticated and destructive. Just think back to this past May when the Colonial Pipeline attack massively disrupted fuel supplies to the U.S. Southeast. All it took was one stolen password to bring the whole system to its knees.
And these aren’t the only issues keeping cybersecurity leaders up at night. Increased regulations, such as the NIST RMF framework, combined with a shortage of qualified cybersecurity talent are also complicating matters.
All of this is to say, analyzing and improving cybersecurity is no longer a human-scale problem. However, one solution is emerging: intelligent automation (IA).
With this in mind, we invited Khushboo Doshi, Managing Director of Cyber Strategy & Risk Lead at Accenture Federal Services, to share her thoughts on how IA is transforming cybersecurity. To watch, simply hit download and enter your email.
By combining rules-based robotic process automation (RPA) with artificial intelligence (IA), IA can automate rote cybersecurity tasks and workflows so that human cybersecurity experts can focus on high value activities.
For example, many email spam filters use machine learning techniques to identify and isolate content that is potentially malicious. Other IA-powered cybersecurity tools, such as intelligent firewalls and endpoint management, work by automating the collection and analysis of event data. Instead of manually testing every application across an enterprise to validate security and regulatory compliance, IA-powered risk-based testing tools can automate this process.
However, IA-enabled tools are not intended to replace human workers but, instead, augment human decision making. As Kushboo explains, “you cannot realistically get rid of the human in the loop. And that’s not the idea here. Mainly, it is about making your process more efficient.”
In addition to increasing the efficiency of cyber security processes, one of the most impactful benefits of IA-powered cybersecurity tools is the enablement of proactive risk-based approaches. Instead of reacting to cyber threats and compliance issues as they occur, proactive risk-based approaches are all about identifying and eliminating or mitigating risks before they happen.
But don’t take our word for it. Instead, we invite you to watch Kushoos full video interview. Simply sign in and discover:
- Keys to successfully navigating both the IA and cybersecurity talent shortages
- Success factors for developing use cases and aligning them with technology
- An overview of emerging cybersecurity automation trends
- The truth about common misconceptions about IA-enabled cybersecurity tools