When it comes to a successful security program, efficiency and incident response time are two key factors. Today’s security teams are often understaffed and overworked. Tasked with using numerous disparate tools, many employees are struggling to prioritize incidents and determine what is important. Orchestration and automation tools streamline these processes, bringing together all your technologies to a single pane of glass, and automating much of the laborious workflows.

The sheer volume of output today’s security tools produce, makes the vast number of incident alerts very difficult to prioritize. This can create “alert fatigue” where staff members are forced to prioritize incidents, trying to determine what deserves attention and opening the door for error. This, coupled with a plethora of different tools, makes prioritizing and responding to incidents take longer than it should. Automating the workflows can reduce “alert fatigue” and take the resulting human errors, out of the equation. These orchestration tools streamline processes and make the human time spent more effective.

Nobody wants to rip and replace, and the beauty of Orchestration and Automation tools is that you don’t have to. They extract EVEN MORE VALUE from the tools already implemented in your network by cutting down prioritization and remediation times. These tools take disconnected technologies and unifies them in a way that makes intel more actionable and easier to manage.

Streamlining these processes and simplifying manual security operations makes on-boarding and recruiting better, too. No longer do you have to find someone who is an expert at all the diverse tools on your network. This speeds up the on-boarding process and increases the number of qualified candidates in an already scarce talent pool. I see Orchestration and Automation becoming an absolute necessity for any organization with any multitude of technologies.