Observed every October, Cybersecurity Awareness Month provides awareness about the significance of cybersecurity practices and the potential risks associated with cyber threats. Throughout this month, ReliaQuest content will focus on automation and how to implement it within your current processes to support your security operations teams and speed your workflows.

Cybersecurity is facing a paradox: we’re dealing with the same problems we’ve always had—like weak passwords and poor adoption of Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA)—even as we’re seeing massive changes in technology with the advent of generative AI and the broader application of automation.

The threats we face are also becoming more sophisticated, as bad actors are also leveraging these technologies. Cybersecurity teams, facing overwhelming resource constraints, are overburdened, often relying on outdated, manual processes to keep up with this constantly growing and mutating threat landscape.

We believe automation can ease the burdens facing security teams and help them scale. Of course, it’s important to carefully consider potential impacts of implementing automation—and to keep in mind that not everything can be automated. But automating low-brain, high-time tasks, like looking up an indicator of compromise (IoC) across multiple threat feeds, could be a step forward on maturing cyber security operations.

Throughout the upcoming weeks, we will release a series of blogs focusing on practical automation strategies and methods to get you started. Read the first post here.

During this automation series, we will:

  • Explain the application and benefitsof automation across the threat detection, investigation, and response (DIR) process.
  • Recommend specific instances to apply automation, including specific alert types, remediation techniques, and outcomes.
  • Share key considerations on the concerns with automating certain processes.