How leading security teams battle ransomware burnout with automation

How leading security teams battle ransomware burnout with automation

February 15, 2022 • Sam Langrock

Few topics spark conversation like security automation. Automation is the whole premise around programming; routines and repetitive patterns are entrusted to computers while humans work only on higher priorities. For security professionals, this is essential because even a small network can have thousands of endpoints that need to be protected while security personnel are tiny. Yet the challenge organizations face in 2022 is how to automate, not just the data collection and collection tasks where machines excel, but to automate repetitive tasks. human decisions done daily to defend a company.

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The global pandemic has eradicated stagnant trade conventions and relationships. Long-standing work-from-home policies have been rewritten or completely demolished; and a new reality emerged: work was brought home, home became work, and safety boundaries were eliminated in light of business needs.

The actors of the threat have noticed. Ransomware gangs have surged in the new home-work merger and wreaked havoc. IT security personnel were caught between the tsunami of attacks and the new stress of working from home while protecting remotely connected systems. Already exhausted by years of underfunding and constraints, the bank has broken. Burnout quickly turned into lost productivity and perpetual turnover as IT security personnel were not immune from the Great Resignations of 2021.

Today’s security leaders face a double challenge. On the one hand, they must defend their networks from ever-increasing threats. On the other hand, they need to keep their talents in the tightest job market most people have ever seen. Many executives pin their hopes on automation to address both challenges simultaneously. Automation has a significant ethereal benefit to security programs: fighting Burnout. Focusing on this human element can help prioritize what to automate, how to invest, and where intelligence can help you.

Automation frees security analysts stuck working on phishing and leaked credentials, allowing them to add more value to the organization as they escape the endless burnout and turnover that plague many organizations.

Automation of initial login detection allows analysts to look for more evasive malware, such as login brokers exploiting Trickbot or actors like FIN7, the group behind Darkside and Blackmatter ransomware. However, this initial login automation requires fast, high-fidelity intelligence to function properly.

Ultimately, the market for specific security automation tools seemed aligned to be consumed by the ever-growing SIEM market. Some evidence of this fate has been provided by the acquisitions of Phantom and Demisto, two of the market leaders in SOAR technologies, in 2018 and 2019 respectively. And perhaps that would have been the end of the fevered dream of security automation had it not been for security teams one-two and the world would never see it coming.

Join us for a webinar on February 22 entitled “Fight Ransomware Bots with Automation Intelligence” to learn more about how automation can help your organization.

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