AI and Automation – Three Ways to Reduce Cyber Security Talent Gap

Reduce Cyber Security

The cybersecurity talent gap is widening and AI and automation are helping enterprises with the right tools.

Enterprises globally have increased investment in cybersecurity owing to the rising security threats. However, most of them still find it challenging to reduce the cybersecurity gap even though there are several employment opportunities within the cybersecurity fields. A latest (ISC) 2 report notes that there 4 million unfilled cybersecurity jobs at present and it has been only increasing over time. Organizations should use Artificial intelligence (AI) and automation solutions to fill the talent gap.

Here are some of the ways to make sure there is not talent void in the security field.

Offer self-service tools for users

Companies can offer self-service tools for their users to reduce help desk load and further improve the security posture. Most of the firms spend a significant amount of money servicing help desk calls from users that are facing issues in accessing systems. By deploying self-service automation, users can solve issues internally, and avoid the costly calls to the help desk. Moreover, companies can crowdsource the process of reviewing security alerts. They can ask end users on whether they recognize activity that has been flagged and reducing efforts required by security analysts.

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Focus on security alerts

There are some companies that receive more than one million security alerts per day that need to be processed. It is important to prioritize security alerts as they point potential risks that could result in a gap or vulnerability that enables a threat actor to breach the network. With the help of AI, security teams can crowdsource the review of alerts, isolate and highlight the most important alerts front and center along with associated context. Moreover, AI solutions are ultimately better than humans at spotting certain problems but people also have skills that are not easy for machines to top. AI-powered solutions help organizations to receive quick alerts that improve the overall efficiency and effectiveness of modern security.

Value cybersecurity pros expertise

AI-based security tools promise its business customers it can improve safety and allow services that would not be possible without automation. Similar to other sectors, AI-powered tools enable cybersecurity professionals from other tasks and let them focus on other vital parts of their job. If the majority of the cyber-threats are taken care of automatically, they can invest their time and energy looking to offer their expertise in deeper and more elaborate areas.

Organizations desire zero-trust architecture to challenge security issues

The shortage of cybersecurity skills is worsening the situation of increasing data breaches, as per the ESG and ISSA study. A lack of adequate training for non-technical employees coupled with insufficient cybersecurity staff is some of the top factors for spike in security incidents.

Cyber incidents will continue to multiply and enterprises will have to be ready for the same. Lack of right tools and cybersecurity professionals can be reduced with if companies turn to AI and automation.