We've all seen the stats about how many vacancies there are in the cyber security industry and how difficult these roles are to fill (let alone keep hold of staff).
Automation can be a key tool in reducing the man hours required to respond to an incident.
A recent report states that the difference in cost per incident is $2.4 million less when using some form of automation.
Automation is not going to replace the need for a real life analyst. However it will unburden them from low level tasks, thus freeing up their time to undertake higher-skilled tasks.
Juniper has just sponsored a new independent study from the Ponemon Institute that polled over 1,500 IT and security professionals from around the world. The results showed that the majority were in agreement that automation reduces the man hours required to deal with security exploits and with greater accuracy. The difference in average cost is about US$2.4 million per incident - it costs almost US$3 million versus just over US$600,000 with automation.