Cybersecurity has become a critical component of business infrastructure in our ever-connected world. As we add more systems, technologies, programs and networks to our businesses, we need more ways to protect them. And with so much of our information exchanges happening digitally, securing all that data is more important than ever. Enter cybersecurity: the practice by which we protect hardware, software and data.
As the need for cybersecurity grows, so too does the need to manage it. Today, automation technologies like robotic process automation (RPA) and intelligent automation (IA) offer businesses a way to maximize security while reducing risk and manual management. Let’s take a look at a few ways RPA supports cybersecurity.
How RPA Helps Cybersecurity
By reducing the strain of manual task management, RPA helps address one of the weak spots of cybersecurity: human error. From weak passwords to missing important software updates to misconfiguring servers, inadvertent human error is responsible for millions of dollars every year in cyber breaches.
Automating cybersecurity with RPA and other process automation technologies allows businesses to reduce human error, and instead rely on the precision and constant production of automated programs. Here are a few specific ways RPA helps cybersecurity.
- RPA improves detection and response time of cybersecurity breaches. According to research by Ernst & Young, RPA can reduce breach recognition times from an average of 205 days to a few weeks, or even days. Like other emergencies, response time is absolutely critical to loss recovery, so the sooner any potential problems are flagged, the better the company will be for it.
- RPA and intelligent automation automatically deploy security controls when vulnerabilities are discovered. One of the best features of RPA with the EZFlow platform is the ability to build in automatic safeguards that will be deployed when specified weaknesses are identified.
Intelligent automation and RPA free up employees to focus on higher-order tasks. By leveraging automation to do the heavy lifting for cybersecurity, the human workforce can dedicate more time to work that is better suited for people, like decision making, relationship building and looking for creative ways to grow the organization.
Intelligent Automation & RPA Use Cases for Cybersecurity
Automation technologies like RPA are already making big impacts in cybersecurity for businesses across the globe. Here are 3 use cases where RPA is driving significant value for cybersecurity initiatives.
Cybersecurity RPA Use Cases
Application inventory tracking with artificial intelligence: As businesses add systems and technologies to their tech stacks, it’s up to IT teams to ensure data flows between legacy systems and new ones efficiently. Automation like RPA can help by automating the discovery and classification of this kind of sensitive data. But to take automation even further, you can incorporate artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning algorithms to automate these risk classifications. This not only eliminates the element of human error, it improves compliance with programs that can run with perfect accuracy 24/7.
Data loss detection: RPA not only helps with classifying risk, but it also can monitor for data loss. These bots, easily created, deployed and orchestrated in the EZFlow platform, can be programmed to both discover potential data loss, and kickstart new security controls that can be easily deployed to correct the problem, and prevent further loss.
Threat exposure: Once a vulnerability or threat to your network is known, the EZFlow automation platform can be used to help you understand the extent of your vulnerabilities, mapping out your end-to-end processes to identify the problem areas—and providing data-backed recommendations for how to make corrections. System and application administrators are always kept in the loop, automatically notified when solutions are put into play so that they can track progress.
Driving Cybersecurity Business Results with RPA and Intelligent Automation: With RPA and intelligent automation, you gain the advantage of time and resource savings while also improving cybersecurity processes. An article in Forbes said it best: “…the future of cybersecurity operations is intertwined with automation.” As your needs for cybersecurity grow, automation can grow with you.
Whether you’ve already started using RPA with cybersecurity, or you’re looking to better understand the dynamics between the two, the EPSoft team is here to help. Schedule a free consultation or EZFlow demo today.
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