RPA for Cybersecurity – 3 Use Cases

With the need for cybersecurity rapidly increasing, it makes sense to take advantage of opportunities involving automation. Robotic Process Automation (RPA)  is comprised of software bots that perform repetitive, rule-based tasks in order to speed up the process while simultaneously reducing the risk for human error. Not only does this help reach peak efficiency, but it also allows employees to focus on their most valuable work. Let’s look at how RPA can help protect your business.  

How RPA Helps Cybersecurity  

By removing the strain of completing repetitive tasks, RPA helps reduce one of the primary weak points in cybersecurity: human error. Attacks can happen at any time and location, which is why human performance can’t be the sole protector of your data. 

To avoid people manually gathering data and copying information from multiple systems to complete one task, consider the following RPA benefits provided by Ernst & Young’s research:  

  • Reduce detection and response time in order to decrease risk exposure for attacks. In fact, EY believes that robotics can reduce the average detection time from 205 days to weeks or days.  
  • Automatically deploy security controls when vulnerabilities are discovered.   
  • Free employees to focus on more important, developing tasks that increase growth. With 74% of security professionals worried about insider threats, robotics will decrease employee exposure to meaningful data.  
How Does It Work?   

Let’s look at 3 Use Cases:  

  • Application inventory trackingEY research provides an example of RPA’s advantages with application inventory tracking for software and product security. Bots can be used to automate such applications within the enterprise, only to follow with cognitive learning that automates risk classification based on data and controls. Not to mention, there’s no need for humans to keep deploying bots because they can be built to continuously discover and update necessary controls. 
  • Data loss detection: Not only does RPA help with classifying risk, but it also monitors data loss. Once these issues are discovered, then security controls can be readily deployed to straighten out systems and prevent the problem from growing further. 
  • Threat exposure: RPA bots can be leveraged to better understand business vulnerabilities while also focusing on resulting solutions. System and application administrators can be automatically notified as these solutions are put into play so that they can track progress.  
Driven Results  

By using RPA to automate business processes, you can simply take advantage of reducing time and cost while reducing the risk for human error. However, once applied specifically to cybersecurity you can see clear value in not just driving business growth but optimizing data protection. In an article by Forbes, the claim is made that “the future of cybersecurity operations is intertwined with automation.” As the complexity of cybersecurity evolves, the need for automation tools will continue to spread. How will your company keep up with the competition? 

Would you like to learn more? Let’s start with a conversation and discuss how you can turn these benefits into a reality for your business:  

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