Commentary from the Dow Jones Cybersecurity Newsletter

Today I ate a pizza made by machines. Mountain View startup Zume aims to disrupt the takeaway pizza industry through automating pizza production and eventually plans to bake the pie in a self-driving delivery truck. The cybersecurity industry is also transforming thanks to automation and it cannot happen soon enough.
Automation starts to address three key issues affecting the industry. First, most security solutions do not talk to each other or allow for action to be taken on the alerts they raise. Second, a chronic skills shortage impacts the ability of consultancies to deliver niche cyber expertise to clients. Finally, supply and demand has led to high labor costs that many smaller businesses are unable to afford, leaving systems and data exposed to cyber threats even where advanced solutions are in place.
Security vendors are aware of the opportunity. FireEye, for instance, acquired Invotas earlier this year to coordinate feeds from across its platform while Silicon Valley startup Phantom Cyber secured $10m in investment to develop its security orchestration product. Automatic remediation frees up resources for more complex situations that, for now at least, require human attention.
CFOs and CISOs should seek to understand what automation could do for their organization. How could cyber risk be reduced through streamlined security process? Is the lack of specialist internal cybersecurity skills putting data security at risk? How much reliance does the organization have on expensive third party consultancy? Could investing in automation significantly reduce costs while decreasing risk?
It’s certainly something to think about while enjoying a tasty slice of robot pizza.

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