“Automation can help regional firms plug their security skills gaps, but only if they adopt the same experimental mentality of break and fix.”
According to Mr Wakely, automated cyber security is perhaps the only way to address the issue of work-from-home (WFH) endpoints.
“Any device that joins the corporate network is a risk. And home devices may even be used by more than one person, each of whom may work for a different organisation. When patching directly from the cloud is the only practical approach, automation is the natural next step,” he said.
“Automation enhances an organisation’s threat posture. Vulnerabilities are being addressed as soon as fixes become available, without the need for cumbersome human-based workflows. And as this good news spreads across Australia – that automation can reduce costs, make baseline security practices more efficient and subsequently enhance security postures and make compliance an easier proposition – trust in automation will grow.”
Mr Wakely expects 2022 to be a transformative year for cyber security and says automation will become standard practice.
“Security teams will finally be freed up to go the extra mile and secure our digital estates once and for all.”
Rahn Wakely is the CISO-Asia-Pacific at Qualys.