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Cloud and automation could be the key to boosting business security

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The digital transformation of businesses is in full swing and the move towards cloud technology is putting many organisations at increasing risk of cyberthreats. To combat these threats, CISOs (opens in new tab) are using software automation.

This is according to a CISO Benchmark Report from Cisco, which polled some 2,800 security professionals from 13 countries around the world. The company argues that businesses are using digital transformation as means of gaining a competitive edge, in every sense of the way.

However, with increasing infrastructure comes increased complexity and reduced visibility into the network and its endpoints. The skills gap and the general lack of a quality workforce is only making matters harder for everyone. Software automation is emerging as a quality solution, as it is capable of simplifying and speeding up the response times in security systems.

For Steve Martino, Senior VP and CISO (opens in new tab) for Cisco, the problem mostly lies in the fact that many of the security solutions that businesses use don’t integrate, thus “creating substantial complexity in managing their security environment.”

“To address this issue, security professionals will continue steady movement towards vendor consolidation, while increasing reliance on cloud security and automation to strengthen their security posture and reduce the risk of breaches.”

Vendor consolidation seems to be an inevitability at this point, as the average company uses more than 20 security technologies. While the consolidation is increasing, more than 20 per cent of CISOs polled for the report feel managing a multi-vendor environment is “very challenging”.

Sead Fadilpašić is a freelance tech writer and journalist with more than 17 years experience writing technology-focussed news, blogs, whitepapers, reviews, and ebooks. And his work has featured in online media outlets from all over the world, including Al Jazeera Balkans (where he was a Multimedia Journalist), Crypto News, TechRadar Pro, and IT Pro Portal, where he has written news and features for over five years. Sead's experience also includes writing for inbound marketing, where he creates technology-based content for clients from London to Singapore. Sead is a HubSpot-certified content creator.