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In a World Full of Cyber Threats, Automated Security Is a Necessity
April 14, 2022 Blog


Speed is of the essence when it comes to cybersecurity.

Upon detection of something remotely out of the ordinary, your IT security must plunge into action right away. It needs to recognise the potential threat, find out the extent of the attack and the workloads and data that were possibly compromised, commence containment measures, start remediation procedures, and then monitor the system thereafter—all in real time. Anything less and any and all attacks can prove catastrophic to the business.

Unfortunately, security operations that rely mostly on manual work are slow to respond when the need arises. Aside from that, manual processes are prone to errors, and this, in combination with slow response, is the antithesis of the kind of modern security organisations need today.

This is also a compelling reason for you to automate your organisation’s security—and you can do that with Ansible. Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform enables you to both automate and integrate different security solutions, thereby eliminating much of the manual processes that tend to slow down security and make it prone to errors.

With Ansible’s curated collection of modules, roles and playbooks automating your security infrastructure, your IT team will be able to investigate and respond to different threats across the enterprise in a coordinated, unified way in real time, without having to worry about errors from human intervention.

Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform automates aspects of security systems that are best performed by machines driven by technologies such as Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. In doing so, Ansible-enabled automation can, among other things, do the following:

  1. Enrich security investigations. Automated security can be programmed to collect logs across firewalls, intrusion detection systems and other security systems, thus enriching on-demand triage activities via security information and event management systems.
  2. Enhance threat hunting. Automated security enables the creation of new intrusion detection system rules and new firewall policies automatically—and in real time by tuning the level of logging where necessary. This enables your security to detect threats as they come and with little to no delay.
  3. Improve incident response. Automated security allows actions such as blacklisting and attacking IP addresses or domains, whitelisting nonthreatening traffic, and isolating suspicious workloads to be performed automatically and as necessary, thus improving overall incident response.
  4. Integrate endpoint protection platforms. Ansible enables seamless integration of endpoint protection platforms (EPPs) into any security architecture. This is critical in the grand scheme of things because EPPs detect, investigate and remediate malicious activities on endpoint devices, whose enterprise use is growing with the burgeoning work-anywhere workforce.

The end-game in all this is to have robust, fast-responding security in place, one that, ideally, relies less on human intervention and more on technology. Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform is the platform for that, and it will help your organisation accelerate IT value and perform complex processes—all while freeing up the IT team to innovate business solutions.

Put simply, automation is a differentiator nowadays. But before you plot your next move, take this intelligent assessment first to find out the business impact of automation and how it can truly transform your business.