Wednesday, March 7, 2018

The honest trick

Not long ago Winter Olympics were held and among other things, some athletes who have tested positive for doping substances have come to light. If there is someone who has stood out, and not because of her good results, it is Nadezhda Sergeeva. The Russian athlete who months ago posed with a sweatshirt that said "I don´t to doping" tested positive for trimetazidine. Everyone has their tricks but of course, some are more honest than others.

In the cybersecurity world, sometimes you also need a little push to catch up with the competition. The knowledge gap has a direct impact on the productivity of companies and in this context, automation arises to give a boost to profitability. Indeni and GNS3 have surveyed more than 700 engineering and operations professionals worldwide.

Some of the biggest shortcomings that currently exist in the cybersecurity sector, according to the results of this survey, are the creation, syntactic analysis and analysis of the scripts. These shortcomings hinder the correct management of security resources. This lack of experience in programming causes a waste of 60% of the time of the professionals surveyed to repetitive support and problem-solving activities, and less to contribute to strategic initiatives.

This investment in manual tasks reduces, not only the amount of time available to proactively validate the network infrastructure that is operating as intended, but also the time necessary to ensure progress in the skill sets of network managers.

So far, we can say that the knowledge gap is a challenge for productivity. But, and how do companies intend to face this productivity problem? 27% of the professionals surveyed affirm that their organizations are adopting runbooks. These runbooks are based on dynamic documentation that guarantees compliance with routines and practices.

Although runbooks seem the perfect option to face this problem, it is true that they present certain barriers when it comes to being implanted in a company. The main problem is that employees do not follow the steps, the second barrier is that the documentation is not done in the right way from the first moment. It is then that automation appears as the appropriate option to reduce human errors, improve performance and reduce costs.

NetOps and SecOps are a unique challenge because the devices they manage (firewalls, routers and switches) have several operating systems and lack standardized programming interfaces. As a result, IT professionals are forced to use CLI commands to find answers to problem-solving problems, rather than using programmatic methods using their server operations counterparts.

"The lack of knowledge about scripting and automation is one of the biggest threats to business agility today since humans can´t keep up with the pace of technological change in the network," said Yoni Leitersdorf, CEO of Indeni. "In order to improve productivity, reduce costs and support major business initiatives, such as expansions of data centers, we are seeing our customers increasingly invest in a crowdsourcing-based automation approach."

Currently, with the knowledge and talent gap that we live in the cybersecurity sector, we can say that automation has become a necessity to keep the business running since it makes it possible to meet all the objectives set within the company. a budget. Manual tasks increase not only the time but also the expense, do not you think there are enough reasons to add automation to your team?


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