SANS Survey Report

Automation and Integration: First We Walked, Now We Run (But Should We?)


In 2020, many organizations were forced to accelerate their automation and integration (A&I) plans by a global pandemic. The COVID-19 pandemic not only sped up various enterprise projects, but also caused long-term shifts in workforce locale and business operations.

In this year’s SANS Automation and Integration Survey, SANS sought to capture both the progress organizations made in the past year and the plans they have for the future. Some key takeaways include:

  • Organizations moved toward more extensively automated security operations, showing significant growth in incident response processing and automated alerting/ defensive controls. 
  • Nearly 50% of respondents correlate automation risk with dependency on IT operational processes and tools that can impede key security processes.
  • Nearly 50% of respondents consider the most essential automation requirement as providing “libraries of common practices and best practices that can be used for easy automation.





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