The State of Security Automation

This report is based on a survey of security professionals that covers the state of security automation.

Findings include the revelations that incident response teams remain relatively small and tend to handle a sizable share of incident response processes in-house. Automation is taking place, but it appears to lag behind the volume of incidents. Many teams plan to automate more but are facing delays caused by a lack of skills and confusion about where to begin. This latest Palo Alto Networks study of the state of security automation analyzes the views and experiences of 266 IT and security professionals. Located primarily in North America, respondents work in organizations that span multiple industries and range in size from 1,000 employees to over 20,000. The research is timely, as security teams face increasing pressure to mitigate an ever-growing array of cyberthreats.