When cybersecurity meets automation – what are the best practices?

Automation has become an important aspect of growing a successful business. Across different industries, the basic premise is the same – freeing up human resources and improving task completion times. But what are the best cybersecurity practices to go along with it?

  1. Don’t let the “hands-off” approach sway you

Despite it being automated, you still need to be involved, at least to a certain degree. You still need to analyse the following on a regular basis:

– Alert monitoring

– Status reports

– System logs

This allows you to take manual measures whenever they are called for.

  1. Know your third parties

Sometimes, granting access to a third party is needed to get the job done, even though you expose some of your internal systems and networks by doing so. Monitoring the third party’s security policies is a must.

  1. Control access privileges

When granting access privileges to employees, this is best done on a per-need basis. The same principle applies to giving access to automated systems. The more you go overboard, the more potential there is for hackers to exploit a vulnerability.

  1. Set boundaries

Automation is without a doubt beneficial for many business owners. However, without setting safeguards, things can get out of hand before you know it. For example, not setting access limitations to an identity check system could leave you exposing people’s identities and wreak absolute havoc on your business.

All in all, automation is a positive force in this universe… As long as it’s accompanied by robust cybersecurity principles and solutions, that is.