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The Essential Role of Automation in Cybersecurity

Clango

IT teams are overstretched. Business units need new applications and services spun up faster than ever before. At the same time, IT must maintain an ever-larger and increasingly complex environment and ensure robust security. New threats and vulnerabilities emerge every day, and security alerts never seem to let up.

That’s why automation has become an essential part of any cybersecurity strategy. Typically, IT and security teams lack the resources they need to consistently perform day-to-day security tasks and investigate security incidents. Because of the chronic shortage of skilled security personnel, it’s not feasible to throw bodies at the problem. Automated tools can take on routine work, freeing humans to focus on higher-value activities.

Not surprisingly, automation and orchestration are key components of DevOps. A DevOps strategy is designed to eliminate the silos occupied by traditional IT and software development teams. It helps to improve communication and remove friction between these groups so new applications can be delivered quickly at lower cost. Automated tools are used to perform repetitive operational tasks, while orchestration helps to integrate DevOps processes and technology to increase efficiency further.

When applied to security, automation and orchestration coordinate security functions involving multiple connected applications and processes. This enables more efficient workflows and helps to close the security gaps that can result from human error and miscommunication. It also makes IT and security teams more productive so they can adopt a proactive approach that prioritizes critical events and shortens response times.

Clango Innovation Labs is a team of cybersecurity experts who specialize in customizing security tools to support unique workflows and integrating those tools into DevOps processes. We also help customers automate routine tasks. Many of our projects have been focused on privileged access management and the CyberArk Core Privileged Access Security platform. We have developed a number of helpful tools that extend the value and capabilities of CyberArk.

One such tool is EMBARK, which allows users to create and onboard servers directly into the CyberArk environment in a matter of minutes. Automation eliminates the need to involve an engineer in this process while ensuring that systems are automatically and accurately generated and onboarded.

EMBARK uses the CyberArk REST API and command line interface to coordinate the transfer of information between the ticketing system, Active Directory, the server’s domain, and the CyberArk Enterprise Password Vault. EMBARK can integrate into the DevOps toolchain and operate in any web service environment.

Without effective automation and orchestration, IT and security teams struggle to keep up with business demands and security threats. Clango Innovation Labs helps organizations maximize efficiency and productivity through the use of automated tools that streamline their operations. Let us show you how EMBARK can help make your job a little easier.

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For more information about EMBARK, please send us an email at (info@clango.com).

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