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Maverick* Research: Is It Time to Fire Your Security Team and Hire the Machines?

Published: 25 September 2015

ID: G00291475

Analyst(s): Eric Ahlm


Will concepts like digital business force the end of human-centric security programs? Security teams should take note: Automated security may be closer than they think. (Maverick research deliberately exposes unconventional thinking and may not agree with Gartner's official positions.)

Table Of Contents


  • *Maverick Research
  • IT Security — It's Been a Good Run at the Top
  • Why Security Is Ripe for Automation
  • Why Haven't We Automated Security Already?
    • Top Reasons Security Automation Failed in the Past
    • Lessons Learned About Automation Outside the Security Industry
  • How the Automated Security Revolution Will Unfold
    • Wave 1 — Automated Threat Response
    • Wave 2 — Security and Cross-Team Workflow Operations Automation
    • Wave 3 — Machine-Assisted SOC Decision Support
    • Wave 4 — Automated "Total Environment" Discovery and Classification
  • The Future of Security Automation
  • Inhibitors to the Adoption of Automated Security
  • Recommendations for Security Program Owners

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