​Structure Security: How much security can you automate?

Can artificial intelligence and automation help close the security skills gap? Security executives want to know.
Written by Larry Dignan, Contributor

Security talent is hard to find, and enterprises are falling over each other to hire people to defend their infrastructure, applications, and data.

Meanwhile, universities are adding cybersecurity programs, but not a pace that'll make much of a dent into the talent shortage.

Can artificial intelligence and automation help the security cause?

Most likely. The security intersection between artificial intelligence, automation and the labor pool will be front and center at the Structure Security conference kicking off next Tuesday, Sept. 27. I'm moderating a talk with Jay Leek, chief information security officer at Blackstone, the massive private equity firm.

Leek can offer multiple viewpoints on security, but the primary one revolves around the security skills gap. His approach has been to automate and standardize investigations and free humans up for more analytical work. Automation doesn't close the talent gap completely, but it will go along way to alleviate shortages.

Other panels on day one of Structure Security hit the machine learning theme. Agility is another key issue. And then there's the never-ending vendor soup that when combined with custom code can actually make you less secure.

Bottom line: there will be some security talent takeaways on day one. To get a 25-percent discount on Structure Security, you can register here.

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