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SANS 2020 Survey: Optimize SOC Productivity with Security Automation

This report highlights trends in the ways teams are adopting, implementing and measuring the success of security automation.

It is an extension of the 2019 Automation and Integration Survey designed to quantify automation experiences and more concretely identify how organizations are able to maximize their security investment and improve operations by deploying automation technologies.

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Focus automation efforts on projects that improve the SOC staff efficiency

The survey looked at what automation activities have been successful, why they have been successful, and how organizations set up their automation activities to achieve meaningful results.

  • Increased adoption: Adoption of automation technologies has increased 12% year on year, with signs of further growth
  • Impact on staffing: Overall only a small percentage (5%) of respondents expect automation to reduce security staffing
  • Expectations vs. reality: Gaps in satisfaction and the expected outcomes vary by implementation of automation

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