Security orchestration and automation is becoming a top priority for cybersecurity leadership and teams. In fact, a recent survey of information security professionals found that 97 percent of them had already started orchestrating and/or automating their incident response processes, or were planning to do so within the next 18 months. That's because security processes like incident response is often hindered by the time and effort required to carry out manual security processes.

So, when teams are looking to implement these concepts into their daily security operations and workflows, the topic of return on investment comes up. Companies often ask us, “What is the ROI of security orchestration and security automation?”

Teams want to know that the money they invest in the technology will provide a signifcant amount of value in return -- whether that's faster and more accurate incident response, time savings, or reduced operational cost.

We've watched many companies adopt security orchestration and automation up close and personal, so we thought it was time we dove into the numbers around ROI. We’re positive that your organization can save time and money by investing in this solution, but we don’t just want you to take our word for it. We want you to see it for yourself!

There are three major areas where organizations can significantly benefit when implementing security orchestration and automation:

People

Human resources are the most valuable part of a security posture. Defenders are the backbone of organizational security, so maximizing the ROI of your people investment is one of the best outcomes of automation and orchestration.

In fact, a majority of cost savings come from the reduction of manual tasks performed by a person. Take a look at this graphic for a brief glimpse of time and cost savings from simply automating certain tasks:

Now, we want to note that these numbers don't mean that humans won't still be involved; quite the contrary. Their focus will just be reinvested in other, more pivotal areas of incident response and security operations.

Processes

Consider how manual your security processes are today. If your tools aren’t well-connected, your processes will be tedious and time-intensive by nature. Automation and orchestration can simplify and streamline your security processes.

Tools

Adding a layer of integration between them means your tools will work better together. With your tools connected, you can then automate tasks between them, letting machines focus on what they do best, while your valuable talent focuses on what they do best.

Determining the ROI of Security Orchestration and Automation

In our new white paper, we explain in detail how you can calculate security orchestration and automation's ROI — in both time savings and cost savings. We delve deep into the full spectrum of options:

  • The manual cost of security operations
  • The cost of building orchestration and automation
  • The benefits of an orchestration and automation platform
  • A before and after snapshot with time and cost comparisons