The implication is that it’s getting increasingly harder to find IT professionals with the right skill sets to enable the business to meet its objectives.
Competing with these headlines are ones about the latest security breaches at either: a) a well-known multinational corporation, b) your local university, c) your favorite social media site, or d) all of the above.
Individually these two topics are formidable, but juxtapose them and you may find yourself wondering: How well am I able to manage IT change, complexity, and risk given my current IT staffing levels? How comfortable am I with the current size and skill sets of my IT security staff?
While your IT security staff may be perfectly capable of performing the day-to-day activities required to keep the business going, the bottom line is that the success of your IT organization is commensurate with its ability to help launch and deliver the innovations (e.g. cloud, BYOD, and more) that create measurable business value for the enterprise. Your IT organization must be able to implement strategic security initiatives that will help the business achieve its goals - even in the face of budget or staffing constraints.
The good news is that your IT organization can survive and even thrive in this era of resource constraints. The key to success lies in your ability to optimize staff productivity, realize efficiency gains, and gain the specialized skill sets that will enable your organization to adopt the radically new processes and technologies that drive today’s businesses.
IT automation can help you achieve these productivity and efficiency gains, while helping you to manage change in the skill levels of your IT staff. By automating routine and labor-intensive processes, you can reduce errors and operational costs with processes that are repeatable and reliable. This ensures that business services are delivered efficiently and consistently. IT staff productivity is increased, and your staff is free to focus on strategic activities that support business goals.
The monitoring and enforcement of technical security controls is a great example of a task that can benefit from IT automation. With fines and penalties for regulatory non-compliance increasing, it is crucial that you remain compliant with regulatory mandates and corporate policies, despite changes in IT staffing and workloads. Here are just a few ways in which compliance automation can help when it comes to your security and configuration agenda:
- Continuous tracking of the state of underlying physical and virtual platforms – Automation cuts the cost of staying in compliance and helps to ensure that critical systems routinely meet compliance standards.
- Effortless capture and utilization of embedded corporate and best-practice knowledge – Automation simplifies the work of achieving and evidencing compliance. It also frees up IT resources.
- Simplified trouble-shooting and remediation – Automation enables rapid identification of system configuration problems to ensure that security and compliance gaps are closed. It also helps IT groups be more productive.
Compliance automation solutions enable organizations to be resilient to changes in IT staffing and resources that can derail compliance efforts. By automating compliance with regulations and internal security policies, you will accelerate compliance, streamline the audit process, improve the security posture of your organization and – most importantly for the success of your IT organization - free up your staff’s time for more strategic activities.