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Optiv Security and Momentum Cyber White Paper Defines the Five Trends and Technologies That Will Relieve the Cyber Security Skills Shortage


and Momentum
have published a new white paper entitled "E
is for Efficiency,"
which discusses the five key trends and
technologies that will dramatically reduce the impact of the cyber
security skills shortage by creating much greater efficiency in
enterprise security programs. The paper details the state of the cyber
security skills shortage, which is projected to hit 1.8 million jobs by
2022. "E is for Efficiency" then defines the five key technologies and
trends in security that promise to lessen or even eradicate this problem:

  • Machine Learning: Prior to Machine Learning, security was
    significantly more manpower intensive, relying on people and their
    knowledge to detect, investigate, report and remediate, with a large
    percentage of the actions taken by security teams being repetitive.
    The skills shortage, combined with the ever-increasing need for
    organizations to achieve efficiency, necessitates new technologies to
    accelerate time to detection, response and recovery. By strategically
    implementing machine learning to areas where it will save time and
    improve effectiveness, enterprises can eliminate wasteful triage
    processes that rely on analysts sifting through piles of data and
    alerts to find actual threats. Machine Learning also provides
    organizations with actionable intelligence to streamline workload and
    workflow processes.
  • Platform Consolidation: Several security vendors have been
    building out security platforms through technology acquisition and new
    feature development. These integrated platforms provide interconnected
    functionality, which enables consolidated management that is far more
    efficient than managing disparate point tools.
  • Security Integration: Having multiple security tools generating
    data and alerts can create a cacophony of useless "noise" in a
    security organization. By integrating tools, organizations can
    dramatically speed up detection and response. For example, if an
    endpoint tool detects an infected laptop, it can trigger changes to
    firewalls to block the malware from communicating with its
    command-and-control host. However, while most tools have APIs for
    integration, they often are limited – so security pros should factor
    API quality into their buying decisions when procuring security tools,
    since they are critical to creating a truly integrated security stack.
  • Automation and Orchestration: Security automation and
    orchestration accelerates the movement of data between tools for the
    purposes of threat prioritization, response amplification, labor
    reduction and consistent workflow. This sector of security has seen
    massive investment and adoption, due to its promise to relieve
    security personnel of routine manual labor, and to implement effective
  • Continuous Security Validation: Once these integration,
    consolidation and automation strategies are in place, enterprises must
    have systems to test that their security controls are properly
    configured over the course of time, even as network changes are made.
    Continuous security validation tools automate and speed the process of
    identifying misconfigured security tools and network devices.

When combined, these five trends and technologies eliminate enormous
amounts of manual labor while improving overall security posture,
through the reduction of human error, more effective use of on-staff
expertise, and the use of continuous security validation. By automating
manual tasks, they also relieve enterprises and service providers from
the requirement of continually hiring more security professionals to
manage an ever-growing infrastructure, thus curbing or even eliminating
the impact of the cyber security skills shortage.

If you are a member of the media interested in further analysis on any
of the issues addressed in "E is for Efficiency," please contact Jason
Cook at
or (816) 701-3374 or Kim Hughes at
of (415) 516-6187.

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successful cyber security programs that achieve business objectives
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security services
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providing bespoke high-impact advice combined with tailored,
senior-level access. The firm was founded by world-class operators and
advisors and caters to the unique needs of both earlier stage founders,
CEOs, & boards as well as the complexity of later stage & public
companies throughout their lifecycle – incubation to exit. Headquartered
in San Francisco with operations globally, the senior team has closed
over 250 transactions totaling over $250 billion in value. Momentum
Cybersecurity Group, LLC conducts its M&A advisory services as an M&A
Broker as defined by the SEC. For more information, visit

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