The Uncertain Future of IT Automation

While IT automation is growing, big challenges remain. Chris Hass, director of information security and research at Automox, discusses how the future looks.

The majority of today’s cybersecurity breaches stem from unpatched vulnerabilities and outdated systems, which means that many cyberattacks are preventable. Unfortunately, it can be challenging for IT teams to keep up with the pace of new patches every month, especially when employee devices are scattered across a distributed workforce and there’s a shortage of cybersecurity professionals. These emerging factors make efficiency a critical component for any IT team.

To enable a rapid discovery of new exploits, more companies are turning to IT-automation tools for patching and system management. By streamlining the processes and reducing the workload, IT teams can quickly address new severe exploits and save time to focus their efforts on more high-impact projects.

However, while the trend of automation will continue to grow, there still remain many challenges to its adoption, and new innovations or threats could change how the future looks for this technology.

What Can We Expect in IT Automation in the Near Future?

First and foremost, IT automation will adapt to distributed environments. When we surveyed IT professionals,

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