How No-Code Supercharges Your Security Automation Capabilities

Decentralized application architectures have made security more critical and essential to business operations, while making security exponentially harder to manage. In this post, you'll learn how no-code automation can help modernize and streamline your security operations workflows.

Zion Zatlavi
Apr 28, 2023
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In today’s decentralized world, cloud adoption has made security more critical and essential to business operations, while making security exponentially harder to manage. Securing distributed teams and infrastructure creates a number of operational challenges and requires security teams to operate on a bigger scale. With so much complexity, achieving faster speeds can only be achieved through robust automation. Traditionally, automation in the security space was done at the SOC (Security Operations Center) while other security teams went by with self made solutions or limited automation by point solutions. However, it is important to note that disciplines like IAM (Identity and Access Management), GRC (Governance, Risk Management, and Compliance), DevSecOps, Cloud Security, and SDLC are also primary responsibilities of enterprise security teams. Each of these responsibilities has daily repetitive tasks that must be automated to reach the scale and velocity demands of the modern business.

Unfortunately, most security teams are understaffed and oftentimes do not have automation development capacity. This materializes in a significant time-to-value gap, because the effort to create an automation often exceeds the marginal benefit. Over time, however, these “low-level” automations can add up to significant cost savings! Nevertheless, sometimes the only way to truly scale a process, assure competitive SLAs are met, or find real-world security gaps is by introducing automation.

After speaking with hundreds of security practitioners globally, we realized there’s an industry-wide perception that more effort is required to automate a process than the perceived value. In some cases, some teams simply do not have the coding resources or expertise to do so and do not even attempt to do it. This is precisely why no-code automation is core to the future of security operations.

What is No-Code Automation?

No-code platforms are a way to automate processes without requiring coding expertise. This makes them the perfect solution for security experts and operators. That’s because most security teams understand their own internal processes and experts of the security tools they’re using, but lack the skills or capabilities to build automated workflows for them. With no-code platforms, security teams can independently and quickly build workflows and automations according to their own priorities. They can focus on the outcome instead of worrying about the "plumbing" - implementing APIs, runtime handling, user and permissions, error handling. Security aspects such as secrets management are all handled automatically by no-code platforms. This empowers security experts to focus exclusively on the problem at hand.

There are many benefits to implementing a no-code platform approach within your organization. For example, no-code automation can bridge the gap between your security experts and more junior operators. That’s because no-code automation enables you to build an automated workflow once, and operationalize it forever. Furthermore, no-code automation enables security teams to work more efficiently by independently building their own automated workflows without relying on development teams (who have their own projects and priorities).

To illustrate the benefits of adopting a no-code security automation platform, let's explore some examples.

  • In the Blink IAM automation pack, you’ll find no-code workflows that make it simple to automate user onboarding and offboarding processes or grant temporary permissions to a user by request.
  • In the Blink GRC automation pack, you’ll find no-code workflows to automate compliance checks and audits for GDPR, SOC2, NIST, HIPAA, or other compliance standards.
  • In the Blink Cloud Security automation pack, you’ll find no-code workflows to automate security monitoring and remediation to every common CSPM/CNAPP platforms.
  • Finally, in the SDLC/DevSecOps automation pack, you’ll find no-code workflows to automate application security testing and deployment.

These are just a few of the example use cases that no-code automation can help solve for security teams.

No-Code Automation for Your Security Team

Without no-code automation, the cost of manually integrating security tools and heavy development burden means most teams never fully automate their internal security workflows. Blink gives teams a no-code answer to their security automation challenges, making it more cost-effective and accessible for security teams of all sizes to automate their internal processes and workflows. 

Blink helps teams maximize their investment in security tools, protect their organization better, and automate their workflows beyond the SOC.

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