Paula Januszkiewicz, founder and CEO of consulting company CQURE speaks at the RSA Conference in Asia last year. Today’s columnist, Tim Erlin of Tripwire, says security teams can automate anything today, but they still need strong security pros like Januszkiewicz to drive decisions on what processes to automate. (Credit: Cyberraccoon via Creative Commons)

IT automation started out with administrators making simple tools that would help them accomplish the same task again and again. Today, IT automation has grown into its own industry, as there has been an increasing need to meet the growth of IT itself. Security automation isn’t far behind.

As any environment grows, the need for security, and security automation also expands. Eventually, an environment can get so large and complex that it becomes virtually impossible, not to mention tedious and time-consuming to manually harden and patch every asset. If the company wants to think about implementing more security automation in its environment, here are five important considerations:

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