It’s an automated world out there. If it can be done programmatically, it already is, or will be, very soon. The security industry has seen this firsthand. As cyber threats have become more common and qualified security professionals become scarce, security automation platforms have been created to free up the time of your existing security team.
However, finding the best security automation style is not always easy. Low-code and no-code are buzzwords that have gotten a lot of publicity lately. But what is the difference? Which is better for your security team? In fact, does it even matter?
With so many security automation solutions on the market, it can be difficult to decide which type will offer you the best. Fear not, though: here’s a quick guide to low-code and no-code automation.
What is low code security automation?
Low-code automation is the sweet spot between no code, which enables zero coding capabilities, and full code, which is often represented by early security automation platforms and traditional orchestration, automation, and response platforms. (SOAR) that require developers who are capable of complex manual coding. With a low-code solution, you can still expect strong app development capabilities for a variety of use cases, but with more user-friendly features like drag-and-drop data entry and built-in business logic.
The flexibility in how sophisticated or simplistic you want your platform to be is unique to low-code automation.
What is security automation without code?
No-code platforms offer no-code access to the basics of security automation. Don’t let the name fool you: there’s still a lot of coding on the backend, but your team doesn’t need or have the option to use Python scripting to set up and use platforms without code.
For small security teams, resources and budgets are often tight, making the no-code option attractive. No-code security automation makes simple automated tasks affordable, often at a slightly cheaper price than other security solutions. However, this reduced cost means fewer features (no case management or reporting), restricted use cases, and little to no customization.
Differences in Low-Code vs. no code
The most obvious difference between no-code and low-code platforms is that low-code allows coding via a python script for teams that want additional flexibility and expansion, while low-code does not. It may seem like the differences end there, but in essence, no-code and low-code are very different. There’s no one solution that’s right for every team, so it’s important to consider which approach will deliver the results you need.
Base code: Since encryption is still an option, low-code platforms are fully customizable to automate your security team’s unique use cases. This means that most customization is as simple as drag and drop actions, while users who require more control can create it “their way” using python scripts.
Without code: When you choose a fully built application, you lose the freedom to completely customize the platform to fit your team’s needs. The pre-built templates can still be customized, but anything outside of the available actions is nearly impossible to tweak. Some prebuilt apps even limit the number of actions that can be performed in a single workflow.
Whether you choose low code or no code, you’ll need to use a Rest API to build your own integrations. Now where the real difference comes in is with the integration libraries.
Base code: Low-code platforms have been on the market longer, resulting in more time to build and grow. integration libraries. You still have the option to create your own integrations, or you can simply save time by accessing a wide range of integrations. More experienced low-code platforms also have the power to offer on-demand integrations.
Without code: As the newer automation option, no-code platforms tend to have smaller integration libraries. Consider the time it takes to build your own integrations versus the time you’d save with a larger integration library.
Base code: It’s critical that your team be able to spot trends in your security metrics. Low-code platforms offer self-documenting playbooks and fully customizable people-based reports in real time. This makes it easy to adapt to your current business processes with flexible scheduling options for end-of-shift reports, weekly status reports, or quarterly operational metrics reports without the need to create a custom scripting solution.
Without code: Code-free automation is great for simplifying security automation processes, but these tools don’t make it easy to understand whether the automated processes were effective at scale. They have not yet invested in offering reporting capabilities to customers. Security leaders concerned with identifying the effectiveness, risk levels, and performance of their security team’s tools should consider whether the simplicity of no-code playbooks is enough to make up for this shortcoming.
Base code: Case management is a critical component of any incident response process. Low-code security platforms include powerful case management features that speed investigations with rich data and rapid response, making it easy to close more security alerts in less time. With customizable controls and out-of-the-box widgets, you have the flexibility to build a case management system that responds to your business logic and security workflows.
Without code: The simplicity of no-code means your team may be sacrificing sophisticated features, one of which is case management. No-code security automation tends to be light on case management capabilities, if any. If incident response is a core element of your security operations, it will limit your team’s success.
Which one is better for my team?
No matter which one your team uses, low-code and no-code automation have the same goal: to free up time and let you focus on what’s important.
Ultimately, what matters is that you choose the solution that best fits your people, processes, and technology. Whether it’s low-code or no-code security automation, the outcomes that affect your people are more important than the security platform itself.
Think about which one will work for your high-priority use cases today and where you want to be in the future. As your business grows and your security posture matures, which solution will scale to help you solve the challenges you face in the future? Which solution will enable your team to learn from best practices and grow as security professionals? Does the supplier just offer a product or will they also be a great partner? Consider which provider will provide the customer experience you need when your team runs into trouble. Which vendor has the expertise to help you solve a new use case?
who will make your life easier?
Both low-code and no-code solutions are valid options to consider, but consider what’s right for your team today and in the future. Learn what security automation can do and how it can help take your team from good to great in our next webinar, Low Code Security Automation 101.
*** This is a syndicated Security Bloggers Network blog from Rail (en-US) written by Christopher Fox. Read the original post at: https://swimlane.com/blog/low-code-vs-no-code-security-automation/