Low-Code vs. No-Code Security Automation: What’s the Difference? – Natural Self Esteem

It’s an automated world out there. If it can be done programmatically, it already is – or will be soon enough. The security industry has seen this firsthand. As cyber threats become more prevalent and skilled security professionals become scarce, security automation platforms have been created to free up time from your existing security team.

However, finding the best type of security automation isn’t always easy. Low-code and no-code are trending terms that have been generating a lot of buzz lately. But what’s the difference? Which is best for your security team? In fact, does it even matter?

With so many security automation solutions coming out, it can be difficult to decide which type is best for you. But fear not – 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 no coding capabilities, and full-code, often represented by early security automation platforms and traditional security orchestration, automation, and response (SOAR) platforms that require developers capable of complex manual coding. With a low-code solution, you can still expect robust application development capabilities for a range of use cases, but with more user-friendly features like drag-and-drop data entry and built-in business logic.

The flexibility of how sophisticated or simple you want your platform to be is unique to low-code automation.

What is no-code security automation?

No-code platforms provide codeless access to the basics of security automation. Don’t let the name fool you – there’s still a lot of backend coding involved, but your team doesn’t need or have the ability to use Python scripts to set up and use no-code platforms.

For small security teams, resources and budgets are often tight, making no-code an attractive option. No-code security automation makes simple automated tasks accessible, usually at a slightly lower cost than other security solutions. However, that reduced cost means fewer features (no case management or reporting), limited use cases, and little to no customization.

Differences between low-code and no-code

The most obvious difference between no-code and low-code platforms is that low-code allows coding via Python script for teams that want the added flexibility and extensibility, while no-code does not. It might seem like the differences stop there, but to the core, 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 desired results.

Playbook customization

Low code: With coding still an option, low-code platforms are fully customizable to automate your security team’s unique use cases. This means that most customizations are as simple as drag-and-drop actions, while users who need more control can create them “their way” using Python scripts.

No code: If you choose a fully developed application, you lose the freedom to fully customize the platform to your team’s needs. Pre-made templates are still customizable, but anything outside of the actions available is almost impossible to customize. Some pre-built applications even limit the number of actions that can be performed in a single workflow.

integrations

Whether you choose to go low-code or no-code, you’ll need to use a REST API to build your own integrations. The real difference lies in the integration libraries.

Low code: Low-code platforms have been around longer, resulting in more time to create and extend larger integration libraries. You still have the option to build your own integrations, or you can simply save time by accessing a variety of integrations. More experienced low-code platforms can also offer on-demand integrations.

No code: As a 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 would save with a larger integration library.

reporting

Low code: It’s critical that your team can spot trends in your security metrics. Low-code platforms provide self-documenting playbooks and fully customizable, real-time people-based reports. 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.

No code: No-code automation is great for simplifying security automation processes, but these tools don’t make it easy to understand whether the automated processes have been effective at scale. You haven’t invested in offering reporting capabilities to customers yet. Security leaders who care about determining their security team’s effectiveness, risk levels, and tool performance should consider whether the simplicity of no-code playbooks is enough to make up for this deficiency.

case management

Low code: Case management is a critical component of any incident response process. Low-code security platforms include powerful case management capabilities that accelerate investigations with enriched data and rapid response, making it easier to close more security alerts in less time. With customizable controls and drop-in widgets, you have the flexibility to build a case management system that is responsive to your business logic and security workflows.

No code: The simplicity of no-code means your team may lose sophisticated functionality, including case management. No-code security automation tends to penalize case management capabilities, if they have them at all. When incident response is a core element of your security operations, it will limit your team’s success.

What’s best for my team?

Regardless of what your team is using, low-code and no-code automation both have the same goal: save time and free you to focus on what matters most.

Ultimately, what matters is that you choose a solution that best fits your people, processes, and technology stack. 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 ones work for your high-priority use cases today and where you want to be in the future. As your business grows and the security posture matures, what solution scales to help you meet the challenges of the future? Which solution enables your team to learn from best practices and grow as security professionals? Does the vendor only offer one product or is it also a great partner? Think about which provider offers the customer experience you need when your team gets 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 good options to consider, but think about what’s right for your team today and in the future. Learn what security automation can do and how it can help your team go from good to great in our upcoming Low-Code Security Automation 101 webinar.

*** This is a Swimlane (en-US) Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog written by Christopher Fox. Read the original post at: https://swimlane.com/blog/low-code-vs-no-code-security-automation/

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