In the IT security industry, we have seen a resurgence of machine based learning and anomaly based detection which boasts the capabilities that machines have to identify the threats that lie within our organisations. Finding a needle in a haystack of needles is a term I often hear. It is easy to forget the need for a balance between people, processes and technology.
It is interesting to see that the importance of this balance is seen in other industries too. The article below highlights how Mercedes Benz production lines are removing a number of their robots for human alternatives, citing that the robots are unable to deal with the different options that are being offered to customers.
If we relate this to the IT security world, it is key that in an ever changing and sophisticated threat landscape we have the ability to add human intelligence, context and reasoning capabilities to find the bespoke threats targeting our organisations. All while assisting the 'robots' to perform to the best of their abilities, implementing often complex algorithms, which is essentially delivering a repeatable task which would be overly time consuming for any human to do.
In a surprise win for humanity, Mercedes Benz has announced that it's ditching the robots used on its assembly line in favor of human workers because they can cope with the job better. "Robots can't deal with the degree of individualization and the many variants that we have today," Markus Schaefer, the luxury car-maker's head of production told Bloomberg. "We're saving money and safeguarding our future by employing more people." "The variety is too much to take on for the machines," Schaefer said. "They can't work with all the different options and keep pace with changes." The production line won't be entirely robot-free, Schaefer explained, but instead, humans will work side by side with smaller robots that can handle the main repetitive tasks while German workers do the tricky stuff.