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Security Automation Essentials: Streamlined Enterprise Security Management & Monitoring with SCAP by Greg Witte, Shane Shaffer, Matt Kerr, Melanie Cook

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Foreword
It’s no secret that individuals, companies, and whole nations are struggling with the challenge of cyber security. In cyberspace, the Bad Guys have the upper hand: low cost of entry, speed, anonymity, high leverage, global information sharing, and rapid adoption of new technology. Meanwhile, cyber defenders are, in effect, pinned down by relatively mundane problems like missing patches, poor configuration choices, and unenforced policies. And they are saddled with a bewildering array of tools that must be managed independently and that rarely can communicate with each other. It’s not that the defenders don’t care, or that they lack good solutions; it’s that cyber defense is operationally very difficult, especially at large scale.
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