I have previously written a number of blogs on the topic of man vs machine. In these I have discussed the merits, and appropriate use of the skills on offer, from both man and machine.

Over the last few months, there seems to be a resurgence of news reports, articles and radio discussions around the use of machines, in order to replace some of the jobs and tasks delivered by humans. Examples are the Google driverless car, with the media issuing statements such as 'could the taxi driver be extinct in 10 years' time'; or that Amazon's drone delivery service could potentially end the careers of a number of delivery drivers.

Whilst this makes striking news headlines, I find it interesting that the media put a negative spin on such innovative solutions. In other industries, such as ours, we are crying out for more advanced automation capabilities, largely due to the skills shortage we all know exists in the cybersecurity market.

It is easy to forget that machines have already been replacing humans for over a hundred years. One example would be the creation of the steam traction engine. It created an uproar when it first entered the farming industry in the middle of the 1800s, putting a large number of farm workers out of jobs. However, humans (over time) do what we do best; we are resilient, we adapt, we learn and we prosper (with the support of the new machines).

I am sure at RSA next week that we will see a whole host of new emerging innovative solutions, and it will be interesting to see how many are touting a tag line of 'Automation and Orchestration'. I expect to see quite a few…