Juniper Networks CEO Rami Rahim touted the benefits of automation during his keynote at the RSA Conference in San Francisco.
Rahim said automation can help security tackle the challenges in the digital space, where cybercriminals can easily target their victims and go unidentified.
"Automation is inevitable and it is good," said Rahim. "Artificial intelligence coupled with rich data gives us the ability to predict the future -- to determine when a bad outcome before it happens and before it can do harm."
Automation garnered criticism by some due to fears that it can displace workers, but in the cybersecurity industry the technology can fill a human capital challenge.
"There are not enough of us," he said. "We know this because the cybersecurity rate today is practically zero and even with the automation threat, there will be two million unfilled cybersecurity jobs in the next couple of years."