Security Orchestration, Automation and Response (SOAR) is a popular term that conceptualizes the process of automating security tasks that are burdensome to IT and Security staff. When configured correctly, SOAR solutions can provide the following benefits in your environment:
- Facilitating faster incident response time
- Reducing manual operations and standardized processes
- Streamlining information coming from a variety of security tools
- Optimizing threat intelligence
- Improving reporting
A comprehensive SOAR platform can help organizations improve security operations by combining multiple security solutions into one single solution. SOAR also reduces security silos, allowing security professionals to automate response actions leveraging the tools within their security stack. Rather than operate via multiple consoles and platforms, a proper SOAR solution provides teams with one console to manage all aspects of their organization’s security. This approach allows security teams to operate with efficiency as it pertains to detecting, investigating, responding and resolving incidents.
SOAR is often compared to Security Information and Event Management (SIEM), but it’s important to note it’s not the same thing. While SIEM and SOAR both collect data and alert security teams, SIEM only sends the alerts to security analysts. SOAR takes it a step further with the automation and response piece using workflows or artificial intelligence (AI). AI helps organizations learn pattern behaviors, enabling them to predict similar threats in the future.
Examples of SOAR solutions include:
- Automating the process of phishing reporting, management and training
- Autonomous firewall management
- Autonomous end-point response and isolation
- Real-time security risk metrics and reporting
Configured correctly, SOAR can be a force multiplier for IT continuously handling security incidents in an effective and reportable manner. SOAR solutions and tools enable organizations to collect and automatically act on inputs received from multiple security tools throughout the IT environment. This approach can take your organization’s security strategy to the next level. For more information on SOAR solutions, contact us today.