Security Orchestration Automation and Response

Threat detection is only half of the equation. You also need smart incident response.

Security orchestration, automation and response (SOAR) is graduating to the mainstream.  Organizations burdened by the growing volume of alerts, multiple tools and staff shortages are adopting a single platform to improve their security operations centers.

SOAR tools can help your organization accelerate incident response with automation, process standardization, and integration with your existing security tools. Organizations mature enough for SOAR are able to speed up threat investigations by collecting data across operations without relying on human efforts, increasing productivity and better aligning case and ticket management workflows.

Handle security alerts
Your analysts face an onslaught of security alerts, and often have numerous tools to work with. Use automation to quickly resolve damaging phishing attacks, or malware infections in multiple endpoints and free your analysts from repetitive tasks.

Manage security operations
Across your organization, proactive vulnerability management and endpoint diagnostics may take a backseat to reactive incident response. Tools like Ansible can help analysts scale and resolve issues wherever they occur.

Incident response and enrichment
A SOAR platform integrates your security tools to accelerate and enrich your investigations. It automatically correlates security alerts flagged by SIEM, against threat intelligence feeds for malicious indicators or integrates malware findings into incidents after detonating in a sandbox.

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Gartner SOAR Market Guide

SOAR solutions are gaining visibility and real-world use driven by early adoption to improve security operations centers. Security and risk management leaders should start to evaluate how these solutions can support and optimize their broader security operations capabilities.  SOAR solutions can improve customer’s ability to:

  • Prioritize security operations activities
  • Formalize triage and incident response
  • Automate response


The 2019 Study on the Cyber Resilient Organization

The Ponemon Institute and IBM Resilient provided findings of the fourth annual study on the importance of cyber resilience to ensure a strong security posture.  They focused on the importance of automation to cyber resilience.   In the context of this research, automation refers to enabling security technologies that augment or replace human intervention in the identification and containment of cyber exploits or breaches.   Such technologies depend upon artificial intelligence, machine learning, analytics and orchestration.

Other topics covered in this report are:

  • The impact of the skills gap on the ability to be more cyber resilient
  • The impact of the skills gap on the ability to be more cyber resilient§ How complexity can be the enemy of cyber resilience§ Lessons learned from organizations that have achieved a high level of cyber resilience
  • The importance of including the privacy function in cyber resilience strategies.