Security teams frequently struggle with the volume of alerts and issues they are tasked with daily. On average, most enterprises receive between 10,000 and 150,000 a day. Regardless of how large a security team may be, manually going through alerts like this is an almost impossible task.
In this article we’ll be covering one of the methodologies that help with improving software security: Security Orchestration Automation and Response (SOAR).
Gartner defines SOAR as “technologies that enable organisations to take inputs from several sources, mainly from security information and event management (SIEM) systems, and apply workflows aligned to processes and procedures”.
In short, SOAR is comprised of two fundamental principles:
Combining these two principles results in a robust methodology to allow your security organisation to improve their workflow and incident response.
Security professionals are constantly flooded with a vast array of security tools and alerts. Over 79% of teams feel overwhelmed by the volume of alerts they receive, with most organisations getting over 10,000 alerts per day.
The key to SOAR’s advantages lies in what is known as ‘playbooks’, which are predefined actions that are automated. These can be custom-fit to a system’s needs, and most SOAR security tools offer pre-made playbooks to fit everyday use cases. For example, a playbook could take a potential piece of malware, analyse and classify it, isolate and kill the process, and create a report.
Utilising methodologies like SOAR to centralise and simplify application security improves the quality of life for security teams and helps keep information transparent and standardised.
Using a SOAR system can bring a plethora of benefits to an organisation, such as:
There are plenty of SOAR solutions and tools on the market, each with pros and cons. Here is a brief breakdown of a few of the most popular tools:
IBM’s tool includes more than just a SOAR solution, as it also includes integrations for other security methodologies like SIEM and Threat Intelligence. It operates with IBM’s X-Force Threat Intelligence platform to collaborate with other security teams, consolidate information, and use AI to analyse and report threats.
Splunk offers a robust security platform that can integrate into over 350 tools to provide a comprehensive solution for any organisation. Their automated playbooks allow teams to set up tools for simple low-level actions and a built-in case management system to track incidents and create workflows.
Sumo Logic’s Cloud SOAR (formerly DFLabs’ IncMan) is another AI-powered tool that encompasses all of the typical features of a SOAR platform. They offer a robust collection of playbooks to fit an organisation’s needs, and they help close any skill gaps for inexperienced team members.
It’s clear that we’re facing an age of alert fatigue and information overload, and the enormous quantity of threats your business has to deal with on a daily basis can be overwhelming. SOAR platforms relieve much of the low-priority legwork and allow analysts to concentrate on improving your overall security operations.
Instead of struggling to maintain disjointed security solutions, you can save time by using tools that seamlessly integrate with your existing workflows. Uleska provides orchestration security tools that you can rely on and easily integrate with your CI platforms and DevOps workflows. Discover more now.
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