Automated Threat Response with SOAR

Earlier, there were very few options available to sneak into an organisation’s network. Today, the ways in which cyber criminals can get into an organisation has dramatically increased. There are multiple vulnerable platforms such as cloud data centres, mobile devices, file sharing platforms, IoT devices and many more that provide uncountable ways that compromise the network security. Even in a well configured SIEM to detect these attacks, this can lead to alarm fatigue and slower Time to Respond (MTTR- Mean Time to Respond) as the response involves human intervention.

In order to ease the situation and decrease MTTR, most of the organizations are now turning to automated Response solutions that identifies threats and automates responses quickly.

Now, what is SOAR?

Security orchestration, automation and response — often shortened to SOAR — creates a more modernized approach to analyse security information and data collection on security threats from multiple resources without human intervention for the detection of cyber-threats and to respond to the security events effectively. With the help of SOAR, time-consuming manual tasks are automated many times faster than the traditional cyber security approaches with more effective incident response.

Organizations with too many security incident alerts and a handful of analysts need to adopt a mechanism which empowers them to automatically respond to security alerts. It’s no question that, response time to the alert immensely contributes to effective cyber security. Nowadays, more security teams are automating their processes to get the speed they need for business. Gone are the days when speed was the hour, now it is certainly the need of the seconds.

Benefits of Implementing SOAR Technology

SOAR is the best solution for analysts stuck in the maze of alerts and one of the best guide for the analysts who focus solely on investigating and responding to events on their whole day. Treating an unending stream of alerts can limit Security Operations Centre (SOC) from reacting quickly and effectively. SOAR enriches the events to prevent false positive alerts from lowering the sensitivity bar. Organisations that adopts Security Orchestration and Automation (SOAR) are now enjoying its benefits of enhanced speed, ease of operation and reduced the human error.

SOAR security solutions can improve critical cybersecurity operations such as incident response, threat detection, security reports etc. by helping the analysts, especially those who are part of a SOC team, to manage their company’s overall security approach in a better way. SOAR provides a quick and accurate way to process large volumes of incident alerts and log data. SOAR combines different technologies and connecting security tools to glue them for working together and participating in incident response.

Consider an instance where a company gets thousands of malicious emails every day. Is it possible to investigate each reported email manually? This is where SOAR come into place. For each malicious email, this response tool orchestrates each step to the response mostly without any human intervention. Based on the value of the results, analysts can be notified and enter into the process. On this actual case, we can see security orchestration playbook can react to the incident and implement suitable remediation.

SOAR capabilities in Cybersecurity:

  • Threat Intelligence
  • Case Management based Incident Response
  • Vulnerability Management
  • Endpoint Detection and Response
  • Security Operations Automation
  • Playbook Management

What are SOAR Use Cases? and How SOAR can improve SOC efficiency? Read more on HAWKEYE blog.

SOAR Capabilities