What is SOAR?
SOAR was originally described as Security, Operations, Analytics & Reporting but more recently because of the incorporation of 3 significant technologies; Security Orchestration and Automation (SOA), Security Incident & Response Platforms (SERPs), and Threat Intelligence Platforms (TIPs), SOAR is now defined as Security, Orchestration, Automation & Response.
In today’s fast-paced, technology-focused environment, security teams can have multifaceted security solutions in place, to monitor threats and respond effectively and quickly. This can in itself bring about many issues.
How do you monitor security solutions efficiently?
How do you identify threats and risks effectively?
How do you manage and monitor a host of security solutions and vendors productively?
How do you reduce the “noise” to successfully manage and respond to alerts?
Security teams are faced with an unprecedented amount of alerts on a daily basis, usually from multiple vendor environments and disparate infrastructures, handling around 10,000 alerts, per week! This in itself causes limited visibility and long MTTR (Mean Time to Respond) with often inconsistent processes. SOAR brings together vendor management tools in a ‘single pane of glass’ and utilises automation to streamline processes and increase productivity, allowing your security teams to focus on what’s important.
SOAR brings together Machine Learning (ML) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) to monitor and react to security threats through security policy alignment to process and remediate where necessary.
Incorporating SOAR into your security stack brings together your security solutions with huge benefits to your security teams, architecture and security posture, reducing your risks and time to respond therefore improving compliance and reporting requirements.
Key Benefits of SOAR
- Automate repeatable tasks
- Reduce false positives
- Reduce human error
- Increase availability to investigate and respond to events
- Review and automate vendor renewals
- Minimise vendor lock-in
- Reduces time to respond to aggressive threats
- Helps to prioritise and manage processes
- Reduce resource costs significantly
- Reduce manual operations
- Standardise processes across teams, products & use cases
- Account Policy Management
Use Case Examples
HR & Recruitment
Employee onboarding and off-boarding can be time-consuming; and utilises multiple administrator tasks and standardised processes. The creation of email address, payroll and expense accounts, email signatures, business cards, laptop deployment, mobile device allocation are examples of some of the basic tasks required for onboarding a new employee. The same applies to employees leaving the business, security/IT teams are required to make sure all access rights and email accounts etc are deactivated and HR will be required to conduct tasks to inform payroll and the accounts departments to cease salary and finalise expense claims. Utilising SOAR means these processes can be automated, reducing timescales and minimising human error with a fully automated procedure, in line with compliance regulations and reporting.
Subject Access Requests (SAR’s)
Following the implementation of GDPR and other compliance regulations, businesses are now facing a huge number of SAR’s. Again utilising SOAR; streamlines and reduces the time required to compile these reports. Processes can be implemented for tracking, providing a full report structure and audit trails; all requiring time, analytics and access to the necessary information required.
Additional Use Cases
• Email security & Phishing attacks
• Endpoint protection
• Vulnerability Scans & Management
• Threat Hunting & Intelligence
• Malware Analysis
• SSL Certificate Management
• Failed User Logins
• Case Management & Ticketing
• SIEM & Analytics
• EDR (Endpoint Detection & Remediation)
• Incident Management
• Security Operations
• Cloud Security