FIVE BENEFITS OF IMPLEMENTING SECURITY ORCHESTRATION AUTOMATION AND RESPONSE (SOAR)

1. COMPREHENSIVE INTEGRATION

The O in SOAR stands for orchestration, which refers to the concept of getting other IT security solutions to work together. SOCs often use a range of security tools from different vendors, such as firewalls, intrusion detection systems, and threat intelligence reports. While useful on their own, these tools lack interoperability. That means that in order to see the big picture, analysts must manually piece together the information from these tools like a jigsaw puzzle. This takes time and draws analysts’ attention away from other important tasks.

2. RAPID RESPONSE

Going beyond data acquisition and analysis, SOAR solutions can be configured to respond automatically to a range of situations. For example, consider an endpoint infected with malware that repeatedly attempts to connect to blacklisted domains. In a more traditional setup, even if these connections are quickly detected and flagged, SOC staff might not be able to intervene manually before the endpoint attempts a connection to a domain that isn’t on the blacklist. From this point, any number of events could occur: confidential information might be sent to an attacker, or additional malware might be downloaded and installed.

3. CONSISTENCY AND COMPLIANCE

In addition to shortening response times, the automation features of a SOAR solution offer the benefit of consistency. Because automated responses are generated by sets of rules, you can be certain that all events of a given type will be handled identically. Automation eliminates the possibility of human error and reduces the number of judgement calls analysts are required to make.

4. FOCUSED ATTENTION

Another advantage of SOAR solutions lies in their ability to automatically investigate many low-level alerts. In environments that deal with a high volume of events, analysts often spend a significant amount of time resolving these security alerts. Low-level alerts are frequently false positives, and those that are not may require only a trivial response. By automating the handling of these alerts, analysts can devote more of their time and attention to situations where human intervention really is required while the software handles the rest.

5. LOWER COSTS

Implementing SOAR has financial benefits, too. A SOAR solution reduces the amount of work in an SOC that needs to be done manually, increasing efficiency and productivity. You can take advantage of that efficiency and productivity to reduce some of your security-related operational costs.

SOAR HIGHER WITH DNIF

DNIF’s modern approach to SOAR offers your organization all of these benefits and others. DNIF also incorporates machine learning techniques, making its security automation features more powerful and efficient than those of traditional solutions.

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