How SOAR Helps Enterprises via Security Automation

How SOAR Helps Enterprises via Security Automation

How can SOAR (security orchestration, automation, and response) help enterprises via its security automation? What can these security automation capabilities do to secure more complex IT infrastructure? 

Many security experts look at SOAR as a means of improving businesses’ overall cybersecurity posture, not as a replacement for other tools. However, SOAR offers comprehensive security automation capabilities which organizations often need; security teams often feel overwhelmed by the sheer volume of tasks facing them every day. 

It goes beyond that. Let’s dive into the benefits of security automation as provided by SOAR.

How SOAR Helps Enterprises via Security Automation

1. Reducing the Workload of Mundane Tasks

We alluded to this above, but it bears repeating: security teams deal with a heavy workload. The most prominent example involves security alerts. Even next-generation SIEM and other threat detection tools create false positives. Unfortunately, false positives can swiftly outnumber legitimate alerts, burying them under digital refuge. 

Sorting through all of the false positives can eat a significant portion of your security team’s time and energy. In many cases, burnout rates increase. SOAR can help by automating the process of examining the alerts, checking alerts against predetermined rules to sort out legitimate concerns from false positives. Thus, SOAR’s security automation handles the tedious and repetitive tasks that make up a burden to IT teams. Through automation, SOAR solutions can help your IT security team’s overall performance and improve its detection time. 

2. Phishing 

One of the most common use cases for security automation involves phishing. Phishing continues to prove one of the most successful tools in the hacker arsenal, and thus these attacks proliferate. 

Trying to tackle the problem head on can result in frustration and limited success. SOAR’s automation helps solve these challenges by automating the phishing triage process. For example, it can apply tags to suspicious or malicious emails for remediation or investigation. Also, it can isolate potentially malicious hosts, thank users for their submissions to the IT security desk, and in removing malicious emails from mailboxes. 

3. Vulnerability Scanning

Security automation via SOAR can also automate the vulnerability scans necessary for a complex and scaling IT environment. Additionally, SOAR solutions can help security teams make sense of the information collected in the vulnerability scans, making it accessible and usable by human intelligence. 

Given the number of breaches caused by unpatched and mismanaged hard, firmware, and software, this automation proves increasingly essential. 

4. Domain and VPN Monitoring 

According to researchers, as much as a third (or more) of online domains are considered malicious. The best means of preventing these domains from causing problems with your business is to block access to them or to limit their ability to interact with your IT environment. 

SOAR can automatically compare between monitored domains to blacklisted and greylisted domains discovered by threat intelligence. 

Meanwhile, SOAR can also help enterprises examine their virtual private networks (VPNs). Through automation, teams can examine VPNs’ status, discover outages, and perform troubleshooting. With the prevalence of remote work necessitating VPNs for so many businesses, this matters more than ever. 

You can learn more in our 2020 SOAR Buyer’s Guide

Ben Canner

Ben Canner is an enterprise technology writer and analyst covering Identity Management, SIEM, Endpoint Protection, and Cybersecurity writ large. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English from Clark University in Worcester, MA. He previously worked as a corporate blogger and ghost writer. You can reach him via Twitter and LinkedIn.
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