Business Driver: Swimlane’s Security Orchestration, Automation and Response – SOAR
Security vigilance comes with a very high price-tag. Qualified security staff are in heavy demand and command high salaries, assuming you are able to locate a suitable employee given the parlous shortage of candidates. Outsourcing is often an effective solution but comes with risks while just “hoping for the best” exposes the organisation to potential negligence lawsuits, reputational damage and legislative sanctions if safeguards are breached. One approach taken by organisations with demanding security requirements or finite resources is to invest in technical automation to track “security incidents” and use existing personnel to quickly respond to alerts and remediate rapidly. The market for “incident response management” has evolved with Security Orchestration, Automation and Response -SOAR- solutions addressing the needs of top-tier organisations while sibling, Security Incident Event Management – SIEM – products providing reactive tools to track security incidents and readiness. SOAR and SIEM serve different masters with SOAR’s ability to deploy and automate optimised for Enterprise environments as opposed to SIEM which flags issues extracted from log files and relying upon administrative oversight to remediate.
If a simple comparison is needed, SOAR is the brains whereas SIEM is the brawn.
- Lower cybersecurity risk
- Reduced staff acquisition and retention rates
- Improved security readiness
- Better forensic and analytical capabilities reduce false positives and erroneous alerts
- Respond to threats in real-time
- Improve Mean Time to Resolution (MTTR) and cut threat window interval
- Intuitive and contextual tools that build granular incident reports
- Consistent and predictable process management and workflows
- Quantifiable cybersecurity ROI
- Rapid integration with virtually every third-party platform ensures rapid ROI without any increase in operating overheads