When it comes to Security Orchestration, Automation and Response (SOAR), the use cases tend to vary depending on several factors like the enterprise-specific internal environment, the industry or vertical, the enterprises serve and even the legal and regulatory compliances that need to be met.
Phishing emails have become one of the most complicated issues faced by organizations over the past many years. Some of the very recent high-profile data breaches are results of carefully crafted phishing emails. Security Orchestration Automation and Response (SOAR) are an accurately positioned to enable automatic triage and evaluation of suspected phishing emails by extracting artifacts from the email, performing additional enrichment on these artifacts and if needed, containing the malicious email and any harmful payloads.
Malicious Network Traffic
The arrival of detection technologies means that organizations face a constant bombardment of alerts. Several of these alerts are generated due to traffic which one detection technology or another has deemed to be potentially malicious.
This is generally based on some threat indicator, which might be or might not be reliable. It is often left up to the enterprise to further triage and investigate all these alerts to determine whether they are a false positive or actually are a potential security event. Look for a SecOps Solutions in US for your organization’s cybersecurity related issues.
Security Orchestration Automation and Response (SOAR) was not intended to be a vulnerability management platform and will probably never replace the robust vulnerability management systems that are available these days. However, there are some things about a good vulnerability management program which a SOAR platform can streamline.
In larger enterprises, vulnerability management is a task that is often performed outside the security team. This can result in a potential risk as the security team might not be aware of vulnerabilities that exist within the infrastructure.
Although it is not strictly an orchestration and automation function, case management is an essential part of the incident response process and is also another function which can be streamlined with the help of SOAR. Many organizations struggle with managing the huge amounts of disparate information that is collected during a security incident. Spreadsheets and shared documents are not entirely sufficient for managing a complex cyber incident.
SOAR not only maintains all the information and enriched data gathered from automated and orchestrated activities, but it also maintains a detailed audit log of all the actions taken during the response. A full-featured SOAR solution must allow for detailed task management, allowing incident managers to create, assign, and monitor the assigned tasks to all analysts taking part in the response. In addition to that, a full-featured SOAR should also allow users to track assets that are involved in the incident and maintain a complete chain of custody for all types of physical and logical evidence.
A Security Orchestration, Automation and Response (SOAR) that comes with full case management functionality will help in ensuring the smooth and efficient handling of an incident from identification through remediation, given that the responders will have all the information they require right at their fingertips and allowing them to focus more on the task that is at hand.