Swimlane Blog

Are Too Many SIEM Alerts Overwhelming Your Staff? Use SAO.

By | Security Operations Tips and Tricks | No Comments

SIEM platforms are a great way to protect your organization from cyberattacks. They promise to monitor and alert your SecOps team of internal and external threats so they can stay ahead of cybercriminals and avoid costly breaches. The problem is that many organizations aren’t getting as much value from their SIEM solution as they’d like. SecOps teams are bombarded with…

Read More

Security alert management: Simplified with Automation

By | Security Operations Weekly | No Comments

Security alert management is a challenge. Large organizations handle between 10,000 and 150,000 security alerts per day and simply don’t have the resources to handle this overwhelming number of threats. Unfortunately, not investigating these alerts means that many organizations are putting themselves at risk of a serious cyber-attack. Large organizations handle between 10,000 and 150,000 security alerts per day. The…

Read More

Security Operations Efficiency: Do More with Your Existing Staff

By | Security Operations Weekly | No Comments

You’re thinking like Frederick Taylor, aren’t you? “Wait a minute,” you protest. “Who, what?” The name may not ring a bell but his thought process, which made its debut in 1909 is probably having more of an impact on your IT security team than you realize. Taylor was the father of “Scientific Management,” which posited that there was one “right…

Read More

Using Situational Awareness to Improve Threat Response Effectiveness

By | Security Operations Weekly | No Comments

Every organization wants to improve its cyber-defenses. But doing so requires continuous adaptation to ensure that the security operations team is equipped to respond to evolving threats. Finding new ways to defend the organization from a security incident is an unending task. According to a recent Forbes study, 68% of organizations are actively planning to improve their incident response capabilities…

Read More

Automated Incident Response: Respond to Every Alert

By | Security Operations Weekly | No Comments

Cybersecurity management is a challenge. Many organizations lack the resources and staff needed to tackle the growing number of threats to their organization. This inability to handle the volume of alerts results in many threats going uninvestigated… and that leaves organizations susceptible to serious attacks. Up to 70% of security alerts are ignored due to staffing and workday restrictions. Automated…

Read More

Improving SecOps Communications with Your Board of Directors

By | Security Operations Weekly | No Comments

Presenting well to the board is critical for security operations.  It’s frequently the best opportunity to demonstrate value in quantifiable terms to solidify continued support for the organization’s future initiatives.  Yet presenting to the board can also be an incredibly stressful. A recent Trustwave study noted, “40 percent of security professionals feel the most pressure in relation to their security…

Read More

Don’t Be an Asymptote! Understanding the Cost of Delayed Threat Response

By | Security Operations Weekly | No Comments

It should be the unwritten rule of cybersecurity: Don’t make an asymptote of yourself or your team members. As you may recall from high school math, an asymptote is a graphical representation of a function that trends endlessly either toward zero or infinity. In the case of threat response, the potential cost of a delay can resemble the latter —…

Read More

Automate ThreatGrid Investigation and Response with Out-of-the-Box Swimlane Integrations

By | Security Operations Weekly | No Comments

Out-of-the-Box Integrations Automate Cisco AMP ThreatGrid Malware Defense Processes A common repetitive task performed in a SOC is to submit suspicious files to a malware sandboxing technology.  These technologies then execute the binary in a safe environment and report back with valuable details about how that particular bit of malware works.  Analysts follow up by reviewing the results and taking…

Read More

Reducing Security Operations MTTD and MTTR

By | Security Operations Weekly | No Comments

For many security operations (SecOps) teams, the real measure of where the “rubber meets the road” is tied to two metrics—Mean Time to Detect (MTTD) an attack, and the Mean Time to Respond (MTTR), (the time needed to take action and neutralize the threat).  As the stakes of a cyber-attack increase, management wants to see progress on both metrics. Improvement…

Read More

Improve your Security Operations