At this point, you’ve decided that your security operations center (SOC) is ready for a security orchestration, automation and response (SOAR) solution. You’ve evaluated different SOAR solutions and selected the platform that best suits the needs of your unique security environment. Now what?Make sure you're not doing these 3 things when implementing your #SOAR solution. Click To Tweet
While it might seem tempting to dive right in and automate everything, doing so will not necessarily set you up for successful SOAR implementation. Here are three pitfalls to avoid when implementing your SOAR solution and some suggestions for what to do instead.
- Expecting everything is going to work 100 percent out-of-the-box.
If a vendor promises this, run. Don’t walk. RUN! Since every SOC is unique with its own people, processes and technologies, no one solution will work entirely out-of-the-box. Instead, work with your team and your SOAR vendor to integrate your solution with your existing people, processes and technologies, including your existing security tools.
- Not having defined incident response processes in place.
Speaking of people, processes and technologies, having defined incident response processes is crucial when implementing a SOAR solution. Without defined incident response processes, it will be difficult to prioritize what you need to start automating first. Before implementing a SOAR solution, make sure to have documented standard operating procedures (SOPs) and processes in place so that you so that you can most effectively integrate SOAR with your people, processes and technologies.
- Attempt to automate everything at once.
As the saying goes, the best way to eat an elephant is one bite at a time. The same goes for implementing a SOAR solution. Instead of trying to do everything at once and feeling immediately overwhelmed, start small. Find a simple workflow to automate previously manual, repetitive tasks and build that out first. That way, you can learn the nuances of the system while becoming more comfortable with it. From there, larger and more complex playbooks and workflows will be easier to create.
Diving Into SOAR: Best Practices for a Successful Implementation
You’ve decided that your security operations center is ready for a SOAR solution. And you’ve evaluated different SOAR solutions and selected the platform that best suits the needs of your unique security environment. Now what? Hear from Swimlane’s CEO Cody Cornell in this short video as he walks through how to get started with a successful SOAR implementation.