The Benefits of SOAR for your SOC Team

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Reduce costly repetition, increase productivity in your SOC with Swimlane’s solution for SOAR

It’s no secret that security operations teams witness a massive volume of alerts on a daily basis. Manual responses are time-consuming and pull analysts away from their growing list of high-priority tasks. It’s essential for the success of your Security Operations Center (SOC) to implement solutions that ease your team’s workload and increase operational efficiency. That’s where SOAR comes in.

What is SOAR?

Security orchestration, automation and response (SOAR) technology is designed to help SOC teams automatically execute repetitive tasks, such as responding to phishing alerts, SIEM or EDR alert triage, and is typically used within the context of the SOC. SOAR expedites the entire incident response management process, from initial event notification to remediation and closure.

Related reading: What is SOAR? A Beginner’s Guide to SOAR Products.

What are the Benefits of SOAR?

SOAR tools offer a range of benefits to help organizations of all sizes improve their incident response capabilities. While features may vary depending on the platform, you can expect SOAR to automatically execute repetitive tasks and improve incident response with seamless tool integration and data reporting. The main benefits of SOAR include:

1. Reduced Manual Operations

Low-code automation solutions provide your SOC team relief from slow, manual, and repetitive tasks, allowing your analysts to focus on higher-value work instead. With security operations professionals in short supply and high demand, making the most of your current team’s abilities is critical. Automated security operations cut down on the number of employees necessary to effectively support the SOC. SOAR tools help teams of all sizes handle security processes and incident response in a timely manner.

2. Speed up Incident Response

Time is of the essence when it comes to threat detection. The average time a breach goes undetected is 228 days – more than enough time to wreak havoc to your organization. SOAR dives in with security automation and incident response playbooks to build workflows that need little – if any – human intervention. Examples include suspending user accounts, quarantining infected endpoints, and blocking specific IP addresses. Automating incident response processes helps to reduce mean time to detect (MTTD) and mean time to respond (MTTR), minimizing the damage and disruption a breach can cause.

3. Mitigate Alert Fatigue

SOAR tools also work to reduce alert fatigue – something SOC teams are all too familiar with, seeing upwards of 1,000 security alerts per day. With custom dashboards and AI-enhanced detection and remediation, SecOps analysts can spend more time investigating threats based on their importance, rather than sifting through a sea of alerts.

4. Integrate Siloed Tools

Another major benefit of a SOAR platform is integrating a variety of security tools to meet an organization’s unique needs – no more siloed products and processes. You can expect integrations for:

  • Cloud Security

  • Email Security

  • IT and Infrastructure

  • Identity and Access Management

  • SIEM & Log Management

  • Threat Intelligence

Integrating tools into a SOAR platform is easy. Select from a library of readily available integrations, and with just a few clicks the tool will be integrated and functional. New integrations are being added regularly, Swimlane offers on-demand integrations available in some SOAR platforms.

5. Easier SOC Reporting

When your SOC team utilizes SOAR, they gain access to automatic, reliable reporting, both with easy-to-configure templates and with custom reports. This speeds up the incident response process by enabling teams to view all relevant data tied to potential breaches as they occur. With most SOAR tools, analysts can schedule automatic reports or pull on-demand reports in seconds. Manually-produced metrics are a thing of the past.

Enable your SOC Team with SOAR

A SOAR platform adapts to fit your people, security processes, and technology. Security teams can handle more alerts faster without adding overhead, and better leverage their expertise to combat advanced threats. Swimlane’s low-code security automation platform is built for cloud-scale and is extensible enough to serve as the system of record for security. Ultimately, all the benefits of SOAR enable your analysts to succeed, proving the value of SecOps investments.

Top 13 Automation Use Cases for Your SOC and Beyond

Did someone say Automation Beyond the SOC? Yes, you heard that right! As attacks become more frequent and sophisticated, security teams require automation to mitigate alerts, unify telemetry sources, and enhance overall SecOps effectiveness. Automating use cases within and beyond the SOC helps organizations keep up with alerts and maximize their return on investment (ROI) for all their security technologies.

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