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Using security orchestration, automation and response for improved cyber threat intelligence

Gartner defines threat intelligence as “evidence-based knowledge, including context, mechanisms, indicators, implications and actionable advice, about an existing or emerging menace or hazard to assets that can be used to inform decisions regarding the subject’s response to that menace or hazard.”

Compiling and using cyber threat intelligence data is key for staying ahead of new threats. Analyzing indicators of compromise (IOCs) allow organizations to preemptively up their defenses based on the latest trends and evolutions of cyber threats. However, it can be challenging to leverage comprehensive data throughout a security infrastructure effectively, making the process inefficient and time consuming.

Problem: Current cyber threat intelligence analysis processes are inefficient

While there are tools that help organizations improve their cyber threat intelligence, the ever-changing landscape of the threat environment requires organizations to regularly update their systems. To stay vigilant, threat intelligence feeds must have the latest IOCs, and manually ensuring accurate validation of security alarms against the latest IOCs is a time-consuming, inefficient process.

What's more, disparate systems require security analysts to jump from platform to platform to gather all the information they need to appropriately handle threats. When done manually, analysts:

  • Receive an alert
  • Check cyber threat intelligence feeds
  • Compile threat information
  • Make a decision
  • Submit network change requests

By the time an analyst has complete these tedious required steps, a malicious actor already could have gathered all the information needed and breached the system.

Solution: Use SOAR to optimize incident response

Organizations can improve cybersecurity processes by automating time-consuming, manual tasks using security orchestration, automation and response (SOAR) solutions. SOAR ensures the security infrastructure is leveraging the most current threat intelligence data at all times. By operating with an accurate, up-to-date understanding of IOCs, security teams can respond to real threats faster, signficantly reducing mean time to resolution (MTTR) and minimizing rise.

Using SOAR for improved threat intelligence, organizations can:

  • Standardize security investigations and processes for improved efficiency
  • Consolidate all relevant security information into customizable dashboards
  • Automate redundant and tedious investigation steps
  • Improve collaboration
  • Prioritize alerts
  • Increase situational awareness
  • Optimize attack chain reponse
  • Gain a broader understanding of threat intelligence

With faster incident response times, improved efficiency and optimized security processes, organizations can be confident their SecOps teams will stop real threats before they cause harm, rather than being bogged down with tedious manual tasks.

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