Despite investing in a wide array of cybersecurity tools and the staff required to triage, investigate and resolve security alerts, organizations continue to struggle. Manual incident response processes, insufficient workflows, and difficulty hiring and retaining qualified personnel has left security teams struggling to keep up with an ever-increasing volume of alarms. This is where security automation and orchestration comes in. 

Security automation and orchestration delivers the capability to enact automated network, system and application changes based on data driven security analysis. The role of security automation and orchestration is to remove slow, manual analyst intervention from conventional event and threat response processes and replace it with machine-speed decision making and response. This capability coupled with comprehensive data gathering, standardization, workflow analysis and metrics provides organizations with an unprecedented method to easily implement sophisticated defense-in-depth capabilities based on internal and external data sources, such as threat intelligence.

The difference between security orchestration and automation

Security orchestration is the integration of disparate security tools and platforms to enable automated incident response. Security automation is the ability to execute a sequence of tasks related to a security workflow without human intervention.

Although security automation is possible without security orchestration, on its own it is limited by a lack of context and the necessary workflow steps to validate when action is truly warranted. Without that context and intelligent decision making capability, most organizations are understandably reluctant to adopt security automation on a broad basis. Security orchestration integrates security tools to improve an organization’s security intelligence, and in addition to facilitating automation, it combines dashboards, reports and human collaboration to increase the overall efficiency and efficacy of the SecOps team. With both automation and orchestration, security teams can handle a significantly higher volume of alerts without adding overhead.

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Watch the video below to hear how Swimlane’s Security Automation and Orchestration platform enables security operations teams with machine-speed decision making.

 

Swimlane automates security operations for enterprise teams

Dashboard showing security orchestration and automation features

Swimlane’s Security Automation and Orchestration platform helps SecOps teams manage the growing volume of alerts and incidents more efficiently by automating time-consuming incident response processes. It delivers streamlined security operations by orchestrating security playbooks and executing incident response tasks through two-way integration with a broad range of third-party security platforms. This results in faster mean time to resolution (MTTR) and allows highly skilled security analysts to better leverage their expertise by focusing on combating advanced threats.  

Swimlane automates and orchestrates the incident response process by collecting security alert and event data from virtually any security platform with minimal effort. It automatically centralizes and responds to alerts using automated workflows to reduce mean time to detect and respond. Customizable, KPI-driven dashboards and reports deliver the security intelligence necessary to drive continuous operational improvements and adaptation to new threats.

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