3 SOAR Best Practices That Will Help You Hunt Breaches

Meta Description: Organizations need a better way to look at and act on the information they collect from their logs and SIEMs. They are striving to keep up with the current threat landscape with too many manual processes while struggling with a lack of resources, skills, and budgets. Security and risk management leaders should determine which SOAR tools improve security operations efficiency, quality and efficacy.

In a world of mounting cyber attacks, organizations have more opportunities than ever to understand their adversaries and protect themselves. However, companies still struggle with a uniform lack of the skills, resources, and budgets necessary to enact relevant security policy. Because skilled attackers can constantly pivot the mode and intensity of their attacks, security operations centers (SOCs) are often required to utilize small teams to deploy manual responses that can mimic the approach of their threat. This can often impact their ability to respond to the high volume of security concerns they encounter each day.

With proper security orchestration automated response (SOAR) practices, security teams can leverage simple and effective threat responses by enmeshing technology and processes. Orchestrated threat responses enable teams to automate a series of contextual cybersecurity tasks reserving the majority of their resources for serious threat concerns. Developing the best SOAR processes can improve response times, maintain consistent workflows, and prioritize security concerns clearly.

Whether you’re developing new policy or reconfiguring your efforts, try any of our SOAR best practices for better results:

Take advantage of current security data

Efficient SOAR practices decide when to automate operations, not whether you have the ability to. Security teams can turn to systems and data already available to them to determine the best course of action when building orchestration policy. Utilizing the wealth of information provided to you via security information and event management (SIEM) systems is an excellent first step. Because SIEM systems can compile and analyze relevant security data from multiple sources, it can offer insight into common threat concerns that might benefit from security orchestration.

If you don’t have SIEM policy in place, try incorporating one of the many tools available on the market. Digital products like IBM Security QRadar or Micro Focus ArcSight offer built-in tools that can integrate with related enterprise security controls, employ artificial intelligence, and deliver detailed reports on harmful activities.

Build a team

Ideally, your entire cybersecurity team should be aware of or involved in developing SOAR policy or maintaining related tools. However, it may be more feasible to dedicate a small fraction of your team to leveraging your security automation efforts. A focused SOAR team can build policy that best delegates important roles and solutions, aggregates necessary information and capital, and identifies the preferred outcome of your security orchestration. Use your SOAR team to document and review your security automation policy for simplicity and efficiency.

Optimize your security operations automation

Whether alone or in a team, you must determine each step of your security operations process. Upon specifying which tasks to automate, detail critical factors that can impact how, when, and to what effect your automation is leveraged. Seek to understand all of the possible outcomes of your automated tasks. Select your preferred outcome. Determine how to achieve your outcome with the least amount of steps possible. Outline alternate steps or course of actions, and specify when best to escalate the task to your team.

By compiling and optimizing your digital and human resources, you can easily take advantage of the benefits of SOAR. Automating some security operation tasks, while time-dependent, can offer a significant improvement in threat response capability.


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