Security orchestration, automation and response, or SOAR, technologies enable organizations to efficiently observe, understand, decide upon and act on security incidents from a single interface.
Gartner originally came up with the term to describe the convergence of security orchestration and automation, security incident response platforms (SIRP) and threat intelligence platforms (TIPs). The abbreviations can get confusing: You might also see SOAR referred to as SA&O, although a true SOAR platform will go beyond just security automation (SA) and security automation and orchestration (SA&O) by integrating a full-function incident response capability as well.
SOAR is poised to revolutionize security operations, specifically the way security teams manage, analyze and respond to alerts and threats. Without some type of security automation, security analysts end up dealing with a rising number of cyberattacks manually coming from increasingly sophisticated bad actors.
Security analysts are responsible for handling thousands (sometimes even millions) of alerts, meaning they have to decide which alerts to take seriously and act on, and which can be ignored. Incident response and recovery can take days or longer — and that’s if you have an adequate staff of qualified people. Globally, the industry is facing a severe shortage of cybersecurity talent.
In light of these factors, it’s possible that you have a security team suffering from alert fatigue. As a result, they may be missing real threats and making an egregious number of errors as they try to deal with issues quickly and on the fly.
That’s where SOAR comes in. In short, SOAR platforms help to clear out mundane tasks tying up your security administrators’ time using automation, while also offering them orchestration across their security infrastructures to be more productive. It enables them to handle more incidents, investigate the most important issues more deeply, and broadly improve your organization’s overall security posture.
In this article, we’ll explore the various components of SOAR, including security automation and orchestration, along with the differences between them. We’ll also discuss why SOAR is important for enterprises and how you can get the most value from your SOAR solution.