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Security Orchestration, Automation, and Response for Security Analysts

By : Benjamin Kovacevic
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Security Orchestration, Automation, and Response for Security Analysts

By: Benjamin Kovacevic

Overview of this book

What your journey will look like With the help of this expert-led book, you’ll become well versed with SOAR, acquire new skills, and make your organization's security posture more robust. You’ll start with a refresher on the importance of understanding cyber security, diving into why traditional tools are no longer helpful and how SOAR can help. Next, you’ll learn how SOAR works and what its benefits are, including optimized threat intelligence, incident response, and utilizing threat hunting in investigations. You’ll also get to grips with advanced automated scenarios and explore useful tools such as Microsoft Sentinel, Splunk SOAR, and Google Chronicle SOAR. The final portion of this book will guide you through best practices and case studies that you can implement in real-world scenarios. By the end of this book, you will be able to successfully automate security tasks, overcome challenges, and stay ahead of threats.
Table of Contents (14 chapters)
Part 1: Intro to SOAR and Its Elements
Part 2: SOAR Tools and Automation Hands-On Examples

Responding to Incidents Using Automation

In the previous chapter, we focused on incident management using automation.

The first hands-on example was to auto-close an incident with no analyst interaction. We utilized the watchlist feature in Microsoft Sentinel, where we stored our allowed IP address and compared it with IPs involved in the incident. Based on the result, we auto-closed the incident or left a comment stating that the IP was not on the watchlist.

The second example expanded on the first example. As incidents can have more than one IP, we utilized an approval email action to ask analysts whether the incident should be auto-closed or whether a further investigation would be needed.

The final example used the automation rule to auto-close incidents on incident creation if an IP matches our specific IP. One example of using automation could be to auto-close incidents during penetration testing when the SOC is not a part of it.

This chapter will focus on how to...