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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

Automating responses to incidents

In organizations, we have multiple teams handling different segments of IT. We have networking departments, system administration, device management teams, and so on. Traditionally, when we have an incident and the SOC needs to isolate a machine or block an IP in the firewall, they would need to raise a ticket in ITSM or send an email request. The department in question then picks this up and acts on it. However, this takes time. An analyst needs to log in to ITSM, open a new ticket, enter all data and a justification in detail, and submit it. Then, the appropriate department needs to verify and act on it, which means they will need to copy the IP or host details, go to the appropriate system, and update it. This adds many unnecessary steps.

With automation, this process can be more efficient. After SOC analysts do their investigation and realize that they need to isolate a machine or block an IP address, they can run a playbook that will perform...