This chapter covered the importance of improving your security strategy and keeping your organization’s security one step ahead of bad actors. We saw how the traditional method of protection is outdated, a perfect scenario for bad actors, and how they can utilize even the most direct attacks to take down organizations.
Throughout the chapter, we also touched base on the state of cybersecurity, how organizations are changing their strategies, and how new tools such as XDR are emerging. Equally, these new tools directly influence SOC teams being overloaded because more tools equal more events, which equals more security incidents. Since there is a significant gap in the market for security experts – and it takes a long time to investigate the share volume of events and incidents manually – there is a need for help.
This is where SOAR jumps in and helps organizations automate everyday tasks. This directly impacts the efficiency of SOC teams, reducing the MTTA and MTTR and overall SOC fatigue. We then introduced simple use cases for SOAR, such as incident enrichment, remediation, or auto-closure. Later in the book, we will use similar cases to go through how to set up automation step by step.
The next chapter will go through some of the most well-known SOAR tools. These solutions are often part of more comprehensive SIEM tools, and we will explain how those SIEM tools were nudged forward as the ruling security solutions. We will go through the main aspects of SOAR, such as incident management, investigation, and automation, and how these features are utilized in the day-to-day activities of SOC teams.