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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

Understanding threat hunting

Because of many factors present in the cybersecurity space, as we mentioned in Chapter 1 (not enough cybersecurity experts, expensive and hard to hire, and so on), many organizations are either not performing threat hunting or are doing it sporadically. SOCs are focusing more on Tiers 1 and 2 and detection tools for investigation.

But isn’t that why we are paying for security tools?

Yes, security tools can be improved significantly by adding AI and ML capabilities, merging security products that cover different spaces into one (as we mentioned, XDR), and many more great examples. But bad actors are always searching for ways to penetrate, so security tools see it as an expected behavior or action.

This is where threat hunters come into play. As we mentioned, they are experienced security professionals, and their main job is to keep up with the latest security trends and keep up with bad actors. With this, they can hunt for specific data...