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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

Microsoft Sentinel SOAR

Microsoft Sentinel is a cloud-native SIEM and SOAR solution. It utilizes the power of Microsoft Azure to scale SIEM/SOAR demands, even for the biggest customers. Microsoft Sentinel collects data from various systems such as first-party Microsoft solutions, Syslog, Common Event Forwarding (CEF), and Application Programming Interfaces (APIs). All the data collected is stored in a Microsoft Azure solution called Log Analytics Workspace (LAW). Microsoft Sentinel is enabled on top of LAW and is directly connected to it via a relationship – Microsoft Sentinel can be connected to only one LAW, and vice versa.

Microsoft Sentinel utilizes incidents and alerts for detection. Incidents are the primary investigation mechanism, while alerts can be seen as evidence that some incident has happened. One incident can contain between 1 and 150 alerts. The detection mechanisms in Microsoft Sentinel are as follows:

  • Scheduled analytic rules: These are written...