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Security Orchestration, Automation, and Response for Security Analysts

By : Benjamin Kovacevic
Book Image

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

Why should you use automation for incident enrichment?

When a new incident/case is detected, we first need to triage to check whether it is a true or false positive. In many cases, there are usually steps that SOC analysts perform when investigating new incidents. One example is if there is an IP address involved in the incident, SOC analysts will go to the Threat Intelligence blade to see whether it is malicious, or to external products such as VirusTotal or Microsoft Defender Threat Intelligence (MDTI), also known as RiskIQ. This takes SOC analysts’ time, and they need to do it every time there is an IP involved in an incident, or more than one IP, which can take a few minutes for each incident. With the number of incidents increasing daily, this can mean hours lost in the SOC every day.

But what if we can perform that step even before SOC analysts pick up the incident for investigation?

This is done by creating a playbook that will run on incident/alert creation and...