SOAR BUSINESS CHALLENGE
Network and defense analysts are facing increasing numbers of cyber security alerts and, as a result of fielding those alerts, burnout. Dark Reading reported that the average security operations center (SOC) receives 10,000 alerts each day from layer upon layer of monitoring and detection products. While the cyber threat landscape is marked by an upward-trending number of actors, network, and defense analysts must also contend with ever-increasing numbers of false positives (sometimes at rates as high as 80 percent). Due to resource constraints on already overwhelmed analysts, many alerts are ignored, and, according to a recent report, less than 10 percent of alerts are actively investigated.
CRITICAL SOAR CAPABILITIES
- Automate and Orchestrate Responses Based on Risk
Gurucul enterprise-risk engine generates risk scores are applied to both individual response actions as well as with the overall playbook generated to give customers the confidence to seamlessly automate highly-targeted remediation actions with the goal of ensuring maximum availability.
- Customize Incident Response Playbooks
Gurucul SOAR includes hundreds of dynamic playbooks that adapt to the customer’s environment based on our analytics, trained machine learning (ML), and risk engine to ensure a high-fidelity prioritized set of responses that minimizes disruption. Our customers can even customize existing or create their own playbooks using Gurucul Studio.
- Deploy Configurable Workflows
Responses and remediation can be automated through the organization’s IT/security stack – ticketing, authentication systems, network, system, and endpoint defenses. Automated reactions are tailored to risk and can range from simply submitting a ticket, to completely isolating and quarantining the risky entity, whether they are a user, a host, a system, or other asset in the environment.
- Automate Even Faster with Included Case Management
If needed, Gurucul includes a comprehensive case management capability that leverages automated incident timelines that create smart links of the entire attack lifecycle for pre- and post-incident analysis, grouping alerts from related transactions into a single case. Cases can be reassigned, closed as risk accepted, or sent for model review feedback. Case management has RBAC and privacy capabilities allowing cross-functional teams to collaborate easily.
- Leverage 3rd Party Integrations
Gurucul provides seamless integration with hundreds of downstream cyber security solutions out-of-the-box. This lets the SOAR trigger appropriate risk remediation actions on-premises or in the cloud using your existing cyber security solutions. Gurucul also supports integration with a huge number of third-party tools to facilitate end-to-end incident management.
SOAR SECURITY KEY BENEFITS
Increase efficiency and significantly reduce incident response times for the Security Operations Team:
- Prioritize response actions automatically tailored to your specific environment or through fully customizable playbooks
- Create high-fidelity targeted response that minimizes disruption to IT operations
- Automate gathering relevant context and analysis for validation
- Leverage included contextual case management or integrate seamlessly with existing case management
- Enhance collaboration across your organization to remediate threats through shared context and concise recommended responses
No other vendor offers a risk-driven approach to SOAR. Gurucul leverages its enterprise risk scoring engine to codify and risk-rank threats from 1 to 100.
Gurucul generates this unified risk score for every user and entity for which anomalies are triggered. The risk scores along with anomaly metadata like resource and event are then used to trigger appropriate remediation action per the response playbook.
In addition, Gurucul supports API based integration with preventative security solutions to block, disable or isolate risky users and entities to minimize the risk.
TOP SOAR USE CASES
Contextual Threat Hunting
Gathering contextual information across security and non-security telemetry and matching that data against indicators of compromise (IoCs) is critical for being able to formulate an active response. However, this is typically a manual process, especially when traditional SIEMs and other XDRs, unlike Gurucul, have inherent limitations in their data ingestion and analytics. Gurucul improves threat hunting by automating the collection and correlation of analyzed events, linking those events to formulate the scope of the attack campaign, and applying a risk score to help prioritize the results.
Containment of Malware Infections
With Gurucul’s out-of-the-box included threat content and endpoint, network, IoT, identity, cloud analytics along with user and entity behavioral analytics, we can detect a threat immediately. As Gurucul identifies the attack campaign, we can provide an understanding of how malware infections are attempting to spread across endpoints, applications, and network devices. Through that determination, we can provide recommendations and fine grain controls for autogenerated playbooks to automatically quarantine users, endpoints, network segments and temporarily limit access privileges to prevent the spread and further infection and give security time to remediate the attack.
As Gurucul identifies risks through our enterprise risk engine, we can also pull in vulnerability and threat intelligence data. This allows us to align patching and remediation efforts with active threats. Through this additional context we can create more elaborate and targeted playbooks that have prioritized actions, such as patching certain critical or high-risk systems first. This can help the security team remove portions of the attack campaign from continuing to execute or do damage. Once these actions are done, the organization is then protected from potential follow-on attacks and certain variants that continue to exploit unpatched vulnerabilities.
Automating Incident Response
The ability to not just detect threats, but also respond to threats rapidly is critical to prevent damage. Even worse is that threat actors often know when they have been detected, but this only causes them to accelerate their efforts in hopes of stealing data, executing ransomware or disrupting availability before security teams can execute a response plan. Gurucul SOAR, through the creation of contextual and risk-driven playbooks, enables security teams to automate response actions. The sooner this can be done, the sooner in the attack kill chain can a threat actor be stopped. SOAR can reduce MTTR for common security threats, such as phishing, malware, denial of service, web defacement and ransomware to minutes or hours versus days, weeks or months.
What is a SOAR playbook in cyber security?
SOAR (Security Orchestration, Automation, and Response) playbook in cybersecurity refers to a predefined set of actions and automated workflows designed to guide security analysts and incident response teams in handling and responding to security incidents or events. SOAR playbooks provide a structured approach to incident response by automating repetitive tasks, orchestrating different security tools and technologies, and streamlining the incident handling process.
By leveraging SOAR playbooks, organizations can achieve faster response times, consistent incident handling, reduced human error, and improved overall efficiency in their cybersecurity operations. The automation and orchestration capabilities of SOAR playbooks enable security teams to handle a higher volume of incidents, focus on more complex tasks, and accelerate incident response, ultimately enhancing the organization’s overall security posture.
What is SOAR vs XDR?
SOAR (Security Orchestration, Automation, and Response) and XDR (Extended Detection and Response) are both cybersecurity products that aim to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of security operations, but they focus on different aspects of the security landscape.
SOAR focuses on streamlining and automating security operations by integrating various security tools and technologies, orchestrating workflows, and automating repetitive tasks. SOAR platforms help security teams coordinate incident response efforts, automate incident handling processes, and improve overall efficiency.
XDR, on the other hand, combines multiple security capabilities to detect, investigate, and respond to threats across different endpoints, networks, and cloud environments. XDR focuses on advanced threat detection and response by aggregating and correlating security data from various sources to provide broader visibility and context.