Investing in a security orchestration and response (SOAR) platform is a wise and highly strategic decision. Choosing the right platform to build your security operation center (SOC) on is arguably more important than choosing any point security product. The SOAR platform you choose will become a central part of your security infrastructure, effectively acting as the operating system for your security investments.
SOAR platforms produce a number of economic benefits in addition to helping your SOC team work more efficiently. This white paper aims to quantify those benefits by outlining a methodology to estimate your return on investment (ROI) from investing in a security orchestration and response platform.
Why Are Security Orchestration and Response (SOAR) Platforms Needed?
Your security team is hard at work on the front lines: identifying, analyzing and mitigating the threats facing your organization. Despite its best efforts, however, the team’s alert and case backlog likely grows larger every day. The reality is that there simply aren’t enough skilled professionals to analyze the volume of alerts that most organizations face daily.
Compounding security teams’ challenges is the reality that the complexity of our IT environments continues to increase. This is true for security as well; we’ve now been deploying point security products for over three decades. In fact, research shows that there are more than 1,500 vendors selling security products and services today.
Another grim fact is that most security products lack interoperability, leading to a horde of independent solutions that require a room full of people just to maintain them. Despite bundled offerings from some of the largest security vendors, many organizations still prefer to buy best of breed — and for good reason. The end result is a heterogeneous collection of individual security products with no interconnectivity or ability to function as a single unified defense platform.
What Are the Benefits of Security Orchestration and Response?
Security Orchestration and Response (SOAR) platforms help you work smarter by automating repetitive tasks, multiplying your team’s efforts and allowing it to focus its attention on the mission-critical decisions that require its talents. The platforms can:
- Automatically triage events to eliminate noise from your workload
- Pre-fetch threat intelligence to support your decision making
- Orchestrate complex workflows to improve efficiency and precision
SOAR platforms also help you respond faster and reduce dwell times with automated detection, investigation and response. They help you:
- Execute actions in seconds instead of minutes, hours or more if performed manually
- Create complex workflows using security-specific actions that apply to multiple security products
- Build playbooks quickly and without coding using a visual playbook editor
Security orchestration and response (SOAR) platforms have become the force multiplier needed to unlock the full power of an organization’s security investment by helping security teams focus on innovation rather than mundane tasks.
Read this white paper to measure the ROI of SOAR. Inside, researchers examine:
- Key threat & security use cases
- Enterprise Management Associates’ findings
- 7 comprehensive security features of SOAR