- Improved efficiency: SOAR platforms can automate repetitive tasks and workflows, reducing the workload on security analysts and allowing them to focus on activities that provide more value.
- Enhanced accuracy: The automation and orchestration capabilities of SOAR platforms can decrease human error and increase the precision of security operations.
- Faster response times: SOAR platforms can reduce incident response times by automating and orchestrating response actions.
- Improved visibility: By integrating with existing security tools, SOAR platforms can provide a comprehensive view of security operations across the organization.
- Better compliance management: SOAR platforms can help organizations comply with regulations by automating compliance workflows and providing audit trails.
Reasons for SOAR Failure
- Poor data quality: SOAR platforms depend on accurate and up-to-date data to be effective. Low-quality data can result in incomplete or incorrect security workflows.
- Lack of integration: Successful SOAR implementations require integration with existing security tools. Without proper integration, the platform may not be able to automate and orchestrate security workflows.
- Undefined processes and workflows: SOAR platforms are designed to automate and orchestrate existing security processes and workflows. Processes that are undefined or poorly documented can make it challenging to implement and utilize the platform.
- Insufficient resources: Successful SOAR implementations require skilled security analysts, access to high-quality data, and support from executives. A lack of resources in any of these areas can lead to SOAR implementation failure.
- Lack of organizational buy-in: SOAR platforms require collaboration and buy-in from all areas of the organization to be effective. Without support from key stakeholders, successful SOAR implementation can be hindered.
Care to Take While Implementing SOAR
- Identify use cases: Define specific use cases and workflows that can be automated and orchestrated using the SOAR platform.
- Integrate existing tools: Ensure proper integration with existing security tools to enable the automation and orchestration of security operations workflows.
- Define processes and workflows: Well-defined and documented processes and workflows are necessary for effective SOAR implementation.
- Plan for resources: Plan for the necessary resources, including skilled security analysts, access to high-quality data, and executive support, to ensure successful SOAR implementation and maintenance.
- Continuously evaluate and optimize: Continuously evaluate the effectiveness of the SOAR platform and optimize workflows to ensure that it is meeting the organization’s security needs.
All of the above can be converted into one workstream while implementing SOAR in your organization.