The Most Used Playbook Of 2018series brings you the production playbooks noted by our professional services team as being most utilized and favored by customer SOCs. These playbooks implement best practice workflows for alert handling, alerts investigation, incident response and automation plans.
Security automation means a more efficient SOC, improving the bottom line
The evolving threat landscape just gets more complex and brutal as time goes on. Targeted threats abound as advanced persistent threat campaigns, cyberwarfare, distributed denial of service attacks, and spearphishing. Meanwhile, zero-day vulnerabilities and exploits continue to be frequent occurrences. It’s a hostile cyber world out there, and it’s easy for organizations and enterprises to get overwhelmed. What if there was a solution that could be deployed that could cut down on the tedium that SOC analysts deal with? The right security automation tool can reduce your cases by 80%.
In this era where cyber threats occur rapidly and nonstop, combining incident response and automation is becoming a necessity for enterprises and MSSPs seeking to keep their cyber defenses up around the clock. The following provides an overview covering all you need to know about automated incident response and how it can benefit your organization.
Much has been written about the death of the Tier 1 SOC analyst. To paraphrase Mark Twain, reports of that death are greatly exaggerated. A simple Glassdoor search yields 186 open positions that posted in just the last month. Is one of your open roles on that list?
Automating the triage and incident response for account misuse alerts
Well, here we are. Our fourth and final installment of this blog series on use cases that can benefit most from security automation. In case you've missed the prior posts, we have already covered automating the investigation of and response to phishing, malware and DLP alerts.
Automating triage and incident response of phishing alerts
Security orchestration and automation is an undeniably hot topic. Forrester named it one of the top 10 technology trends to watch in 2018-2020. So, it's clear there are lots of eyes on the space. But as SOC managers start to look at implementing security automation, they often find themselves asking, "where do I start?"
Cybersecurity is full of terms, concepts, buzzwords and jargon that often get misused, overstated or muddled. That’s why, every now and again, we want to help you reground yourself in the true meaning of some of the most prevalent security terminology.
A lot has been said and written about the security talent shortage. A report by Cisco pegged the amount of unfilled cybersecurity jobs in 2019 at 1.5 million. A more recent report by Cybersecurity Ventures estimates 3.5 unfilled positions by 2021. Wherever the truth may lie, one thing is clear - the industry is not manufacturing cybersecurity professionals at a fast enough rate to meet current and future demand, so no one is expecting the security talent landscape to get better anytime soon.
When strategizing about methods of orchestration and automation, the industry often focuses on the needs of the traditional security operations center (SOC). However, coming up with solutions for security orchestration for MSSPs is of equal importance.
For CISOs trying to keep a hold on securing the information and systems of their company, automating their security operations is an absolute must, of course within the context of a broader security orchestration approach.
The demands and challenges within the scope of security operations are quite fierce. The problems plaguing security operations: alert fatigue, too many point solutions, shortage of analysts are well documented, and in many cases getting worse. These challenges are exacerbated with immense pressure driving burnout and high turnover among analysts.
Before an organization can begin to analyze the benefits of security automation, a quick reminder of the threat faced by security breaches is necessary: According to the IBM Security Services 2014 Cyber Intelligence Index Analysis, in the region of 95% of security issues arising in companies and organizations occurred due to human error, and each lost data record cost on average $145 to a company. The report also found that the average company suffered from 91 million security events per year, of which over 100 could be classified as critical.
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