The State of SOAR 2019: How using SOAR tools makes life easier

Trends and predictions season is upon us. What are going to be the biggest threats of 2020? What are going to be the hot new cybersecurity use cases of 2020? It won’t take you long to find many answers to these and a bevy of other hot takes for the year ahead.

As you’re navigating through trends and predictions for 2020, we thought it would be helpful to take a quick look back and assess the present.

Security orchestration, automation and response (SOAR) has come a long way since the automation and orchestration technology first hit the cybersecurity scene. As security operations centers (SOCs) continue to make SOAR work for them and their unique security infrastructures, the industry has learned SOAR use cases are virtually limitless, and many agree “any organization that hasn’t automated is putting itself at a serious disadvantage” (EMA 2).

So, who is leveraging security automation, and how are they doing it?

Earlier in 2019, Enterprise Management Associates (EMA) surveyed 250 technology professionals from IT and security across North America. Survey respondents range from companies of 500 to more than 5,000 and represent organizations from finance, banking and insurance; manufacturing; technology; government and nonprofits; and infrastructure services. Here are the three main takeaways from their findings:

  1. SOAR improves efficiency and productivity across the organization’s technology infrastructure.
  2. SOAR helps organizations achieve more with less while empowering individual personnel to level-up their performance.
  3. SOAR use cases and integrations can suit any organization’s security or IT workflows.

Statistics supporting these takeaways are staggering, including enterprises that saw over 90 percent productivity improvements after implementing SOAR.

Implementing SOAR can also empower current personnel to level-up their performance. According to the report, more than 65% of respondents said their perception of personnel performance increased by at least one level. This occurs because of the vast efficiency improvements that stem from automating data gathering and other menial tasks. Instead of searching for the information necessary to triage a complex use case, analysts are automatically given the information they need and then empowered to make decisions with that information immediately.

If you want to know how you can start empowering your own SOC, download the SOAR report now.


*** This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog from Swimlane authored by Ellyn Kirtley. Read the original post at: https://swimlane.com/blog/state-of-soar-2019/