5 Ways SOAR Improves The Role of DFIR in Cyber Security

The implementation of Digital Forensics and Incident Response (DFIR) is considered as one of the main priorities among SOCs, CSIRTs, law enforcement, and enterprises. But, as the threat landscape continues to evolve, DFIR needs to crank it up a notch in order to stop persistently evolving cyber attacks.

To understand why DFIR needs to be improved with other security-enhancing technologies such as SOAR, you need to understand the way that these two technologies complement one another. Then, you’ll be able to comprehend the vast benefits that can arise from the convergence of DFIR and SOAR.

The role of DFIR in cyber security

In layman’s terms, DFIR represents a division of computer forensics that analyzes the components of a certain organization with the goal of determining whether illegal actions, data breaches, or other types of cyber attacks have been taken.

Computer forensics allows security professionals to pinpoint the nature of cyber attacks in great detail (whether it is the case of malware, phishing, data leakage, etc.).

On the other hand, incident response in digital forensics is deemed as the computer security component incorporated in your organization’s response to any type of illegal activity.

Basically, computer forensics is the procedure in which experts collect data regarding an incident, and incident response is the action taken following an illegal activity.

Ultimately, DFIR solutions can help SOCs, CSIRTs, and law enforcement teams in different ways:

  • Data acquisition regarding various sources, devices, and systems
  • Investigative capabilities
  • System transparency
  • Thorough incident reports
  • Collecting artifacts
  • Enhanced visibility in SecOps actions and administrative processes

The goal of implementing a DFIR plan into conventional SecOps is to increase the speed, accuracy, and efficiency of tackling cyber attacks as they arrive in real-time.

The philosophy proposed by DFIR offers security professionals a thoroughly comprehensive solution to cover most of their vulnerabilities spanning across endpoint devices, cloud services, platform technologies, data storages, etc.

The role of SOAR in cyber security

While DFIR is particularly devoted to digital forensics and incident response, SOAR holds a different role.

SOAR stands for Security Orchestration, Automation and Response. The term SOAR was coined by Gartner in 2017, and while SOAR differs from other security technologies in many ways, the most distinctive thing that makes SOAR unique is its ability to utilize machine learning and progressive automation and become autonomous in incident response.

SOAR makes the job easier for security professionals by using automation to automate entire SecOps lifecycles with or without the supervision of security professionals. SOAR also recognizes false positives, which is a highly valued feature among security professionals. 

Ultimately, the presence of SOAR enhances the efficiency of a SOC, boosts threat hunting capabilities, and improves the functionality of other technologies, such as SIEM, for instance. Due to its force-multiplying nature, SOAR allows other technologies to flourish and boosts their capabilities without disrupting their conventional workflow processes.

Why does DFIR need the help of SOAR?

DFIR compiles and applies the best practices to investigate attacks with the goal of decomposing the incident, collecting valuable data regarding the nature of the incident, and making sure the evidence extracted from the incident is admissible in a court of law if need be.

While DFIR teams abide by detailed steps and guidelines for each type of incident with the goal of achieving the optimal speed of incident remediation, when it comes to creating a perfect incident response plan, there’s still room for improvement.

Placing a DFIR plan alone isn’t enough to ensure optimal efficiency in incident prevention and remediation. Today’s evolved cyber attacks have made sure of that.

Cyber attacks are becoming faster, more sophisticated, and more unpredictable with each passing day. Which is why DFIR needs to operate at the highest level possible. And that can only be done if DFIR is supported with a security-enhancing technology – SOAR. 

5 ways SOAR improves the functionality of DFIR

Digital Forensics and Incident Response solutions offer a set of meticulously laid out steps that cover everything from legally depicting the incident response to casting an actionable response to the incident.

However, there are areas in the DFIR strategy that can and must be improved SOAR solutions such as IncMan DFIR, which are particularly crafted to compensate for the deficiencies of DFIR solutions:

  • Automating digital forensics: By applying automation into your incident response plans, SOAR allows DFIR teams to gain more consistency in actions, increase speed and accuracy in incident detection, and enhance the process of collecting data overall.
  • Support complex incidents: SOAR provides DFIR teams with instant access to a comprehensive knowledge base and advanced case management functionality. This allows DFIR teams to speed up the process of performing incident response, collecting evidence, and recording the full incident life-cycle.
  • Securing “Cloud” premises: Many companies are starting to shift to cloud, whether partially or fully. And for companies that operate on cloud, agility is of the essence. In this regard, DFIR solutions need cloud-adjusted SOAR technologies to ensure maximum efficiency in finding artifacts and managing threats.
  • Orchestrate entire incident and investigation lifecycles: By using automation, threat intelligence gathering, context enrichment, risk assessment, and threat containment SOAR helps DFIR teams to orchestrate entire incident lifecycles. This will ultimately help DFIR teams better track, predict, and respond to potential cyber security incidents. 
  • Advanced incident reporting and categorization: IncMan DFIR’s user-friendly platform provides DFIR teams to have access to advanced reporting. By generating key metrics and customized KPI reports, IncMan DFIR utilizes a correlation engine which aggregates all relevant IOCs and artifacts.

Bottom line is, while DFIR allows you to establish the perfect incident response plans, SOAR makes sure those plans are performed at an optimal level.

Ultimately, by bringing SOAR into the equation, your DFIR team will be able to reduce human error, improve incident response time, minimize the damage caused by incidents and improve the productivity of the entire team overall.

Find out more about how our very own version of IncMan SOAR specifically crafted for the needs of DFIR solutions – IncMan DFIR –  can help your DFIR team reach a new level of efficiency and productivity while leaving the integrity of your conventional workflow intact.

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