Incident response involves the standardization and implementation of a set of processes, policies, and procedures used to triage and respond to a variety of security incidents. Simply put, incident response is about having a plan in place to identify and deal with cyber threats before they cause greater damage. These threats can take many forms, ranging from malware infections, compromised credentials, or unauthorized access to sophisticated ransomware attacks.
Why traditional incident response fails
While it is essential to create one or more incident response manuals to deal with potential threats, the increasing volume and speed of critical alerts that organizations are tasked with investigating can easily overwhelm even the most critical security professionals. more qualified. With many businesses now handling between 10,000 and 150,000 or more alarms daily, scaling manual processes is next to impossible – and it is impossible to find the time and talent to develop and maintain custom scripts. . That’s why up to 70% of all alarms go uninvestigated at all, leaving businesses at risk for serious attack. The sad truth is that traditional manual effort-based incident response manuals are no longer effective.
The solution: automated incident response manuals
Faced with the challenges of traditional incident response, mature security operations teams now rely on security orchestration, automation and response (SOAR) to effectively manage their security operations. Powerful, low-code SOAR solutions like Swimlane unlock automation beyond SOC by providing a platform that serves as a registration system for the entire security organization. Specifically, automating incident response playbooks allows security teams to streamline alert monitoring and dramatically reduce response times to respond to each alert and reduce exposure to risk. You can learn more about the benefits of Automated Incident Response in our previous article, âAutomated Incident Response: Responding to Every Alertâ.
Get started with automated incident response
To protect your data against security threats, you must have an established plan that can be executed by a robust incident response platform driven by low-code security automation. The first step in this process is the development of an expandable incident response plan that can be used to create a playbook. This plan should include such aspects as: a strategy for the coordination of people, processes and technology; a framework for incident detection and analysis; protocols for containment, eradication and recovery of breaches; and a post-incident action plan. These elements can then be combined to build one or more incident response manuals to address specific threat vectors. Automating phishing analysis and response is often the first playbook that Swimlane customers deploy. They complete this use case within the first 8 hours of onboarding. See how it works:
With one or more incident response playbooks established, now is the time to select a platform that allows you to execute your plan at scale. Such a solution should enable the automation of at least 80-90% of your established incident response process, enabling your security team to sort out alarms more efficiently, respond more quickly to critical events, and integrate and seamlessly leverage your existing security solutions. This allows your organization to extend the capabilities of its existing resources to handle many more threats in the same amount of time.
Here are some examples of some of the tasks that a solution like Swimlane can allow you to automate:
- Review and analysis of threat intelligence sources
- Investigate incidents involving log collection and analysis
- Updating security and support tickets
- Collect key indicators and create reports
- Sending email alerts to affected parties
- Resolve and close alerts
To learn more about the Incident Response Automation process, you should check out our blogs on âHow to Create an Incident Response Manualâ and âManage Security Alerts with an Incident Response Platformâ.
Swimlane’s SOAR and automated low-code incident response platform
Swimlane is at the forefront of the growing demand for powerful SOAR solutions. Its low-code, cloud-scale security automation solution replaces the tedious manual tasks involved in investigating and responding to incidents with machine-speed decision making and resolution to better protect your business. Integrating your people, processes and technology for a cohesive and efficient approach to automated incident response has never been easier. As a result, the world’s largest brands are increasingly turning to Swimlane to meet a wide variety of security operations needs, including alert prioritization automation, threat resolution, orchestration tools, etc., thus improving the performance of the entire organization.
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*** This is a syndicated Security Bloggers Network blog from Swimlane (en-US) written by Mark Beebe. Read the original post at: https://swimlane.com/blog/automating-incidence-response-playbooks/