What is Security Orchestration, Automation, and Response (SOAR) and how is it different from SIEM?

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Organizations across the globe face numerous challenges when attempting to protect themselves from cyberattacks. In order to boost their incident detection and response, save manpower and time, more and more entities are now adopting security orchestration, automation and response (SOAR) solutions.

What is SOAR?
Security automation involves ensuring that security operations tasks, such as analyzing vulnerabilities, IOCs, searching for logs, etc., are performed without human intervention - making them autonomous. Meanwhile, security orchestration involves connection disparate security tools and integrating security systems. Security orchestration empowers security automation and streamlines security processes.

Using SOAR solutions, organizations can empower their SecOps teams to achieve more in less time and expending less effort. While SOAR solutions boost security automation process, they also ensure that human decision-making is incorporated when most critical.
What is SIEM?
Security information and event management (SIEM) solutions allow organizations to prioritize threats and manage incidents. SIEM solutions provide visibility into all activities around an organization’s digital assets including its networks, databases and systems.

SIEM solutions are also designed to help entities detect, prioritize and respond to threats by providing actionable intelligence. SIEM helps boost incident and threat investigation and orchestration of security remediation by providing a historical analysis of security events. What is more, SIEM solutions also allow SecOps teams to correlate and analyze security incidents that have occurred at different times and locations.

Different roles but same purpose
In essence, SOAR solutions boost security automation and orchestration processes, while SIEM solutions boost incident investigation and management processes. Both SOAR and SIEM solutions play different but important roles in advancing organizations’ ability to handle threats and their overall security posture.

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