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If 2020 has taught us anything, it's that cyber attacks are unfortunately on the rise with hackers using more and more sophisticated approaches. 

This rise in attacks combined with a global skills shortage and the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on budgets and recruitment freezes, has left IT and security teams playing catch up more than ever. We have spent the last 6 months looking at how we can use automation to help our customers overcome these challenges.

Automation has become a key element for bad actors when attacking their targets, not just the use of the CPU power available in the cloud to attack, but amending the attacks constantly to try and find the gaps in your defence. Organisations must now examine how they can defend against these attacks, first making sure they have visibility of the threat but then how they can automate their response to these attacks to keep their users and data safe from compromise.

One of the challenges we see in almost every company is a lack of the required resources to fight these automated attacks. It's estimated that depending on the size of the organisation, a company can be using between 15 and 130 cyber security tools to protect themselves. No one has the time or resource to look through the millions of logs generated each day by these tools. Having visibility of these threats in a single pane of glass such as a SIEM is a key part of our recommended cyber security strategy for our customers, SOAR (Security Orchestration and Automated Response) is the way to automate your defence against the attacks.

Gartner’s definition of SOAR refers to technologies that enable organisations to collect inputs monitored by the security operations team. For example, alerts from the SIEM system and other security technologies — where incident analysis and triage can be performed by leveraging a combination of human and machine power — help define, prioritise and drive standardised incident response activities. SOAR tools allow an organisation to define incident analysis and response procedures in a digital workflow format.

SOAR has long been viewed as tool only available to the largest enterprise organisations due to cost but we have been developing a proposition for the UK mid-market and enterprise to help our customers to defend against the evolving threat landscape. This proposition will enable our customers to use defined playbooks integrated across our cyber security technology stack to automate response to cyber threats identified by their SIEM. This will streamline triage of these incidents and shorten time to respond thus decreasing the likelihood of a successful cyber attack.

2021 is going to be the year we use SOAR to fight back against the ever evolving automated threats, please get in touch if you would like to know more about our proposition.

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