Security symphony against hackers | Pentest7

Individual security tools are no longer sufficient against the diverse threats in the network. It comes down to carefully coordinating the components of a security strategy, explains Tim Bandos, Chief Information Security Officer at Digital Guardian, in a guest post.

The security situation has changed dramatically in recent years. There was a time when IT teams viewed it as bad practice to have two separate antivirus programs running on the same device. Today, most IT teams use multiple security tools and solutions at the same time. However, there is a need for a technology that can combine the protection and security functions of these tools. This is where security orchestration comes into play: This means that all security solutions can be integrated into one system in order to simplify administration and increase the efficiency of the individual components. The following is an overview of how this technology works as well as best practices for selecting a suitable security orchestration solution.

How Security Orchestration Works

With the help of security orchestration, companies can optimize their incident response measures for cyber threats by replacing slow and manual processes with fast and machine-controlled techniques.
For example, an employee reports a supposedly malicious link to the Security Operations Center (SOC). The analysts verify the link by either checking its URL reputation or running it in a sandbox. If it is vicious, it will be destroyed. All of these processes can be done manually for a link. But when a company is dealing with thousands of links every day (including those coming in via email), even with a large security team, a manual process is impractical. Security Orchestration can automate this process.

Benefits of security orchestration

Here’s a look at the key benefits organizations can get from implementing security orchestration:

1. Rationalization of IT processes

Managing a company’s security systems is often a challenge for IT teams. With tools for security orchestration you can connect the different systems and tools with each other and automate repetitive processes.

2. Responding to data breaches

In addition, companies can not only automate the security processes, but also receive a first line of defense in the event of a cyber attack. Because with automated routine investigation processes, security breaches can be detected more quickly and with greater accuracy. In addition, in the event of a breach, the right action can be taken and data correlated to identify patterns and suspicious activity.

3. Increase in efficiency

Security orchestration can also increase employee efficiency. Using this technology, security teams get information faster and can fix problems and vulnerabilities more quickly. In addition, bugs can be automatically detected and corrected based on previous problems.

In addition to the three main benefits mentioned above, there are many more, such as:

• Automation of malware analysis
• Automation of threat searches
• Automation of IOC enrichment
• Automation of VPN-Exams
• Automate the assignment of severity levels to incidents
• Responding to phishing attempts
• Automation of vulnerability management

Best practices for choosing the right security orchestration solution

Companies should consider the following key points when evaluating security orchestration solutions:

• Scalability: As the company grows, so should its security solutions. Therefore, a scalable security orchestration solution should be used.
• User friendliness: Searching through large logs can be time consuming for security teams. The data should therefore be arranged in such a way that they give a good overall overview, but also allow a deeper insight if necessary.
• Versatility: The solution should support the operating system (s) and programs used by the company. It should also be able to work with all security software used.
• Conformity: The solution should meet the standards and regulations that the company must adhere to.
• Reaction time: The software should enable IT teams to react quickly to threats.
• Analysis functions in real time: It is best for companies to use software that enables real-time activity so that the security team always knows what is happening at the moment.
• Indicators for threat analysis: The solution should also make it possible to quickly identify whether there is a threat to data security.
• Availability: While cloud-based platforms are easier to scale, some companies prefer full control of the environment and therefore opt for on-premises solutions.

As more and more companies rely on a variety of tools and technologies to protect their sensitive data, security orchestration is an essential measure to optimize security management and maintain a robust security situation. Because it ensures that all security solutions used work together without hindering the processes of the others, and it guarantees efficient workflows for the security team.

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