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Elastic revised its automation and feedback framework with Security Orchestration, Automation and Response (SOAR). The release of Elastic Security 8.4 should optimize data analysis through new integrations with the systems of Elastic’s partners.

Security experts spend large amounts of time performing unproductive manual tasks. Some researchers estimate that more than half of security professionals at major corporations spend at least one-third of their day on security updates. Addressing these security updates manually wastes many hours.

Technology is increasingly being used to automate manual processes and spend as much time as possible on productive tasks, allowing defense personnel to focus on more valuable tasks.

SIEM provider Elastic recently announced Elastic Security 8.4. The update includes native security, orchestration, automation and response (SOAR) capabilities. Elastic also developed partner integrations to speed up the workflows of security operations centers (SOCs) and help analysts.

The solution secures environments through the Elastic Agent and offers remediation and response features for all users. Elastic also provides adjustable alerts and integrations into other SOAR products, allowing customers to deploy SOAR without requiring additional solutions.

The challenges of modern Security Operations Centers

In the modern era, SOCs face several challenges. As resources are scarce, security personnel are increasingly concerned with the accessibility and effectiveness of security services.

Furthermore, with the increase in data, the security team’s responsibility grows. Team members become responsible for securing larger environments as well as assessing the risk of additional software solutions and other supporting activities.

To deal with these issues, many institutions have started to bring together teams with common goals to exchange industry standards and minimize the skills mismatch.

The significance of SOAR for security personnel

According to Gartner, SOAR platforms incorporate emergency response, coordination, automation, and advanced threat systems management in a single workable approach.

SOAR provides significant operational benefits, such as time savings through feedback, the elimination of data warehouses and the limitation of false alarms.

Moreover, SOAR integrates security solutions and cyber threat systems to organize and optimize incident management and threat detection processes across multiple workgroups.

Key takeaways

Security management and crisis response teams have relied on safe, reliable automation and response frameworks for decades. Without an effective SOAR operating system, the SOC team will struggle to manage all of its automation tools, standard operating procedures, system integration and cyber threats. With the right SOAR option, safety teams can drastically improve alerts, advancements, response, and research.