Security Orchestration, Automation and Response (SOAR) Tools

Security Orchestration, Automation and Response (SOAR) Tools Overview

Security, Orchestration, Automation and Response (SOAR) tools are software that automate security workflows or provide instructions (playbooks) for repeatable security operations tasks. These playbooks ensure that response operations remain consistent with policy and are executed with minimal error. In achieving this, SOAR tools include or ingest information from SIEM, security operations analytics tools, and security forensic tools for post-incident analysis and process improvement. Their functionality overlap with Incident Response Platforms, which also provide playbooks for security operations, but with an emphasis on particular rare but damaging cases (i.e. incidents) rather than recurring operations.

SOAR tools have two core functions. The orchestration process takes security data inputs and determines what operations should be activated in response to the data. The actions that the SOAR tool can take are determined by the security systems it’s connected to and how robust an operations playbook the organization/SOC team has provided the system. The automation functionality ensures the appropriate actions taken based on this playbook without requiring SOC team intervention.

Security, orchestration, automation and response tools are most heavily used by large organizations and enterprises. These scaled businesses tend to have a large number of security systems and recurring security actions that need to be taken. SOAR tools centralize the repeatable actions that need to be taken across these disparate systems that would otherwise require manual activities.

SOAR tools provide a range of benefits. The two primary benefits are scalability and analyst productivity. By automating repeatable security actions, a high volume of tasks are taken off SOC teams’ workloads. This reduces human error in remediation efforts and improves Mean-Time-To-Respond (MTTR). SOAR products also improve analyst productivity by allowing analysts to focus on more specialized tasks and value-add activities.

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Security Orchestration, Automation and Response (SOAR) Products

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IBM Security QRadar

IBM Security QRadar is security information and event management (SIEM) Software.

Splunk SOAR
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Splunk now offers a security orchestration, automation, and response (SOAR) platform via its acquisition of Phantom. Splunk Security Orchestration and Automation (Splunk SOAR) provides playbook automation and is available as a standalone solution.

LogRhythm NextGen SIEM Platform

The LogRhythm NextGen SIEM Platform, from LogRhythm in Boulder, Colorado, is security information and event management (SIEM) software which includes SOAR functionality via SmartResponse Automation Plugins (a RespondX feature), the DetectX security analytics module, and AnalytiX…

Key Features

  • Centralized event and log data collection (20)
    85%
    8.5
  • Custom dashboards and workspaces (37)
    77%
    7.7
  • Event and log normalization/management (37)
    72%
    7.2
Qualys Cloud Platform

The Qualys Cloud Platform (formerly Qualysguard), from San Francisco-based Qualys, is network security and vulnerability management software featuring app scanning and security, network device mapping and detection, vulnerability prioritization schedule and remediation, and other…

Palo Alto Networks Cortex XSOAR

Cortex XSOAR, formerly Demisto and now from Palo Alto Networks since it was acquired in March 2019, provides orchestration to enable security teams to ingest alerts across sources and execute standardized, automatable playbooks for accelerated incident response. Its playbooks are…

Rapid7 InsightConnect

Rapid7 offers InsightConnect, a SOAR solution that integrates with existing solutions to orchestrate vulnerability management processes from notification to remediation, so users can ensure critical issues are being addressed with every security advisory that comes in—while leaving…

KnowBe4 PhishER

KnowBe4 offers PhishER as a simple and easy-to-use web-based platform with critical functionality that serves as a phishing emergency room to identify and respond to user-reported messages. With automatic prioritization for emails, PhishER helps InfoSec and Security Operations team…

D3 Security

D3 Security in Vancouver provides a platform for security orchestration, automation, incident response, as well as investigation and case management. Core components of the D3 platform include integrations with SIEM and threat intelligence platforms, a NIST-compliant playbook library,…

Trellix Helix

Trellix Helix (formerly FireEye Helix) is a SIEM solution providing a non-malware threat detection solution.

Ayehu

Ayehu headquartered in San Jose helps IT and Security professionals to identify and resolve critical incidents, simplify complex workflows and maintain greater control over IT infrastructure through automation.

FortiSOAR

CyberSponse was a security orchestration, automation and response (SOAR) solution, now known as FortiSOAR. Fortinet acquired and now supports the solution (December 2019).

Exabeam Fusion

Exabeam headquartered in San Mateo, Exabeam Fusion, a SIEM + XDR. The vendor states the modular Exabeam platform allows analysts to collect unlimited log data, use behavioral analytics to detect attacks, and automate incident response. The Exabeam platform can be deployed on-premise…

IBM Resilient Security Orchestration, Automation and Response (SOAR)

IBM Security Resilient, a Security Orchestration, Automation, and Response (SOAR) platform, which the vendor states is designed to help security teams respond to cyber-threats with confidence, automate with intelligence, and collaborate with consistency. It captures and codifies…

PathLock

Pathlock is an access orchestration solution that supports companies becoming Zero Trust by surfacing violations and taking action to prevent loss. With Pathlock, enterprises can manage all aspects of access governance in a single platform, including user provisioning and temporary…

Siemplify, now part of Google Cloud

Siemplify, part of Google Cloud since the January 2022 acquisition, provides a holistic security operations platform designed to empower security analysts to work smarter and respond faster. Siemplify combines security orchestration and automation with contextual investigation and…

NetWitness Orchestrator

NetWitness Orchestrator provides security orchestration and automation (O&A) to improve a security operations center’s efficiency and effectiveness. Supported by preconfigured and customizable playbooks, NetWitness Orchestrator empowers teams to collaborate and streamlines and automates…

TheHive

TheHive is an open source and free cybersecurity incident response platform.

SIRP

SIRP, from SIRP Labs in London, is described by the vendor as a risk-based security orchestration, automation & response (SOAR) Platform.

ServiceNow Security Operations

Built on the Now Platform, the ServiceNow Security Operations application bundle, available in the Standard, Professional, and Enterprise bundles, supports SecOps with security orchestration, automation and response (SOAR) platform. Higher tier plans integrating ServiceNow's own…

TEHTRIS XDR Platform

TEHTRIS, headquartered in Pessac, offers their eponymous XDR platform, providing the XDR infrastructure to bring together several security solutions within a single platform, capable of detecting and responding to security incidents.

Vulcan Cyber

Vulcan Cyber is a vulnerability remediation orchestration platform that coordinates teams, tools and tasks to successfully eliminate exposure and risk. Vulcan Cyber does this by automating critical vulnerability management tasks. Vulcan's data collection aggregates data from scanning…

ReliaQuest GreyMatter

ReliaQuest offers Open XDR-as-a-Service via ReliaQuest GreyMatter, a cloud-native Open XDR platform that brings together telemetry from any security and business solution—on-premises, in one or multiple clouds--to unify detection, investigation, response and resilience. ReliaQuest…

ThreatConnect SOAR

ThreatConnect, from the company of the same name in Arlington, is described by the vendor as an Intelligence-Driven Security Operations Platform with both Security Orchestration Automation and Response (SOAR) and Threat Intelligence Platform (TIP) capabilities. They state ThreatConnect…

ManageEngine Log360

Log360 is a unified SIEM solution with integrated DLP and CASB capabilities that detects, prioritizes, investigates, and responds to security threats.

ContraForce

ContraForce provides a security management platform for small to medium-sized businesses, designed to help any IT/Security Operator to reach cyber resiliency, without being an expert. ContraForce helps to make cybersecurity easier for users.

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What are Security, Orchestration, Automation and Response (SOAR) Tools?

Security, Orchestration, Automation and Response (SOAR) tools are software that automate security workflows or provide instructions (playbooks) for repeatable security operations tasks. These playbooks ensure that response operations remain consistent with policy and are executed with minimal error. In achieving this, SOAR tools include or ingest information from SIEM, security operations analytics tools, and security forensic tools for post-incident analysis and process improvement. Their functionality overlap with Incident Response Platforms, which also provide playbooks for security operations, but with an emphasis on particular rare but damaging cases (i.e. incidents) rather than recurring operations.

SOAR tools have two core functions. The orchestration process takes security data inputs and determines what operations should be activated in response to the data. The actions that the SOAR tool can take are determined by the security systems it’s connected to and how robust an operations playbook the organization/SOC team has provided the system. The automation functionality ensures the appropriate actions taken based on this playbook without requiring SOC team intervention.

Security, orchestration, automation and response tools are most heavily used by large organizations and enterprises. These scaled businesses tend to have a large number of security systems and recurring security actions that need to be taken. SOAR tools centralize the repeatable actions that need to be taken across these disparate systems that would otherwise require manual activities.

SOAR tools provide a range of benefits. The two primary benefits are scalability and analyst productivity. By automating repeatable security actions, a high volume of tasks are taken off SOC teams’ workloads. This reduces human error in remediation efforts and improves Mean-Time-To-Respond (MTTR). SOAR products also improve analyst productivity by allowing analysts to focus on more specialized tasks and value-add activities.

SOAR vs. SIEM

SOAR and Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) systems are closely related but distinct products at their cores. SIEM systems focus on intaking security data, most commonly in the form of logs, and aggregates or normalizes that data into events. SOAR tools would then take that data and use it to determine what operations, if any, are necessary in response to a given event. The tools serve different functions, but are each necessary for a comprehensive, automated security posture.

Since SOAR relies so heavily on SIEM for usable data, an organization’s SIEM and SOAR should be closely integrated. Some Next-Gen SIEMs also include SOAR capabilities natively, consolidating multiple steps in the security process into a single system. There are also plenty of standalone SOAR tools for organizations looking for a point solution.

SOAR Tools Comparison

When comparing different SOAR tools, consider these factors:

  • Standalone SOAR vs. Security Suite: Does the business need a full suite of security solutions, or just a standalone SOAR product? The latter will suffice if an SIEM and related products are already in place. If businesses are looking for more than a standalone solution, a Next-Generation SIEM may be able to deliver all of the features needed in a single platform.
  • Playbook Management: Consider how easy the operations rules can be established and managed over time. Ongoing maintenance and updates in the face of new policies and data can heavily impact long-term manageability.
  • Reporting: How easily can analysts report on events, data, and results of playbooks operations?

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Security Orchestration, Automation and Response (SOAR) Tools Best Of Awards

The following Security Orchestration, Automation and Response (SOAR) Tools offer award-winning customer relationships, feature sets, and value for price. Learn more about our Summer Best Of Awards methodology here.

Best Of Summer 2022 Awards Winners for the Security Orchestration, Automation and Response (SOAR) category. For Best Relationship, first place is Splunk SOAR. For Best Feature Set, first place is Splunk SOAR.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is security orchestration?

Security orchestration centrally determines what actions need to be taken across multiple security systems in response to a given event.

What is a SOAR system used for?

A SOAR system takes security data and determines what repeatable operations need to be taken in response to a particular security event.

What’s the difference between SOAR and SIEM?

SIEM focuses on collecting and managing security data, while SOAR takes the data output from the SIEM and determines what actions should be taken in response.

Why do I need SOAR?

SOAR is necessary if there are a number of recurring security actions being taken manually that are limiting the SOC team’s productivity and MTTR.