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Incident Response Orchestration Explained

Incident Response Orchestration ExplainedToday’s threat landscape is becoming more like a battlefield for businesses. Cyber criminals are becoming savvier and more relentless in their pursuit of network access and sensitive data. As such, organizations must leverage the advanced technologies that are available to them to create a stronger defense and combat attacks at the earliest point. Incident response orchestration is emerging as one of the most powerful and effective tools for accomplishing this goal.

What is incident response orchestration?

Orchestration is a cybersecurity strategy that effectively brings together the people, processes and technologies that are all involved in responding to and remediating cyber-attacks. The purpose of IR orchestration is to empower your security team by arming them with the information, tools and processes they need to be able to react quickly, effectively and accurately when a threat arises.

Incident response orchestration is different from basic IR automation because it is designed to support and optimize the humans involve in cybersecurity. For instance, IR orchestration can help the response team understand the context of an attack and aid in faster, better decision making.

This distinction is important because cybersecurity is ripe with uncertainty. Responding to a threat is rarely as straightforward as one might imagine. Automation is a powerful and effective tool for quickly and efficiently executing security tasks, but since threats are constantly evolving and attackers are changing their tactics at a rapid rate, human decision-making still plays an important role in keeping the organization safe. This is why automation and orchestration are so often linked.

IR Orchestration Applied

As with most technologies, incident response orchestration can be adapted and applied differently depending on the specific needs of the organization. Overall, however, it should serve as a tool for mapping out the company’s threat landscape, security environment and organizational priorities.

In action, incident response orchestration plays a critical role across the entire Security Operations Center (SOC), particularly when it comes to escalation and remediation. When an incident is escalated from an alert by the automation tool, a record is automatically created in the incident response platform.

From there, the platform automatically gathers, organizes and delivers incident response context. At this point, when security personnel step in to handle the escalation, they already have the valuable information they need to take the most appropriate action for effective remediation. 

There are a number of different ways incident response orchestration can be leveraged, but the end goal is almost always the same: to place IT security personnel in the best possible position to respond to threats.

Of course, with the right automation and orchestration platform, most of the work can be handled without the need for human intervention at all. Threats are detected, isolated and eradicated before they have the opportunity to do irreparable harm. By integrating the two technologies, however, you can create an IT environment in which human and machine work together to achieve optimal performance and maximum protection against today’s cyber threats.

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