by Chris Tozzi, Torq
Friday, July 22nd, 2022
Just a few years ago, security orchestration, automation and response (SOAR) was the new buzzword associated with security modernization.
Today, however, SOAR platforms are increasingly assuming a legacy look and feel. Although SOARs still have their place in a modern SecOps strategy, the key to driving SecOps forward today is no-code security automation.
Read on to learn what lightweight security automation means, how it compares to SOAR and why SOARs alone won’t help you stay ahead of today’s security threats.
A SOAR is a platform designed to help security teams detect, understand and manage their response to security threats.
Over the past decade or so, SOARs have become a key foundational tool for many security teams. That’s due especially to the fact that SOARs solve many of the problems associated with security incident and event management (SIEM) platforms, the old standby tool for security engineers.
Just as first-gen SOARs replaced SIEMs, a new category of security tools are replacing, or at least enhancing them. It’s no-code security automation.
No-code security automation refers to tools that anyone – not just security engineers – can use to define risks, enforce security rules and remediate threats automatically. These tools use a codeless (think: drag-and-drop and non-technical) automation approach to security, which allows businesses to manage risks without drawing on specialized engineering expertise.
It would be wrong to think of SOARs and lightweight, no-code security automation platforms as being completely distinct types of solutions. SOARs and codeless platforms overlap in the following ways:
But the similarities stop there. In general, lightweight no-code security automation delivers additional features and benefits that SOARs lack, including:
For these reasons, SOARs increasingly no longer cut it as a standalone security solution. They are subject to too many shortcomings to enable modern SecOps.
This is not to say that you’re required to ditch your SOAR and replace it with a lightweight security automation platform like Torq. Many businesses that have dedicated cybersecurity teams may opt to continue to use their SOARs as the place where they detect and manage the most complex threats, such as active, targeted attacks by professional threat actors.
But for managing more mundane risks – like blocking phishing emails, securing sensitive data or detecting malicious users – lightweight no-code security automation is a more practical solution. It’s much easier to deploy, and it empowers all stakeholders to support security operations, even at organizations that have minimal cybersecurity resources.
By extension, no-code security automation is the key to thriving in the face of today’s pervasive threats. When you operate in a world that sees 26,000 DDoS attacks and 4,000 ransomware attacks each day, and where threat actors are constantly probing your systems for an open door, you need more agility and automated remediation than a SOAR alone can deliver.
SOARs are great. And if it were still, say, 2015, we’d tell you that a traditional SOAR is all you need.
But it’s not, and we won’t. Lightweight no-code security automation fills the gaps within a SOAR-based SecOps strategy, empowering businesses to build security-centric cultures and to respond to threats as comprehensively and automatically as possible.