Define the concepts of SIEM and SOAR


Protecting an organization’s digital estate, resources, assets, and data from security breaches and attacks is an ongoing and escalating challenge. The business world has large numbers of staff working remotely, creating an exploitable window for cybercriminals.

Having a resilient and robust, industry-standard set of tools can help mitigate and prevent these exploits. Security information event management (SIEM) and security orchestration automated response (SOAR) provide security insights and security automation that can enhance an organization's threat visibility and response.

What is security information and event management (SIEM)?

A SIEM system is a tool that an organization uses to collect data from across the whole estate, including infrastructure, software, and resources. It does analysis, looks for correlations or anomalies, and generates alerts and incidents.

What is security orchestration automated response (SOAR)?

A SOAR system takes alerts from many sources, such as a SIEM system. The SOAR system then triggers action-driven automated workflows and processes to run security tasks that mitigate the issue.

To provide a comprehensive approach to security, an organization needs to use a solution that embraces or combines both SIEM and SOAR functionality.