What is the methodology SOAPA “Security Operations and Analytics Platform”?
And how this methodology works
Many companies rely on security information and event management to assess their security. SIEM combines log files and other information from a variety of sources, making it easy to see trends and patterns related to systems and security
A system administrator can use aggregated log files and documentation to come with a general definition of their system working processes structure, and use it as a baseline for identifying and detecting anomalies in the future
While SIEM has proved useful over years, however; cybersecurity is a rapidly growing and evolving domain, in which events correlation will not simply be enough to keep up with that. Thus, institutions are under real pressure to look for new technologies that can help them enhance their own cybersecurity, which revolves around the idea of security operations and the structure of the SOAPA analysis system.
There is still no single uniform and universally accepted structure for security operations and analysis platforms. However, the integration of the API is an accepted methodology recognized by most field pioneers right now. While no general standard has been identified, SOAPA has some salient characteristics:
A. Security data is collected from different sources
B. Different sets of techniques are used and unified in a single platform. This includes readable security data that is analyzed, managed, and reported by different technologies that work together, in addition to the middleware, SOAPA uses many cybersecurity standards to connect and access different sources of data and tools that some businesses need or work on today, including:
1. Trusted Automated eXchange of Indicator Information (TAXII™)
2. Cyber Observable eXpression (CybOX)
3. Structured Threat Information eXpression (STIX™)
By combining disparate data sources, tools and technologies, SOAPA simplifies processes and makes overall security processes more efficient, giving a more isolated context to data so that companies can get better insights from their data sources.
SOAPA or another level of SIEM
The SOAPA description may look similar to SIEM, as SIEM focuses more on event information and records, security processes and the SOAPA will look at a wide range of tools and information. In fact, SIEM is part of the SOAPA, being one of the many security tools and analyzes used in this system.
As mentioned previously, SOAPA looks like a next-generation SIEM that is more comprehensive and includes more safety data sources to deliver better and more meaningful insights, so SOAPA includes other service technologies besides SIEM such as:
1. Incident Response Platforms that enable system administrators to classify detected threats, receive priority alerts, and take action on identified issues immediately such CarbonBlack, and Cybereason
2. Endpoint Detection and Response tools “EDR”, allowing security personnel to check the behavior of user devices; such as the one CarbonBlack, CroudStrike, and Cybereason provide with
3. Machine learning algorithms, platforms such as Sqrrl, Exabeam, and Splunk
4. Sandboxes to protects against malware and malicious files, allowing security personnel to understand malware attacks, especially those exploiting vulnerabilities that are not recognized by the provider
5. Information intelligence, allowing cybersecurity professionals to approach and compare the anomalies that occur within their network with those occurring in wild
6. Security Assets Management Platforms, and vulnerability management platforms
Overall, SOAPA is a new model that combines the various cybersecurity tools in a single system, helping you become more efficient and practical in cybersecurity.
SOAPA systems help address many of the common problems that cybersecurity professionals face today, including:
– Lack of expert teams (very difficult to find and retain experts)
– Response to risks takes a lot of time
– Lots of non-orgnized tools that work separately
– Try to keep up with many threats that always changing
SOAPA aims to address these problems by reducing the need for each one of them, Helping organizations focus on a few tools, automating these tools, reducing the need for experts, and helping with response features to respond in real-time to threats