Security Orchestration Automation and Response (SOAR) Questions
Ertugrul Akbas
Manager at a computer software company with 11-50 employees
Sep 13 2021

Hot data is necessary for live security monitoring. 

Archive data (cold data) is not available fastly. It takes days to make archive data live if the archive data time frame is more than 30 days (in most of the SIEM solutions). 

As an example, SolarWinds said the attackers first compromised its development environment on Sept. 4, 2019. So, to investigate the SolarWinds case, we have to go back to Sept. 4, 2019, from now on (July 13, 2021). In this case, we need at least 18 months of live data.

Image: SolarWinds

The second example of why hot data is critical is from the IBM data breach report. The average time to identify and contain a breach is 280 days, according to this report.

Hot data gives defenders the quick access they need for real-time threat hunting, but hot data is more expensive than the archive option in current SIEM solutions. 

Keeping data hot for SIEM use is inevitably one of the most expensive data storage options.

What are your thoughts about it, dear professionals?

reviewer1469436We changed our model to be able to cover such critical long-term cases.  We… more »
Chiheb Chebbi
Defender with 501-1,000 employees
Sep 03 2021

Hi community, 

When one writes detection rules for SIEM solutions, what are the criteria of a good detection rule? 

Can you share any examples?


Shibu Babuchandran@Chiheb Chebbi, I hope the below test cases are helpful. Test 1 - Recon:… more »
Evgeny Belenky
IT Central Station
Sep 08 2021
Trends in Security Operations Center (SOC)

Hi community,

We would like to hear your insights on the latest trends in SOC. What are you seeing in the field or forecasting? 

Please share your opinion on how these trends are going to influence the future of the relevant solutions, tools, etc. used in SOC.

Looking forward to hearing your insights,


John RendyEvgeny,  My personal experience tells me that SOC will be driven by… more »
William Milton
Apr 16 2021

Hi, I'm looking for a technical comparison between Splunk Phantom SOAR and FireEye SOAR solutions.

Can anyone help with insights?

IT Central Station

Can you explain what an incident response playbook is and the role it plays in SOAR? How do you build an incident response playbook? Do SOAR solutions come with a pre-defined playbook as a starting point?

Maged MagdyHi, what an incident response playbook?  Incident Response Playbook is the… more »
IT Central Station

When evaluating SOAR tools, what features are most important to look out for? 

IT Central Station
Aug 31 2021

SIEM and SOAR have a lot of components in common. How do they differ in the role they play in Cyber Security?

If you've been working in cybersecurity, you've likely come across SOAR and SIEM technologies. There are differences between their capabilities, although they have a fair amount of commonalities. They both collect data, but the quantity of data, type of data, and type of response is where they differ. As threats have advanced, security professionals may be in need of both.

That's where SOAR and SIEM come to the rescue, although there has been some confusion as to the difference between the two. The two technologies have different competencies, but can be combined to increase a security team's or SOC's effectiveness.

We've evaluated the differences of the best SIEM tools and top SOAR tools to clear up the differences between each.


In short, SIEM aggregates and correlates data from multiple security systems to generate alerts while SOAR acts as the remediation and response engine to those alerts.

SIEM is the collection and aggregation of security data sourced from integrated platforms logging event-related data - firewalls, network appliances, intrusion detection and prevention systems, etc. - then correlates data across devices, categorizes, and analyzes incidents before issuing alerts. The alerts are identified by using sophisticated analytical techniques and machine learning, which require fine tuning. This leaves a lot of alerts for a security team or SOC to prioritize and remediate; a difficult, time-consuming process.

SOAR, on the other hand, is designed to help security teams automate the response process by gathering alerts, managing cases, and responding to the endless alerts generated by SIEM. With SOAR, security teams can integrate with security alerts and create adaptive, automated incident response workflows. This gives SecOps the ability to prioritize threats and deliver faster results.

reviewer1510752SIEM involves in collection, correlation and aggregation of security logs and… more »
Marcus GaitherWhat is SIEM? Firewalls, network appliances, and intrusion detection systems… more »
Hasan Zuberi ( HZ )It's not easy to understand the key differences when looking at SOAR vs. SIEM… more »
Ariel Lindenfeld
Sr. Director of Community
IT Central Station