Integrating SOAR and MITRE ATT&CK framework to help SecOps take flight

  • ServiceNow Blog
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  • Cybersecurity and Risk
  • 2021
July 20, 2021

Integrating SOAR and MITRE ATT&CK framework drives faster security response.

Old news: The pandemic changed the world. New news: Security operations still need to act as if the crisis continues. Here's why.

Prior to the pandemic, organizations around the world were already moving forward with digital transformation. COVID-19 forced enterprises to scale like never before—adding public cloud services, new network devices, remote workers, and software as a service (SaaS) applications. This left security operations scrambling to keep pace because, unsurprisingly, a growing attack surface means growing cyberthreats.

MITRE ATT&CK framework for stronger security

Organizations often rely too much on point tools and manual processes. In addition, they often face a shortage of advanced security skills in areas such as threat intelligence analysis and incident response. Between alert fatigue, manual processes, and an ever-growing list of cyberthreats, it can be nearly impossible for security operations center (SOC) teams to stay on top of everything.

Many organizations have adopted security orchestration, automation, and response (SOAR) technology to help them face today’s security issues head-on. When SOAR is coupled with the MITRE ATT&CK framework, SOC teams have the means to proactively:

  • Drive fast security response.
  • Prioritize threats by business context.
  • Automate required actions to triage and remediate incidents quickly.

The MITRE ATT&CK framework also gives organizations an adversarial perspective on their defenses, showing how adversaries would act against them in a concerted, targeted attack.

Improving security operations

Although many security tools provide basic MITRE ATT&CK support, SOC teams often find it hard to operationalize the framework into processes for incident detection and security engineering, along with threat hunting and response.

In fact, 63% of organizations believe security operations are more difficult today than they were only two years ago, according to ESG research. With the increasingly dangerous threat landscape, the volume of security data needed for analysis, and an overwhelming number of security alerts to be triaged, prioritized, investigated, and acted upon, it’s easy to see how an already complex numbers game is turning into a security management nightmare.

ServiceNow is committed to tight integration between its SOAR platform (Security Incident Response) and the MITRE ATT&CK framework. In this way, we can not only operationalize MITRE ATT&CK and automate processes, but also help organizations improve the efficacy and efficiency of security operations in areas such as:

  • Incident detection
  • Assessment and engineering
  • Cyberthreat intelligence analysis
  • Adversary emulation

Now is the time to consider integrating SOAR technology and the MITRE ATT&CK framework into your daily security operations. Read the ESG white paper, Using ServiceNow SOAR to Operationalize MITRE ATT&CK, to learn why the time is right, what benefits your business can gain, and how you can operationalize the MITRE ATT&CK framework to make the most of your SOAR technology.


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