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How to Choose Between XDR, SIEM, and SOAR

Most organizations understand the critical role that cybersecurity solutions play in protecting their environment. However, the abundance of available tools that claim to serve that need are leaving them unsure they're actually protected against today's sophisticated threats

Managing and maintaining these tools is a complicated endeavor that creates significant “noise” and leaves IT and security teams exhausted with alert fatigue. The problem is magnified for teams without security experts on their staff who can adeptly customize and configure these solutions so that they produce positive outcomes rather than drag down morale among technical staff and create a false sense of security for higher management who don’t have a first-hand understanding of these significant drawbacks. 

That’s why several security platforms that help streamline data derived from these tools into a single console are so crucial to—and sought after—by businesses large and small. For a unified view of their environments, companies have turned to security information and event management (SIEM), security orchestration, automation, and response (SOAR), and extended detection and response (XDR) solutions. 

The question is: Which one is right for your organization?

Choosing Between XDR, SIEM, and SOAR

Unifying Disparate Tools Is a Complex Endeavor

Security products largely try to address specific cyber threats that can be exploited by hackers in any way, shape, or form. 

As an example, antivirus is designed—true to its name—to detect and prevent the introduction of viruses onto user devices. In contrast, network traffic analysis (NTA) tools monitor a company’s network traffic exclusively to look for malicious activity or potential threats. These solutions, however, are not interconnected in any way to share and relate relevant data and information across one to the other. 

As new cybersecurity products are introduced with increasing frequency, it is now clear that adopting extra tools increases the burden on an organization’s security budget and personnel. While these tools must properly integrated into a unified framework or platform, many companies lack the funds and expertise to do so.

There’s an inherent imbalance in the cybersecurity sphere, a tug-of-war between the need to specialize for new and adaptive cyber threats and the need to integrate software in comprehensive solutions. But SIEM, SOAR, and XDR platforms enable companies to tie these goals together. 

Comparing These Leading Solutions

It can be very tough to compare tools designed to integrate distinct security solutions. However, Arctic Wolf security experts have done the hard work and published the results in our white paper: Converging Platforms: How Do XDR, SIEM, and SOAR Compare?

Read the white paper to discover the pros and cons of each solution, how they stack up against one another, and which could be the best fit for your organization. 

One thing you’ll quickly learn is that none of these solutions will work effectively without skilled security experts who can oversee their operation and tune their capabilities. If your IT team needs a saving hand, see how our Concierge Security® Team might be what you need to boost your security posture and keep your organization better protected. 

Converging Platforms: How Do XDR, SIEM, and SOAR Compare?

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