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Iranian Retaliatory Cyber Threats Are a Reminder of the Importance of Sound Incident Response

As if security operations professionals don’t have enough on their plates, they can add a new geo-political event — the U.S. killing of top Iranian Gen. Qasem Soleimani — to their list of potential sources of grief. The strike prompted the U.S.

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The Difference Between SOAR and a Security Operations Platform

When an innovative product hits the market, it does not take long for the market to become overrun with similar offerings. Consumer technology products are a great example of this phenomenon. Soon after Apple released its AirPods wireless headphones, a number of lookalike offerings, even in Apple’s signature white color, flooded the market. For the consumer, this is good and bad. On the positive side, now there are more choices available, probably at different (and more affordable) price points.

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The 7 Most-Read Siemplify Blog Posts Published in 2019

The Siemplify Blog is one of the easiest and most prolific ways we communicate with the security operations community at large. Thank you for your loyal readership in 2019, and please enjoy seven of the most-read posts published over the past 12 months. And be sure to keep visiting next year, as more amazing content is coming your way. See you in the new decade!

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A New Approach to Managing the Lifecycle of Your Playbooks (Video)

We are all aware that security operations centers are inundated with alerts causing massive case backlogs and potentially critical threats to go unnoticed for days, weeks or even months. Forward-leaning SOCs are taking steps to actively address this issue by deploying security orchestration, automation and response (SOAR) products. With a properly deployed and integrated SOAR solution, SOC teams achieve much-needed relief from alert overload.

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Product Update: What's New in v5.3 of the Siemplify Security Operations Platform

If you are like most security professionals, you are hoping to get a little downtime before the end of the year so you can recharge the batteries for 2020. But before you power down, you should check out some of the changes just released in version 5.3 of the Siemplify Security Operations Platform. You can take a closer look at all features packing this version in the release notes, but here are the big three.

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Sitdown with a SOC Star: 11 Questions with Jesse Emerson of Trustwave

Welcome back to our continuing our new Q&A series – “Sitdown with a SOC Star” – in which we pose 21 questions to SecOps practitioners working at various levels and industries, and they choose 11 to answer. In this edition, we say hello to Jesse Emerson, VP of managed security services for the Americas at Chicago-based Trustwave, who was introduced over two decades ago to the world of cybersecurity when he was hired to help a company ready its systems for the year 2000.

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Automatic for the SOC People: How Automation Can Quell Those Pesky False Positives

As a newly hired cybersecurity analyst, you’re excited to start vanquishing threats and thwarting bad guys in their tracks. You’re armed with the latest shiny security tools and raring to go – those hackers don’t stand a chance. Unfortunately, nobody told you that at least half the alerts (or more) you will address will be false alarms. Commonly termed false positives, they will bog you down for 30 minutes (if you’re fast), shamelessly wasting your time and skills.