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Kafka and SIEM/SOAR Tools

Kai Waehner wraps up a series on Apache Kafka and network security:

SIEM combines security information management (SIM) and security event management (SEM). They provide analysis of security alerts generated by applications and network hardware. Vendors sell SIEM as software, as appliances, or as managed services; these products are also used for logging security data and generating reports for compliance purposes.

SOAR tools automate security incident management investigations via a workflow automation workbook. The cyber intelligence API enables the playbook to automate research related to the ticket (lookup potential phishing URL, suspicious hash, etc.). The first responder determines the criticality of the event. At this level, it is either a normal or an escalation event. SOAR includes security incident response platforms (SIRPs), Security orchestration and automation (SOA), and threat intelligence platforms (TIPs).

In summary, SIEM and SOAR are key pieces of a modern cybersecurity infrastructure. The capabilities, use cases, and architectures are different for every company.

Click through to see where Kafka can fit in all of this.