SOAR vendor also debuts Linux deployment option
Looking to drive more business for its security orchestration, automation, and response (SOAR) solutions, Denver-based Swimlane last week rolled out new programs for channel and technical alliance partners. The vendor also made version 4.0 of its SOAR platform Linux-compatible, with support for Docker and Kubernetes container tools.
The Lowdown: Swimlane’s new channel program is built mainly around helping partners improve their security automation, orchestration, and response abilities. Company officials said the hope is to develop a cadre of professional service practitioners able to support the vendor’s SOAR offerings.
The Details: The Swimlane channel program includes:
— A tiered certification program, which allows for members to become Swimlane SOAR experts.
— Variable discounts for channel-in and channel-out opportunities.
— A simplified pricing model based on the number of end users, with no additional cost for alerts, actions, or integrations.
Swimlane’s new Technical Alliances program looks to give other vendors access to Swimlane products and development teams in order to create tighter integrations with the SOAR platform. Initial members of the program include AWS, Cisco, Graylog, LogRhythm, McAfee, PagerDuty, Symantec, and VMRay, according to company officials.
The Impact: SOAR technology is increasingly popular as an adjunct to traditional security operations center (SOC) environments as it allows SOCs to handle larger environments and more security-related activity with less overhead and fewer specialized security experts.
Gartner expects that 70% of organizations with a dedicated SOC will add SOAR capabilities by 2021, up from less than 5% last year.
Part of that traction is driven by the blurring of lines between development, operations, and security teams in what’s commonly known as DevSecOps. Swimlane’s move to make version 4.0 of its platform Linux-compatible, with support for Docker and Kubernetes, should help such cross-functional teams enjoy the benefits of DevSecOps by reducing siloing, improving information sharing, and allowing deployments and configurations that work with their platform of choice.
Background: “SOAR is an impactful solution that provides the automation necessary for any enterprise to keep up with an ever-evolving threat landscape,” said Swimlane CEO Cody Cornell. “We have built our channel program to reward partners who can lead and drive business.”
“As we launch the [technical alliances] program, we hope to take an even more collaborative approach to security,” said Cornell. “We’ve been fortunate to work with some of the best vendors in cybersecurity.”