Like many other facets of information technology, businesses today are increasingly on the hunt for ways to further automate their digital security practices.

The potential is grand, perhaps captured best in a specific concept known as security, orchestration, automation and response, or SOAR. SOAR fulfills a number of security purposes, including security incident and response, threat intelligence, curation, compliance monitoring and security orchestration.

For many, that degree of automation translates to savings in both time and overhead. It explains why, in a survey of 351 security professionals conducted earlier this year by Exabeam, nearly 90 percent of respondents reported the belief that artificial intelligence and automation tools would improve cybersecurity, improve SOC response times and make their jobs easier.