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When Should You Consider a Security Operations Center (SOC)?

when should you consider a security operations center soc

The rise in cyberattacks and zero-day threats has made many organizations realize they need 24/7 security operations center (SOC) capabilities. With so many security products and solutions on the market, you may be considering building an in-house SOC. Doing so, however, means accounting for all security tools, staffing, and operational expenses.

How to Build a Security Operations Center (SOC): Peoples, Processes, and Technologies’ by Ellen Zhang (digitalguardian.com) highlights 18 security professionals’ feedback regarding the people, processes, and technologies needed for building an SOC. Though a major undertaking, providing security for your enterprise is well worth the effort.

Key points from the article:

  • Consolidating security expertise and relevant data into a central location can help you pinpoint threats more efficiently.
  • What threats does my organization care about?
  • What does a threat look like?
  • How does the SOC block and detect threats?
  • Security combines people, technology, and procedures
  • Remote support – Facilities are responsible for protecting mission-critical networks and their assets. Therefore, availability is crucial.
  • Building an efficient SOC requires organizing internal resources to improve communication and efficiency.
  • An SOC’s standard procedures must identify threats, distinguish complex from simple threats, protect data, and respond to targeted threats.

An SOC must avoid security failures that directly impact the brand and/or disrupt growth. When designing an SOC, you must consider cyber protection, attack surface management, identity and access management, incident response, and business resiliency.

The best approach is to be proactive, not reactive. It is better to prevent attacks than react to a breach after it occurs. The most effective SOC will secure and monitor the network’s perimeter, data, customers, and remote users so it can detect, analyze, and immediately respond to threats 24/7/365.

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