It is no secret that network infrastructures are growing in complexity to combat cyberattacks that are continually evolving. A vital step in developing a stronger security posture and a more resilient data protection strategy is a 24 x 7 resource that aims to monitor, detect, investigate and resolve active threats. In the situation where the inevitable attack occurs, timely detection and response everything. Therefore, a business with a full-fledged Security Operations Centre (SOC) will respond to incidents quickly and efficiently.
What is a SOC?
A Security Operations Centre (SOC) is your first line of cyber defence. According to SANS, SOC is “a combination of people, processes and technologies protecting the information systems of an organization through proactive design and configuration.”
Therefore, the design and configuration of the following for optimal performance:
A SOC is typically housed in a single location on-site, although some organizations have multiple distributed SOCs for global coverage. (https://www.helpnetsecurity.com/2019/11/19/successful-soc/)
What does a SOC do?
With the help of event log management technology, the SOC team monitors the state of the IT infrastructure and systems across the organization, detects any incoming threats/events and mitigate the effects of any and all security incidents that arise.
Who needs a SOC?
If you are a small-medium enterprise, you should seriously consider investing in a SOC (internal or external). Having just a security team is not enough for constantly evolving cyber attacks that cripple business overnight! A SOC is specifically recommended for smaller organizations with sensitive and valuable data that require protection. Although the option to outsource a SOC from a provider exists, it may not be budget-friendly for small-medium enterprises (even if large organizations can afford it).
Digital Insights’s SOC called, WatchTower365, offers S.M.A.R.T 365 SOC in a Box for small-medium enterprises which is pocket friendly and provides security information and event management (SIEM), network monitoring and dlp. This box will be installed in your premises and connected remotely to our SOC, where we monitor your network infrastructure 24x7 to identify any threat lurking in the environment.
Larger enterprises can outsource our security operations centre (soc) which provides siem, incident response, threat hunting, forensics, monitoring and more at a reasonable rate. Having a SOC team with the right tools, technologies and techniques are beyond beneficial in a day and age where cyber attacks happen to anyone, anywhere and at any time!
Why hire us? Because it’s a good idea to have a partner-provider to manage high risk or large incidents which cannot be handled by the IT security team alone.
What technology does a SOC have?
A comprehensive combination of tools is needed to provide full security coverage of your information systems. The essential components of any successful SOC include a security information and event (SIEM) system, an incident tracking and management system, a threat intelligence platform, packet capture and analysis tools and automation tools.
A robust combination of tools is required to ensure a complete security coverage of your information systems. Every effective SOC's essential components include a security information and event system (SIEM), an incident monitoring and response system, threat intelligence platform, packet capture and analysis tools and automation tools.
According to Ernst & Young’s Global Information Security Survey 2018-19, the average cost of a data breach is $3.62 million, yet more than half of companies report they have no program (or an obsolete one) for one or more of the following areas: threat intelligence, vulnerability identification, breach detection, incidence response, data protection and identity and access management – disciplines which all originate or are closely tied to the SOC.