June 03, 2019 | IT & Telecom
In this age of rapid technological advancements, businesses of all sizes must protect sensitive information about their clients, employees, partners, products and internal operations. With cybersecurity threats becoming more common, more dangerous and more difficult to detect and mitigate, ensuring this protection is an increasingly challenging task.
Therefore, businesses are exploring new methods to defend the organization against potential cyber threats. While some rely on their internal security team to take care of breaches and threats, others are figuring out new engagement models to outsource their security function to external service providers. This is where security operation centers (SOCs) come in.
What is a Security Operations Center?
A security operations center, or SOC, involves a team of security experts working out of a physical facility, wherein they seek to detect and prevent cyber threats and attacks, and respond to any incident on the computers, servers and networks they oversee. SOC teams primarily consist of managers, security analysts and security engineers who work in shifts to provide security against cyberattacks round the clock.
Large enterprises can build SOCs to address security threats, but small and medium organizations often prefer to outsource security operations. Various factors such as skill shortages, a limited IT budget, scalability and growth in the number of complicated attacks are pushing more and more companies to partially or fully outsource their security operations to a competent supplier.
Some of the models under which companies maintain SOCs are:
Common SOC Toolkits
Successful SOCs utilize tools such as security information and event management, governance, risk and compliance systems, vulnerability scanners and penetration testing systems, intrusion detection systems, intrusion prevention systems, wireless intrusion prevention, firewalls and cyber threat intelligence feeds and databases in order to become effective and efficient.
With the combination of skilled security professionals and appropriate tools, organizations can enhance their security measures manifold and effectively defend against potential cyber threats.