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Next-generation Security Operations Center (SOC-as-a-Service)

1-What exactly is a Security Operations Center? 

2-The significance of the center

3-What are the Security Operations Center’s activities?

4-What are the available points in the security operations center? 

5-What are the anticipated benefits of SOC application? 

6- How can best practices be implemented in the Security Operations Center? 

1-What exactly is a Security Operations Center? 

A Security Operations Center (SOC) is a central department or unit within an organization that continuously monitors and improves the organization’s security situation. 

SOC is an independent center solely dedicated to analyzing traffic flow and monitoring threats and attacks. It can prevent cybersecurity incidents by detecting, analyzing, and responding to them. 

SOC’s primary component: 

-Cloud analytics and operations are critical. 

-Managed services can relieve staff of some of their responsibilities. 

-The big picture is brought to life by open architectures and layered analytics. 

-Automation and orchestration are critical. 

-Machine learning improves threat detection and investigation. 

2-The significance of the center: 

IT leaders are beginning to make critical decisions about securing their IT systems. They are now focusing on the human impact rather than the technological impact of scanning and reducing threats. 

Only human analysis can prevent major cyber-attacks, but SOC must stay up-to-date with the latest technology. On an ongoing basis, SOC security team members monitor and analyze known threats to study emerging threats. Firewalls and other technological systems can prevent basic attacks, but only humans can stop principal incidents.  

SOCs (Security Operation Center) must stay one step ahead of incidents by entering threat intelligence data into tools to keep processes up to date for distinguishing between true and false threats. The Center collects all data from within the organization and connects it to external sources of information such as news feeds, incident reports, and threat briefs. 

Organizations with highly skilled security experts can use their analytical power to strengthen security measures and defend against security breaches and cyber-attacks. Most organizations that lack in-house resources or capabilities outsource their SOC services to an independent third-party following agreements. 

3-What are the Security Operations Center’s activities? 

The Security Operations Center (SOC) comprises an integrated set of activities that contribute to security system integration to achieve the best results. There are no perfect solutions, but each center has a strategic plan, a budget, and a need in mind.  

The following activities may be included in the center:  

* Monitoring & Analysis.  

* Threat Intelligence.  

* Threat Hunting.  

* Malware Analysis. 

* Response to security incidents.  

* Network monitoring.  

* Security awareness.  

* Security engineering. 

4-What are the available points in the security operations center? 

These actions are further subdivided into the following tasks: 

*Comprehensive asset knowledge: Security operations centers must be well-versed in the tools and technologies at their disposal from the start of their operations. 

In addition to the network’s hardware and software. Increased awareness can help increase the likelihood of detecting emerging threats early. 

*Proactive monitoring: Instead of focusing on reactive measures, SOCs take deliberate steps to detect malicious activity before it causes significant harm.  

*Managing logs: In the event of a hack or data leak, it is critical to retrace your steps to determine where the hack occurred or began. If a digital criminal investigation is conducted, it can provide a comprehensive recording of activity and communications across networks to relevant authorities. 

*Enable Alerts: When violations occur, one of the tasks assigned to security operations centers is to rate the severity of the incidents. The more powerful, high-impact, or associated with known corporate vulnerabilities in its networks a threat is, the more quickly SOC takes action to eliminate it. 

*Vulnerability management: Addressing vulnerabilities, managing vulnerabilities, and raising threat awareness are critical components of preventing security breaches. It includes constant monitoring of the environment as well as internal processes. Abuse can also occur internally.  

*Checking compliance: Currently, there is little more to information security than adhering to basic compliance regulations. SOC makes daily efforts to comply with any mandatory precautionary measures while also going beyond to keep the company safe. 

5-What are the anticipated benefits of SOC application? 

The application and activation of the operations system in security centers are expected to yield numerous benefits. We can summarize the most critical expected benefits in five main points in this paragraph: 

*Continuous Protection and Monitoring: Because security issues do not always occur during regular business hours, continuous monitoring of systems and users via the integrated security operations center 24 hours a day, seven days a week is needed. 

*Speed of response: With the activation of the continuous security monitoring system, the boundary between the occurrence of the problem and the response to it becomes short, giving the technical analyst and the party the priority in identifying, containing, and resolving the problem later. 

* Feeling of security: Whether the operations center serves the same company/entity or is part of an integrated security system that serves a large segment of society, all shareholders will feel safe due to the level of protection provided by the center, utilizing the capabilities available to it. 

* Simplifying investigations: With the significant capabilities provided by operations centers, investigators and security analysts can investigate security incidents and share information, reducing the impact of security issues and preventing them from speaking in the future.  

* Detecting security issues before they occur: It is accomplished through continuous analysis of the network’s daily activities, as well as risk management and identification. The security information provided by the Center can be critical in addressing a variety of principal security issues. 

6- How can best practices be implemented in the Security Operations Center? 

The applications used may differ from one center to another, depending on the desired goals, available capabilities, and how information and events are managed. The following point summarizes the practices: 

* In terms of design, the center can be affiliated with the entity and receive its budget and support, either rented services (SaaS-Software as a Service) or completely outsourced services and capabilities done by a third party (IaaS- Infrastructure as a Service). 

Security Operations Centers (SOCs) have become essential for every healthy and functioning organization. The trained team at Teknologiia uses specific cyber-defense tools while understanding malicious behaviors and techniques to keep your systems safe from attackers. We are always ready to assist you. 

Original Source: Teknologiia Team

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