An expert team of cybersecurity professionals, equipped with the right tools and experience, monitoring your business systems round the clock - that’s what SOC As A Service entails.
An effective security operations center is the backbone of your cyber defense system. As threats continue to evolve, so should your organisation. And SOC As A Service provides a service model that is customised to your business needs, remaining flexible and adaptable as your business changes.
A Security Operations Centre (SOC) is a function within a business that works toward monitoring and improving its information security posture. It is made up of a group of Information security professionals, who through the use of processes and technology focus on identifying, studying and responding to security incidents, in the hope of preventing them from occurring.
The rise in complex cyber threats has emphasised the need for a SOC to collect data from various sources. These sources include networks, servers, computers, endpoint devices, operating systems, applications and databases. It is the function of a SOC to continuously examine these sources for signs of suspicious activity.
Prepare & Inform
The SOC plays an important role in keeping the rest of the organisation up to date about the latest innovations in security, what is currently trending in cybercrime and any upcoming new threats that are being developed.
A SOC is responsible for maintaining a business's defenses. This includes ensuring that existing systems and firewall policies are regularly updated; any identified vulnerabilities are patched; securing applications that may include white and black listing.
Monitoring networks on a 24/7 basis through the use of SIEM tools allows the SOC to be notified immediately of threats that are emerging, giving them the highest chance to prevent or mitigate any negative repercussions.
Managing & Ranking Alerts
Once an alert is identified by a monitoring tool, a SOC eliminates any false positives and determines how severe any confirmed cyber threats are and what they are targeting.
Immediately after a security incident occurs the SOC is responsible for actions such as terminating or isolating endpoints, stopping any processes that may be harmful, deleting files, and more.
Incident Recovery & Investigation
Post an incident the SOC is responsible for restoring systems and salvaging any data that was lost or compromised during the incident. Once recovery has been achieved, the SOC will also be responsible for investigating exactly what happened when, how and why.
The SOC is responsible for collecting, maintaining, and regularly reviewing the log of all network activity and communications. By doing this the SOC can define what is considered as “normal” network activity. By identifying a baseline, the SOC can have an easier time revealing the existence of future threats.
The SOC is responsible for compliance with such regulations, which may be issued by their organisation, by their industry, or by governing bodies, e.g. ISO 27001, PCI DSS or the UK GDPR. To ensure this the SOC needs to regularly audit an organisation's systems.
StickmanCyber's 24x7x365 security operations provides a reliable, flexible and scalable solution for the effective management of your cybersecurity program. The benefits include:
Here's a look at our basic methodology for security operations:
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