Necessity of Security Operations Center

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Nothing guarantees foolproof cyber security as hackers keep on coming with new ideas to breach the barriers meant for cyber security.
That is why; protectors of cyber realm need to up their game and keep updating and upgrading their security tools and applications to protect all firewalls (and all data protected by them), along with ensuring a foolproof network security monitoring.
Hence, Intelligence Driven Security Operation Center (SOC) serves as the answer to all problems.

Introduction to SOC

A SOC is an organized and highly skilled team that is supposed to continuously monitor and improve the security system and cyber infrastructure of an organization. The purpose of Security Operations Center staff is to prevent, detect, analyze and respond to cyber security incidents with the aid of both technology and well-defined processes and procedures.

In short, SOC hosts an information security team that is responsible for network security monitoring (and other kinds of cyber monitoring). It analyzes an organization’s security posture on continuous basis.
Environment necessary for efficient SOC

The establishment of a SOC requires careful planning. Its physical security needs to be taken into consideration. The layout of the operations center must be carefully designed to be both comfortable and functional.
Hence, users cannot afford to overlook lighting and acoustics issues. A SOC is expected to contain several areas such an operational room, a “war room” and the supervisors’ offices. Comfort, visibility, the efficiency, control are and other areas need to be designed accordingly.

Capabilities of SOC

SOC Team saves the time of organization as far as developing security strategy, designing security architecture, or implementing protective measures is concerned. The SOC team is responsible for the ongoing, operational component of enterprise information security.
Additional capabilities of some Security Operations Center include advanced forensic analysis, cryptanalysis, and malware reverse engineering to analyze incidents.

Technology of SOC

After the mission and the scope of the SOC have been defined, its underpinning infrastructure is supposed to be designed. Necessary components are built for a complete technological environment. This environment includes (but is not limited to) firewalls, IPSs/IDSs, breach detection solutions, network security monitoring solutions, probes and obviously a Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) system.
Effective and efficient data collection is important for successful SOC. Data flows, packet captures, telemetry, system log and several types of events are collected, correlated and analyzed from a security perspective.
SOC Benefits
• Security Operations Center improves security incident detection through continuous monitoring and analysis of data activity.

• By analyzing data activity while network security monitoring observing endpoints, servers, and databases around the clock, SOC teams are critical to ensure timely detection and response of security incidents.

• Round-the-clock monitoring provided by a SOC gives organizations an advantage to defend against cyber attacks and intrusions, regardless of source, time of day, or attack type.

• The gap between attackers’ time to compromise and enterprises’ time to detection is well documented in Data Breach Investigations Report. SOC helps organizations to close that gap.
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