Security Operations and Monitoring

Evaluate | Identify | Develop | Alert | Automate

Overview

A Security Operations Center (SOC) is the team of people, processes, technology and infrastructure in place that allows an organization to monitor their network and people. The SOC team is often a line of business composed of highly skilled analysts who investigate and respond to notable events in the organization. A mature SOC follows a mission-based approach that defines processes and investigation techniques that align with overall business objectives of the organization.

In addtion to monitoring security events, a SOC could also help increase employee productivity and efficiency as well as cut company costs. This is possible by analyzing critical log data of people, networks and systems to identify gaps, areas of improvement and meet compliance requirements.

Is it right for you?

A SOC is not limited to large organizations or enterprises. Businesses of all sizes can implement a SOC and its capabilities. Understanding the technologies you have in place and what is important to your business will determine the level of complexity your SOC may require. There are many tools and software available such as log aggregators, security incident and event monitoring (SIEM) tools, scripts and managed services that can enhance the security of your organization.

What is a MSSP?

A Managed Security Service Provider (MSSP) is an organization that provides outsourced security services and solutions to clients. In the context of using MSSP SOC services, it is important to note there are many pros and cons in contrast to developing your own in-house solution.

ProsCons
  • Cost - MSSPs are signifcantly cheaper
  • Hardware and Software Management (Patching, Upgrades, etc.)
  • Experience Professionals
  • 24/7/365 Support
  • Availability
  • Supplemental Triage
  • Increased IT Risk
  • Bound to MSSP processes
  • Quality loss due to analysts having multiple clients
  • Privacy
  • Increased attack vectors due to 3rd party integration