What is SOC as a Service?
A security operation center (SOC) is an office or group of professional cybersecurity experts who continually monitor your network environment for anomalies. Anomalies could be false positives or an ongoing attack that must be mitigated, but SOC staff manually review anomalies and determine the next best steps. Without the right staff, your organization risks being unaware of an ongoing attack, but SOC-as-a-Service (SOCaaS) provides you with analysts who act as a security operations center for continual monitoring and detection of potential threats.
All organizations need security monitoring, but it comes at a high cost that some IT budgets don’t allow for. An in-house SOC requires the right equipment, tooling (e.g., logging and analytic dashboards), and staff to effectively detect, prevent, and remediate cyber-incidents. It requires people who can quickly respond to incidents to mitigate attacks and limit damages. Managed SOC services provide an organization with the expertise necessary to monitor all environment endpoints, user behavior patterns, and network traffic. It also provides you with incident response, which is critical to stop ongoing attacks quickly and limit damages.
Why Should You Use Managed SOC Over Building One In-House?
Most organizations that realize they have a need for a SOC struggle with the decision to build one on-premises or engage a managed service provider. If you don’t have the expertise to build a SOC and manage it, you could be leaving your organization open to vulnerabilities with little ability to mitigate exploits. Having the right infrastructure and staff to manage a SOC is expensive, but using SOCaaS has several advantages.
Advanced Cybersecurity Technology
Knowing the best cybersecurity infrastructure for effective monitoring is a challenge for administrators. A SOCaaS provider will analyze your current environment and deploy tools and monitoring services specific to your business requirements. Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) is commonly used to monitor your environment, but you still need to know how to integrate, configure, maintain, and use it.
Certified and Professional Staff
Most organizations struggle to find analysts who understand the current cybersecurity landscape, but DIESEC has certified and trained professionals who continually research and keep up to date with trends. Another challenge is determining the number of people needed to monitor and manage the environment effectively, but using a SOCaaS eliminates this challenge. DIESEC will choose the right staff necessary to oversee your infrastructure and ensure that your environment is monitored 24/7/365.
Most organizations fall under one compliance regulation, and any errors in your infrastructure implementation can be a costly mistake. Having a SOCaaS manage monitoring and alerts ensures that your business stays compliant with various regulations (e.g., HIPAA, SOX, PCI-DSS, NIST, etc.).
What Tools Does SOC Staff Use?
DIESEC has several applications in its toolbox that cover all aspects of SOC monitoring and threat prevention. We work with prominent brand names or effective open-source products. If you’ve looked into SIEM and other monitoring tools, you know that the right applications make your SOC analysts much more effective. Here are a few tools DIESEC uses to manage your SOC monitoring.
- SIEM: Every SOC department needs a SIEM tool. These applications collect logs from various infrastructure and endpoints and use advanced analytics to determine if an anomaly should be further investigated manually.
- Logging: Logging events is critical in effective monitoring and cybersecurity analytics. Usually, logs are aggregated to one location so that a SIEM can integrate with logging to analyze traffic patterns.
- Packet Analyzer: These tools will “listen” to network traffic and allow analysts to see the requests and responses traversing your environment. A packet analyzer will provide insight into possible anomalies that silently exfiltrate data from the network or potential malware scanning resources.
- Forensic kits: In the event of a cyber-incident, a forensic kit helps analysts determine the severity of a data breach, collect evidence, and preserve it for future investigations and law enforcement in case of litigation.
What are Managed SOC Benefits?
SOCaaS provides advanced cybersecurity monitoring and incident response at a fraction of the cost necessary to build a service in-house. You need the real estate, infrastructure, physical security, staff, and maintenance budget to host a SOC within your organization’s offices. Not only is it expensive, but it leaves you with a false sense of security if it’s provisioned and deployed incorrectly. DIESEC helps you avoid these disadvantages of an in-house SOC office, but here are a few more benefits you get by engaging with our SOCaaS:
- Faster analyst response: You sign up for a 24/7/365 monitoring service with SOCaaS, so analysts are ready to react at any time for any detected threats. These analysts can also respond quickly to threats that breach cybersecurity controls for better mitigation and remediation.
- Reduce cybersecurity risks: Every environment has risks associated with it, but the goal of cybersecurity infrastructure is to reduce that risk as much as possible. SOCaaS minimizes the risk of a data breach and the costs of an incident (e.g., litigation, compliance violations, customer reparations, brand damage, etc.).
- Faster scaling of digital resources: Before extending infrastructure or adding endpoints, it’s critical that the proper cybersecurity controls are in place, including event detection and monitoring. A SOCaaS has all the right tools in place to allow you to scale across your environment more rapidly.
Get Started with an Effective SOC
DIESEC has professional staff familiar with numerous cyber-threats in the wild ready to help you monitor resources and more effectively stop attacks. Contact us to get started or fill out the form to send us a message about your specific business needs.