SOC: A Centralized and 360-Degree Security Incident Mitigator
- May 12, 2023
- Anique Alam
- Durgesh Giri
Cybersecurity is integral to everyday life in today's interconnected world. We are exposed to cyberattacks and data breaches as the internet is increasingly integrated into our daily lives. An organization's cybersecurity strategy must include a security operations center (“SOC”) to guard against these threats. This article is about SOC: what it is, what it does and why it is valuable.
What is SOC? As the name implies, a security operations center is a centralized team that monitors and responds to security incidents within an organization. This is a facility equipped with high-tech security systems and staffed with highly qualified security personnel who monitor, detect, analyze and respond to security incidents.
A SOC protects an organization's assets, including its data, systems and networks. As part of its role, the SOC team identifies and addresses security incidents, minimizes their impact and prevents similar incidents from occurring in the future.
SOC Functional Value
The functional value of a SOC can vary depending on the organization's size and the complexity of its IT infrastructure. However, some of the critical parts of a SOC include:
Monitoring: The SOC team continually monitors an organization's systems and networks for potential security incidents. This includes reviewing logs, alerts and other data sources to identify unusual activity.
Incident Response: In the event of a security incident, the SOC team aims to contain it to minimize the impact and bring operations back to normal in the least amount of time.
Vulnerability Management: The SOC team discovers and addresses vulnerabilities within an organization's IT infrastructure. It conducts vulnerability assessments, manages patching processes and maintains that all systems are up to date with the latest security patches.
Threat Intelligence: The SOC team employs threat intelligence to discover surfacing threats and trends. These details help in addressing potential security risks so that they can be proactively mitigated.
Forensics: This function helps the SOC team to determine the cause of a security incident and use that information to discover what potential vulnerabilities are there within an organization's security controls.
Considering today's digital landscape, an SOC is of utmost importance. There is an increase in the sophistication and complexity of cybersecurity threats, resulting in severe consequences if an attack is successful. To avoid potential dangers and protect assets, SOCs provide organizations with a proactive and holistic approach to cybersecurity.
Organizations can also take advantage of the SOC to comply with regulatory requirements, including GDPR and HIPAA. Industries that handle sensitive data, such as financial, health care, and personally identifiable information, primarily rely on compliance with regulatory bodies for their business operations. SOC can help them do that.
An SOC is an essential component of an organization's cybersecurity strategy. It provides a centralized team responsible for monitoring, detecting, analyzing and responding to security incidents. The SOC team helps organizations avoid threats and protect their assets, including data, systems and networks. With the increasing complexity and sophistication of cybersecurity threats, a SOC is essential to modern business operations.
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Anique Alam is a Senior Manager with the firm's outsourced IT services group. With over 20 years of experience, Anique specializes in providing services to a diverse client base across retail, legal, distribution, real estate, and healthcare industries.
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