What is a SOC

A Security Operations Centre (SOC) is a centralised function that is responsible for managing and maintaining an organisations cyber security defences and protecting and responding to any threats or attacks.

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Why you need a Security Operations Centre (SOC)

To defend against modern cyber threats organisations must adapt and no longer rely on traditional perimeter firewalls and anti-virus measures alone.

To survive with today’s ever-changing threat landscape, they must be able to constantly monitor their critical networks and devices on premise, in the cloud, and in remote locations to identify and contain potential threats before they can cause harm.

That’s where a Security Operations Centre (SOC) can help.

The 2018 (ISC)² Cybersecurity Workforce Study, found that 63% of organisations have a shortage of dedicated cyber security staff and 58% felt they were at risk because of this.

What a SOC does

A SOCs objective is to detect, analyse and stop any threats or intrusions keeping the organisation’s infrastructure, systems, data and users protected and making sure cyber defences are intact and hardened.

Staffed by a team of highly skilled security analysts, engineers, researchers and responders, a SOC uses a range of leading security technologies to continuously monitor threats and vulnerabilities across the IT environment.

The SOC team monitors and analyses activity across networks, servers, endpoints, databases, applications, websites, and other systems, looking for anomalous and unusual activity that may indicate a security incident or compromise has taken place.

A SOC is responsible for ensuring that these potential incidents are correctly identified, analysed, defended, investigated, and reported.

Their overarching goal is to prevent any security incidents from happening in the first place or if not, quickly responding to contain and eliminate any that bypass defences.

Why outsource your SOC

Creating an in-house SOC requires a huge amount of expertise and upfront investment in technology and specialist staff with high ongoing operating costs.

Most organisations simply do not have the time, resources or budget to do this internally.

In organisations without their own SOC the responsibility of managing cyber security often falls on internal IT staff who do not have the tools or skill set needed to do this effectively.

Adding to this, as identified in the 2018 (ISC)² Cybersecurity Workforce Study, there is a major shortage of skilled cyber security professionals globally making it harder to employ the right specialist staff needed.

Because of this, many organisations opt to outsource their SOC to Managed Security Service Providers (MSSPs) like Air Sec.

But Air Sec can help

Our managed SOC-as-service is a quick and convenient way of achieving an advanced, next generation threat detection and incident response service, at a fraction of the cost of establishing your own one internally.

Key benefits

The key benefits of outsourcing your SOC operation or using SOC-as-service (SOCaaS) include:

  • Cheaper than establishing own internal SOC
  • No upfront investment or ongoing operational costs
  • Avoid expense & difficulty of employing own expert staff
  • Access next generation threat detection & incident response
  • Access team of highly skilled security professionals dedicated to you
  • Enhance skills & capabilities of your internal IT team
  • Allow internal IT to focus on own strengths e.g. user support, projects
  • Fixed monthly fees, so easy to budget
  • Close any vulnerabilities & security loopholes quickly
  • Stop threats & breaches before they happen
  • Mitigates any security risks providing peace of mind
  • Meet compliance & security standards
  • 24/7 monitoring with full visibility of complete environment
  • Up-to-minute intelligence preventing emerging threats

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