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In today’s fast moving and ever-changing digital landscape, technology alone is an insufficient form of defence to protect your business.

Effective cyber security requires a careful combination of technology, intelligence and expertise. A Security Operations Centre (SOC) is an effective way to strike this balance, providing the full capabilities needed to detect and respond to threats, 24/7.

SOC - Security Operations Centre diagram

What is a SOC?

A Security Operations Centre (SOC) is a facility that houses a dedicated team responsible for maintaining and improving an organisation’s cyber security. This team, typically comprised of security analysts, engineers and incident responders, is charged with around-the-clock monitoring of network infrastructure and well as the configuration and management of all deployed security technologies.


What does a SOC do?

Using a combination of prevention, detection and deception technologies, as well as a range of in-house and external threat intelligence sources, a SOC is designed to detect threats across networks and endpoints and provide the information and guidance needed to remediate them quickly and effectively.

Functions performed by a SOC may include:
• Log management and monitoring
SIEM, IDS and other system tuning
• Triage and analysis of alarms
• Vulnerability management
• Incident management
• Root cause analysis
• Patching and remediation guidance

Achieving a SOC capability should be a priority for any business seeking to achieve a high level of cyber security.


The difficulties of building an in-house SOC

Across industries, there is a growing need for businesses to proactively hunt for and eliminate threats before they cause serious financial and reputational damage. However, the cost of setting up an in-house SOC to perform these vital functions is often out of reach to all but the largest organisations.

Protecting your business against the latest cyber threats demands a range of technologies to prevent and gain visibility of malicious activity across your IT environment but these are often costly, high maintenance and can quickly become obsolete. Many security systems generate a large volume of alerts, and without a specialist team dedicated to investigating them, it can be easy to get buried in the noise.

In the face of a global security skills shortage, the specialist personnel a SOC requires can be difficult to find, and expensive to recruit and retain. To ensure round-the-clock protection, organisations need enough staff to cover three 8-hour shifts a day, 24/7/365.


The benefits of outsourcing your SOC needs

SOC as-a-service is a hassle-free and cost-effective option for organisations that lack the necessary resources to build an in-house operation.

By deploying, configuring and maintaining your chosen security products and providing the security experts and threat intelligence needed to hunt for threats 24/7, an outsourced SOC reduces the complexity of managing disparate security technologies and provides the threat notification and remediation advice needed to respond effectively to attack.

Outsourcing SOC functions to a specialist security provider relieves the stress on internal IT teams often burdened with the responsibility of maintaining security alongside other network management tasks.


How Redscan can help

ThreatDetect™, Redscan’s flagship and award-winning MDR service, helps organisations to overcome their security challenges by providing continuous threat detection and incident response as part of one affordable monthly subscription.

Our ‘red’ and ‘blue’ team SOC as-a-service experts are trained to the highest professional standards, utilising best-in-class detection technologies and a combination of intelligence from leading external exchanges and internal Redscan Labs research to identify threats and breaches in their infancy, and provide clear advice and remediation guidance.

Find out more about our ThreatDetect service


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About the author

The Redscan Marketing and Communications team.