In the age of the digital world, owning a Security Operations Center (SOC) is vital for the cybersecurity of every organization. However, it is not necessarily true that every SOC is effective against cyber threats and attacks. The main reason behind this fact is a lack of standardized SOC frameworks. SOC framework requires a document to be designed to provide guidelines, requirements, and specifications in order to support cybersecurity operations effectively.
As per Gartner definition, SOAR is the set of technologies that allow enterprises to collect security threats’ alerts and data from multiple sources, and then perform incident analysis and remediation process by using both human skills and machine power together to help in defining, prioritizing, and driving standardized incident response activities in accordance with a standard workflow. The SOAR tools enable companies to describe incident analysis and response procedures, also known as “Plays” in a Security Operations Playbook, in a digital workflow format.
SOC architecture is a vital component to consider when building an effective and reliable SOC. It includes the consideration of SOC locations and centralization, SOC architecture and organizational size, SOC staffing, and SOC mixing up with a cloud. The subsequent sections delve into these essential points in great details.
In the evolving world of technology, cybersecurity threats are growing exponentially and, therefore, enterprises are seeking for standardized and automated Security Operation Centers (SOCs) to address these threats effectively. Though SOC standardization and Automation is of paramount importance, yet there are some other critical factors that must be considered when building an effective and reliable SOC.
A Security Operation Center (SOC) can be either a team who works 24/7 in shifts or a facility dedicated and well-organized to detect, prevent, assess, and respond to cyber-threats and incidents and helps to achieve compliance requirements.
According to the Future SOC: SANS 2017 Security Operation Center Survey, “A SOC is a team that is primarily composed of security analysts organized to analyze, detect, respond, report, and prevents the cybersecurity incidents.”