One Step Ahead of the Latest Cyber Threats
In the modern world, there's a greater threat landscape than ever. Attackers are highly skilled, and financially and geopolitically motivated, bypassing security controls with more stealth than ever before. The Modern SOC operates under the assumption that breaches will occur, with the mission of detecting and responding to those cyber threats faster and in the most effective way to minimize harm and incident cost.
Forces Driving a Modern SOC
Security teams are hard at work, but despite their best efforts, incidents continue to grow for a number of reasons that drive the adoption of a modern SOC
What Makes a Modern SOC Different?
A modern SOC must not only identify threats that slip pass into the environment, but be able to analyze, investigate and respond to them, report the vulnerabilities discovered, and determine how to anticipate similar occurrences in the future.
Hardening and Prevention
Reducing the attack surface and reinforcing prevention methods are always more effective than reaction. By doing so, the SOC team can focus on detecting unknown, sophisticated threats that go under the radar and stop them before any damage.
Hunting effectiveness depends on the enriched historical and real-time activity data. The right data with the right security analytics enable a SOC’s hunters to detect, validate hypotheses, and roll them out as automated detections quickly and accurately.
Ingestion and Detection of Indicators
Modern SOCs ingest data collected from the network at scale, normalizing and enriching it with security intelligence. Big data analytics and machine learning analyze the enriched data to identify and prioritize indicators of suspicious activity.
Incident Validation and Investigation
In a modern SOC, analysts leverage correlation rules and analytics to quickly validate being under an attack, and go deeper to determine the nature of a threat, the extent to which it has penetrated the organization, and the different tools and techniques leveraged by the threat actor.
Response, Recovery and Lessons Learned
The SOC team may respond by isolating devices, killing processes, or deleting files, and they may co-work with IT to restore systems and recover any lost data. The lessons-learned stage is a time to question how and why the incident occurred and what can be done to avoid future incidents.
Ready to Build Your Modern SOC?
The requirements for SOCs have evolved in recent years as attack volumes have surged and threats have grown more sophisticated. Modern SOCs automate critical but repetitive tasks while elevating the maturity and efficiency of the security operations team. Be sure to consider the right capability to support your security operation team to succeed.
|Key Capabilities||Traditional SOC||Modern SOC|
|Visibility and activity monitoring||✓|
|Suspicious activity detection||✓|
|Security analytics on activity (telemetry)||✓|
|Collaborative Incident case management||✓|
|Incident root cause analysis||✓|
|Incident course of actions||✓|
|Response – manual or automatic||Optional|
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is the increase in data breach costs from 2020 to 2021
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Building a SOC Internally Isn't Easy
It can be hard to build and maintain a modern SOC, or unrealistic. For most businesses, working with a SOC service provider allows them to:
- Improve security strategies
- Stay a step ahead of threats
- Access the latest technology for detection and response
- Improve their overall cybersecurity posture
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