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Guide to the Future SOC

Where are successful security operations centers heading? Read about SOC maturity spanning core capabilities and functions, technologies and platforms, and frameworks.

What is a security operations center (SOC)?

The security operations center is team dedicated to securing the enterprise. There are three large components of a SOC: 1) the people (analysts, architects, managers, and engineers), 2) the technologies and tools used in day to day operations, and 3) the frameworks and methodologies the team puts into practice. The chief objective of the security operations center is to detect, investigate, triage, and respond to real-time and historical threats to reduce cyber risk across the organization.

Clarifying the distinction between the SOC & NOC

Both the security operations center (SOC) and network operations center (NOC) drive critical cybersecurity functions within an organization, each with a different focus. The NOC is designed to identify, mitigate, and respond to network availability and performance issues, while the SOC protects an enterprise’s information assets. In the modern business, the SOC and NOC must work closely together to resolve incidents and keep the business up and running.

Factors That Impact SOC Effectiveness

Below are the common challenges faced by SOC teams:

Critical Functions of the SOC

SOC teams require the right tools and techniques to perform the critical functions in securing the enterprise.

Threat Hunting Techniques

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Threat Detection & Response

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Investigation & Digital Forensics

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Incident Response Plan

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Common Frameworks in a SOC

The weight and complexity of attacks make security frameworks a must-have in the modern SOC. The SOC uses cybersecurity frameworks to guide its approach and understanding of attack and defense strategies and manage and reduce cyber risk.

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Cybersecurity Analytics & Technologies

See how the future SOC is equipped to take on modern threats, including next-gen security analytics, community threat sharing, and orchestration and automation.

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