With the digital evolution, the number of attacks and threats to organizations has increased exponentially. As a response, these have decided to take appropriate measures to protect their data and security systems, thus avoiding losses and damages.
This is how SOC as a Service emerged, consisting of continuous monitoring, detection, analysis, and reporting service, responding to incidents, and managing vulnerabilities, thus enabling innovative behaviour, and bringing various advantages to the Information Security area.
How does SOC as a service work?
SOC as a service is a service based on monitoring, executed remotely on networks, applied to all equipment and other assets connected to the organization being monitored (within a pre-established scope). In other words, the SOC collects events from different sources, analyses, identifies anomalies, and filters this process to generate alerts.
Whenever the equipment produces logs and events, these are collected and correlated through security rules allowing a quick assessment of millions of events, to identify irregularities and later being analysed by the SOC operators.
The added value of the SOC as a service is due to the constant monitoring of the events together with the security resources used in the organizations, resources that can be diverse, among them Firewalls, Antivirus, network assets, servers, applications, among others.
Through correlation mechanisms, this analyses the data on events, sending these results to a platform called Security Information and Event Management (SIEM), to transmit all the attacks to a system or network.
Advantages of SOC as a service
Nowadays, where there are more and more attacks on infrastructures or even information theft, it is necessary to have constant visibility of the environment to protect and reduce the exposure of information and mitigate risks.
Thus, through the SOC as a service, all these components are covered, as the SOC provides a generalized view of the entire environment safely and robustly, through a 24x7 operation, thus protecting against criminals that may remain hidden within our corporate environment.
Therefore, we can determine several benefits with the acquisition of SOC as a service, such as:
• Constant Surveillance - 24x7 systems monitoring.
• Security - analysis, and identification of offenses originated by third parties.
• Guaranteed Integrity, Availability, and Confidentiality.
• Flexibility in service management model - 100% outsourced, hybrid or in-house team.
• Evaluation and continuous improvement as a preventive component.
• Access to highly qualified Cybersecurity professionals.
• Access to monitoring and intelligence technologies.
• Strategic reports to share with C-levels.
• More qualified information to support decision-making.
SOC as a Service assumes continuous detection, containment, visibility, correction, and aggregation of intelligence. It can therefore be concluded that organizations with this service are much more efficient when it comes to identifying attacks and responding to incidents, having a preventative capacity in the face of new attack vectors.
By: Renato Rodrigues, Incident Response Analyst at Hardsecure