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SOC-as-a-Service from VISTA InfoSec

Each year, data security becomes an ever more critical concern among enterprise businesses as cyberattacks become increasingly rapid and widespread. Throughout the business, government and healthcare sectors, attacks have persisted with great frequency despite the use of advanced high-tech, in-house security systems. In more than a third of these cases, the attacks occur within seconds, leaving the targeted parties little time to redouble or recoup their losses.
For all of these reasons and more, SOC-as-a-service for enterprises is a crucial investment for businesses of various types and magnitudes. With SOC-as-a-service for businesses, companies have their networks analyzed by a managed security operations center. This allows companies to focus on their core strengths and also reap the benefits of the most advanced engineering talent on the cybersecurity front.



What Is A SOC?

A security operations center (SOC) is a facility that houses an information security team that works with organizations to monitor and analyze an organization’s security stance on an ongoing basis to protect them against cyberattacks. SOC staffconsists of cybersecurity experts with extensive backgrounds in cybersecurity operations, security analysts and engineers who are trained to studying the latest cybersecurity threats and developing their countermeasuresto ensure the safety of client’s IT networks.
SOC staff utilize a range of tools that are designed to spot system vulnerabilities and prevent possible incidences of cybersecurity theft. When new viruses arise and begin to infect company systems, SOC teams are there to stop the spreading of these viruses and remove such bugs from the systems of infected companies.



What Is SOC-As-a-Service?

Having an in-house SOC is an expensive affair. Small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) face a challenge in that they have many of the same security issues as a large enterprise but lack the budget and expertise to address them. As they lack the budget necessary to fully secure their organization with an in-house security operations center (SOC). Without a SOC, SMBs are like lower hanging fruits, unable to rapidly detect and respond to advanced threats before they do damage, leaving their organizations especially vulnerable to cyber-attacks.
SOC-as-a-service is a subscription or software-based service that manages and monitors your logs, devices, clouds, network and assets for internal IT teams 24/7. The service provides companies with the knowledge and skills necessary to combat cybersecurity threats.



Why Use a SOC-As-a-Service?

With SOC-as-a-service, companies get the kind of protection that stand-alone hardware security systems are unable to offer. With more than half of companies hit by cyber intrusions, any company that connects its computers to the internet could have its data stolen or its system infected by thieves or malicious intruders. SOC-as-a-service takes security to a new level with protection layers that defy even the slyest of cyber criminals.
SOC-as-a-service puts dedicated security engineers in charge of monitoring the network activity of client businesses. With advanced skills and training, SOC engineers supply vital security updates as well as regular reports that assess the current state of network activity. With SOC-as-a-service, companies have better peace of mind knowing their computer systems are in the best of hands with advanced security.



How Does SOC-As-a-Service Benefit Enterprise Businesses?

SOC-as-a-service provides numerous security benefits for businesses that operate in today’s often rocky and volatile cyber world. By hiring third-party SOC teams to monitor company networks for security events, companies can save time and resources that might otherwise be spent analyzing their own networks for the off-chance of cyber intrusions.
With so many hackers hatching cyber-intrusion schemes around the world, few companies are safe from data leaks and viruses unless they take sufficient steps to identify and combat such threats. SOC-as-a-service teams consist of engineers who are trained with the most up-to-date cybersecurity skills, the likes of which are rare yet necessary in the modern digital climate. Here are some of those advantages :

1. Cuts Costs on Expensive Technology
With SOC-as-a-service, companies can cut down on the expenses typically associated with cybersecurity yet enjoy advanced protection from cyber intrusions. Since the SOC teams operate off site, the hardware systems that are required to combat today’s hackers are all set up elsewhere to protect client businesses.
For businesses large and small, SOC-as-a-service makes it possible to allocate more company resources to doing what companies do best — focusing on promoting their own products and services and leaving security up to trained professionals. A company with a fairly basic, up-to-date security arsenal can hire SOC-as-a-service, and the engineers who run the third-party service can handle the nitty gritty of security enforcement.


2. Uses Machine and Human Elements to Analyze Millions of Events in Real Time
SOC-as-a-service teams utilize engineering expertise and the most advanced computerized machinery to scan millions of events that transpire in real-time across vast computer networks. When suspicious activity is spotted, SOC teams alert all the companies that could potentially be affected by such threats the moment any discrepancies appear on the radar.
Best of all, SOC-as-a-service teams monitor these activities around the clock to ensure that no cybersecurity threats go undetected for any significant length of time. Oftentimes, hackers operate in the wee hours of the morning when company offices are closed. This allows cyber-thieves a window of time to infect networks and steal classified data. With SOC-as-a-service, engineers work around the clock to close this window of opportunity.


3. Ranks Assets, Alerts, Threats and Severity
SOC-as-a-service allows companies to rank the importance of layers of data and determine the severity of threats that surface on the radars of computer networks. As with PC antivirus software, “threats” can show up at various levels on a computer system, many of which are benign. Others really do require action.
For many companies, tracing cyber threats is a confusing and time-consuming process due to the vast range of harmless and more critical discrepancies that emerge on network radars. With SOC-as-a-service, companies can more easily distinguish true threats and act upon those problems with focus and urgency.


4. Manages Response
SOC-as-a-service is essential for businesses because it offers proactive detection and security against targeted attacks. Some of the worst types of cybercrimes are those that target specific companies for highly classified info, such as the identities and credit card information of account holders for a company or service. The 2017 data breach of Equifax was an extreme example of the consequences at stake when an online company lacks sufficient cybersecurity.
SOC-as-a-service also fills in the gaps that are often present within a security infrastructure. For the company that divides its own attention between various layers of management, weaknesses are bound to exist within the company’s pre-existing security parameters. Given the small number of security engineers who are trained to handle today’s most advanced threats, most businesses lack sufficient in-house talent to handle such threats. Thankfully, companies can close these security gaps with SOC-as-a-service.


5. Offers Advanced Intelligence Gathering, Threat Assessment, Planning and Awareness Training
As cyber criminals become more covert and intricate in their techniques, security standards must constantly be updated to prevent company systems from being penetrated:

  • With each new widespread security upgrade, hackers devise new ways to bypass system security parameters
  • New levels of skill are required to combat these threats.

SOC-as-a-service teams are staffed with engineers who possess the most advanced skills for handling the kinds of attacks that are perpetrated by today’s cyber criminals.
SOC-as-a-service makes it possible for companies to remain secure against the most advanced threats by offering a coordinated approach to intelligence gathering. With up-to-the-minute threat assessments, companies can develop more foolproof plans for security response the moment potential threats emerge on the radar.
With SOC-as-a-service, companies gain the insights required to execute counter-measures when threats appear on the radar. In doing so, companies can take policy setting and awareness training to new levels of foolproof excellence. Basically, by employing SOC-as-a-service, companies become more knowledgeable on the vital matters of system security and how such matters change with each successive generation of firewalls and threats.


6. Includes Compliance Reporting
SOC-as-a-service is offered at different levels to suit the unique needs of a vast range of businesses. For the company that wants basic security against cyber threats, SOC-as-a-service is offered at standard levels that consist of daily motoring and status reports, 365 days per year. For the company that wants the most advanced degrees of protection, SOC-as-a-service can be purchased at premium levels that consist of hourly monitoring and status reports, 24/7, 365 days per year.
For the smaller company that doesn’t store vast databases or operate high-tech infrastructures, the basic level of SOC-as-a-service is often the preferred method of security. On the other hand, companies that operate on huge networks with extensive logs of critical data will generally need the most advanced levels of SOC-as-a-service.


7. Provides Full SIEM Management
The tiers of SOC-as-a-service also operate at different levels of involvement with company clients. While some companies wish to receive status reports on security threats and use that info to enact security measures, other companies want full security information and event management (SIEM) service where everything is handled by the third party.
In a hybrid model of SOC-as-a-service, the SOC provider offers a cloud-based SIEM service that the company client uses to monitor and correct its own security events. Some companies even go for a more autonomous approach, where they maintain their own in-house SIEM system but seek a third party to remotely monitor security alerts during off hours and holidays. Whether a company prefers full or partial SIEM management, the security benefits are vital in today’s cyber climate.


8. Delivers Advanced Protection against Perimeter and Insider Threats
With SOC-as-a-service, a company is alerted to targeted attacks the moment they appear on the radar. Moreover, SOC-as-a-service teams can also spot insider threats to the security of company databases. In some instances of cyber-theft, crimes are committed by rogues on the inside — people who know about a company’s private information, and know of its value and where it can be found. SOC-as-a-service allows businesses to take immediate action against such threats.
Inside threats can also stem from malware transferred onto a local system via:

  • Thumb drives
  • Email attachments
  • Other foreign sources

While there is usually neither an outside threat or guilty party in such instances, the problem can quickly spiral out of hand if the issue isn’t dealt with promptly with sufficient remedial action. Trouble is, such viruses are often not caught until they’ve spread. With SOC-as-a-service, company clients are notified the moment internal issues arise on a local system.