A security operations center (SOC), also called an information security operations center (ISOC), is a centralized location where an information security team monitors, detects, analyzes, and responds to cybersecurity incidents, typically on a 24/7/365 basis.
Most SOC providers utilize some sort of SIEM or Log Analytics tool to help identify the threats in your organization and to better mitigate the threats and risks easily. Without the right Log Analytics solution, your SOC provider will be spending countless hours, days, or weeks trying to stop the intrusions, security threats, data breaches, network attacks, and performance issues that affect an organization.
So, how do you know if the right solution is helping the SOC secure your enterprise? Well, there are THREE key areas that an organization should focus on:
1. Architecture & Technology
Are you using the best technology to help your SOC operations?
The first area to look at is the Architecture & Technology of the Log Analytics Solution.
To get the right solution, the key is utilizing the best technology for
- higher data ingest
- faster insight creation
- greater data storage
In order to have the speed & power needed to secure your enterprise, the solution needs to have Big Data. With this architecture, the solution will be able to ingest large amounts of data. Next, your SOC team should be using AI and Machine Learning (ML) technology to create more complex analyses and insights in minutes. Finally, you want a solution that integrates well with all your applications to create a single-pane view.
2. Detailed Analyses & Correlations
What insights is your team creating or finding?
Without the right solution in place that is continuing to adapt to your enterprise and the overall environment, your team and organization will not be able to stay ahead of threats and issues.
SmiForce provides over 40+ cybersecurity analyses and threat assessments to help your organization stay multiple steps ahead of threats & risks. With our AI and Machine Learning (ML) technology, SmiForce has the ability to continuously create and adapt analyses to fit the environment we face today.
3. Proactive Alerting
How do you affect change in real-time?
The key to any good SOC operation is having the ability to not only analyze your data through top technology but also be able to act on the insights through a real-time alert mechanism.
In addition to the speed of the alert, you also need to be able to get sound information from your alerts. With SmiForce, we provide your team with the WHO / WHAT / WHERE / WHEN / & WHY for all your threats affecting your enterprise. Instead of receiving 1000+ alerts, SmiForce provides your enterprise ONE alert, with the necessary information you need to address all your threats across all your infrastructure.
At the end of the day, your goal should be to build and sustain a strong cybersecurity practice. It starts with an assessment, then building controls, and finally using a SIEM and Log Management solution to protect your enterprise.