Cyberattacks pose a constantly growing challenge to businesses. Few of them have the human and technical resources in their own data centers to manage these risks. But fortunately, the managed services of a security operations center (SOC) provide a solution.
When major cyberattacks have occurred in the past, it has typically taken many months to reveal the perpetrators, the methods used, and the weaknesses they exploit. When companies or public institutions are inadequately protected, the initial breaches also usually remain undetected for a long time. Botnets recruit "digital armies" that can be mustered for denial of service attacks and assaults on critical infrastructure in banking and insurance, energy and other utilities, and transportation.
Security operations centers identify risks early
Early detection and rapid analysis of security risks and threats are growing in importance alongside prevention and protection. But companies often lack the human and technical resources for this, and especially the comprehensive IT security expertise needed to implement their own security operations center (SOC), operate it around the clock, and regularly upgrade it with the latest security technologies. However, customized modular managed security services from a local SOC specialist that is part of a global network can enable them to proactively and efficiently manage security risks and maximize their protection from cyber threats.
Comprehensive range of SOC services
The managed security services of an SOC include monitoring and analyzing the current threat landscape and proactively managing risks, in addition to a wide range of other services such as virus protection, email, network and firewall security, remote access, identity and access control, endpoint security, encryption, and protection from cyberattacks of all kinds.
Security information and event management (SIEM) is another important service in this context. It captures, analyzes and correlates information and events with antivirus software, intrusion control and user authentication solutions, etc. Other possible functions include threat intelligence, monitoring and analyzing network and user behavior, advanced analytics, and active defense mechanisms.
Managed Security Services is a holistic concept that encompasses the entire spectrum of end-to-end security services. It includes infrastructure management with device and change management, security analysis, monitoring, and reporting with derived recommendations for action.
These days, companies must make sure that they have an effective and reliable security solution in place. They have to meet their own IT security needs while also complying with legal regulations such as the IT Security Act and the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation. The IT security solution should also safeguard personal and critical business data to ensure reliable, problem-free IT operations.
Besides supporting companies with advanced risk management, an SOC service also relieves them of the considerable burden of implementing, operating and continually updating personnel- and cost-intensive IT security infrastructure. Although an SOC service cannot guarantee absolute protection from cyber intruders, it helps reduce the current average detection time of about 200 days (as documented by studies) to just a few hours.