What is a SOC? Understanding its role
Before explaining about SOC-as-a-service, here’s a brief explainer on what a SOC is:
A SOC or Security Operations Center is a central platform of an organization that manages and carries out its cybersecurity operations. It consists of a team of information security specialists along with systems and mechanisms to monitor, analyze and manage the organization’s security posture.
The role of a SOC is to prevent, detect, analyze and manage cyber threats across the entire fabric of the organization’s digital infrastructure. It includes networks, servers, databases, applications, websites, and other systems. Today’s business environment is filled with a complex interweb of people, systems and processes. With heightened information security risks and stringent compliance requirements, an effective, well-managed SOC is proving to be a crucial factor in protecting business systems and data.
The typical scope of a SOC’s functions includes agent-based response, asset discovery, vulnerability assessment, intrusion detection, behavioral monitoring, log management, and cloud-based SIEM (security information and event management).