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What is a Security Operations Center?

Any discussion of the need – for or against – must begin with a definition. Sifers-Grayson was recently faced with a decision to form Security Operations Center (SOC), which understandably was met with certain reservations. So what is a SOC? In short, a SOC is a facility and group of individuals responsible for monitoring for, defending against and responding to threats to the information technology (IT) infrastructure. (Lord, 2017) The immediate concern is budget, both from a payroll stand-point to additional facility costs. While this is certainly a valid concern, this brief will address both the need for a SOC and the benefits derived from having one which we believe outweigh the costs.

What is the need?

Specifically, the need is for a dedicated, singularly focused, security-minded group with all tools necessary to prevent the unthinkable from happening. At one end of the spectrum, a security breach may be as benign as an honest employee violating the End User License Agreement (EULA). At the other end of the spectrum, a state actor may attempt infiltrate the network and compromise years of research leaving Sifers-Grayson in an unrecoverable state and in breach of United States Government (USG) contracts. Regardless of severity, the best chance to address threats in short order is having a SOC. Only a well-staffed, well-appointed SOC will have the know-how and capability to prevent breaches on the order of those associated with Equifax and Target from happening to Sifers-Grayson. (White, n.d.)

What is the benefit?

Obviously, one benefit of having a SOC is the assurance that all steps are being taken to prevent Sifers-Grayson from becoming a statistic in the long list of corporations who fell victim to security breaches. A second benefit which may be more intangible is the value of contracts that may be in play as potential customers see Sifers-Grayson increase its security posture. Finally, and most importantly, should disaster strike, Sifers-Grayson would have a dedicated team fully prepped and capable of handling in short order any security breach regardless of severity. (Cole, 2015)


Cole, E. (2015). Why security operations centers are the key to the future. SearchSecurity. Retrieved 27 November 2017, from

Lord, N. (2017). What is a Security Operations Center (SOC)?. Digital Guardian. Retrieved 27 November 2017, from

White, M. Why Security Operations Center are Critical to Organizations - Information Security Buzz. Information Security Buzz. Retrieved 27 November 2017, from

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