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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)

References:

Cole, E. (2015). Why security operations centers are the key to the future. SearchSecurity. Retrieved 27 November 2017, from http://searchsecurity.techtarget.com/tip/Why-secur...

Lord, N. (2017). What is a Security Operations Center (SOC)?. Digital Guardian. Retrieved 27 November 2017, from https://digitalguardian.com/blog/what-security-ope...

White, M. Why Security Operations Center are Critical to Organizations - Information Security Buzz. Information Security Buzz. Retrieved 27 November 2017, from http://www.informationsecuritybuzz.com/articles/wh...

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MrMark
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Great discussion, I concur with your description of security operation center as a facility
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