It’s Time to Evolve Your Protection with a Modern SOC

 In Cybersecurity

Protecting your enterprise from breaches and bad guys in the cloud era means staying several steps ahead. If your Security Operations Center (SOC) fails to keep up with changing technologies and tactics, your risks multiply significantly.

The enterprise SOC assumes responsibility for centralized, consolidated cybersecurity ranging from incident prevention through detection and response. Tasks typically focus on security monitoring as well as device management, threat intelligence, incident response, and training.

Too many enterprises, however, lack a modern SOC structure and the components they need to adequately recognize and respond to issues. The growing wave of digital transformation and cloud migration compounds difficulties by taking security out of IT’s hands. Everyone from marketing to manufacturing can access apps and data, increasing the attack surface and complicating protection across diverse hybrid environments.

How can you tell if your enterprise has a modern SOC capable of maximizing protection? The modern SOC involves a mix of:

  • Processes beyond alert triage that include hunting and proactive data exploration, with the selective use of outsourcing
  • People—both in-house and from third-party partners—with specialized skills, such as analysts who investigate and respond to alerts and create detection content
  • Tools for risk-based analysis, rationalization of the tech stack, and automated monitoring and response

Among the most notable differences between an older and modern SOC: allocation of personnel.

Think of threat detection and alerts in terms of three levels, with one being the lowest priority and three the highest. In an older SOC model, all levels require human intervention. The modern SOC has introduced new efficiencies via sophisticated monitoring and automation, so only level-three threats require teams on the ground making changes.

Building the Modern Model    

The modern SOC comes in three varieties, listed here in order from least to most popular:

  • The 100% in-house model, a rarity that requires Fortune-50 level resources to build and operate.
  • The 100% outsourced model. It sounds enticing, but enterprises often fail to realize they still own all the risk, not their managed security service provider (MSSP), and that providers don’t fill all the gaps.
  • The hybrid model, which combines in-house and MSSP resources to provide enterprise-wide protection.

The hybrid model is the prevailing favorite for good reason: Cybersecurity responsibilities are split. Certain core tasks, such as data classification and incident remediation and handling, remain with your internal team. MSSP specialists take on functions or provide technologies related to basic event monitoring, threat intelligence, and incident response components, among others.

In our experience, most enterprises are unsatisfied with their MSSP. Problems run the gamut—some companies just aren’t the right fit for your current tech stack, some have slow response times, and so on. In cybersecurity, “you get what you pay for” almost always ends up being true. It’s imperative to find the right partner for your use cases and security profile.

Bringing SOCs Up to Speed 

Stratascale’s advisory team helps enterprises build a modern SOC that meets their needs and works realistically within their budget. The first steps include building security use cases and documenting requirements around the top business risks, determining how these fit with the SOC model, and aligning them with required security capabilities.

Playing the role of matchmaker, Stratascale identifies potential MSSP options that best fill capability and technology gaps. Once the partnership is established, Stratascale supports developing communication channels that optimize two-way interactions with the MSSP.

Stratascale also offers attack surface management and validation services. Security specialists continually monitor and proactively “attack” customers to reveal potential vulnerabilities.

Where many advisory service providers lean heavily on automated vulnerability assessments, Stratascale keeps people at the forefront. Human intervention is essential for replicating the evolved approach of bad actors and the sophistication of today’s threats. With experts probing for weaknesses in multiple ways and stages, you gain a more complete, accurate sense of your SOC’s capabilities along with clear steps for improvement.

Contact Stratascale today to find out more about improving security for your enterprise now and for the long run with a modern SOC model.