How to Build a SOC with Limited Resources

Your guide to detecting and responding to threats fast—even if you don’t have a 24×7 SOC. Some organisations have formal security operations centres (SOCs). Formal 24×7 SOCs are tightly secured areas where teams of dedicated analysts carefully monitor for threats around the clock, every day of the year.

The analysts are checking their organisation’s enterprise security controls to identify possible signs of intrusion and compromise that may require a response by the organisation’s incident responders.

Unfortunately, most organisations cannot afford a 24×7 SOC. The cost of having well-trained analysts onsite at all times outweighs the benefit for almost every organisation. Instead, most organisations either make do with an informal SOC comprised of a small number of analysts who have many other duties to perform or have no SOC at all and rely on borrowing people from other roles when needed. Security events are not consistently monitored around the clock. This leads to major delays in responding to many incidents, while other incidents go completely unnoticed. It’s a dangerous situation that results in damaging cyber incidents. It is also highly unlikely that analysts will have any time to be proactive in looking for threats and attacks. And when an event does occur, many organisations are not able to efficiently and effectively respond, because they do not have formal incident response processes and capabilities in place.

For organisations caught between the prohibitive cost of a formal SOC and the wholly inadequate protection from an informal SOC, there is a solution: building a SOC that automates as much of the SOC work as possible. Automation can help a team perform constant security event monitoring and analysis in order to detect possible intrusions. It can also provide incident response automation and orchestration capabilities to manage and expedite incident handling. A threat lifecycle management platform is the ideal foundation for building a SOC because it provides all of these automated capabilities in a single, fully integrated system.