The assets are to be monitored to ensure that the SOC protecting an organisation can detect, prevent, and defend the enterprise against any attacks.
To secure the infrastructure and data, SOC teams and SOC staff should know where they are and understand priorities and who should have access.
Accuracy in assigning priority to assets determines how well the security operations centre will manage its time and resources.
Raising your visibility is critical because it makes it easy for your SOC to stop any attackers and threats to your organisation and minimise the locations where attackers can hide.
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQS)
A) What are the popular tools used in a Security Operations Centre (SOC)?
Data Monitoring Tools
Endpoint Protection Systems
Automated Application Security
Asset Discovery Systems
Security and Information Event Management (SIEM)
B) What skill sets are needed in your Security Operations Centre (SOC)?
Your security operations centre will need people with different skillsets and specialist roles which may include but are not limited to:
These are the individuals who guide the SOC (security operations centre) and report directly at the executive level, and their responsibilities include recruiting, setting priorities and strategies, budgeting, and acquisition.
The SOC manager also oversees the Security Operation Centre teams and ensure they respond to threats effectively.
An incident responder reacts to alerts as soon as possible, analyses every incident, and proposes a relevant action.
They use various monitoring services to rank how severe the alerts are and engage with the affected enterprise to start recovery efforts.
A SOC analyst is responsible for reviewing incidents or events in organisations and finding the root cause.
The skills and experience retained by each analyst will vary, and it is important that this role is filled with someone who meets the requirements of the SOC and the clients it supports.
Threat hunters are proactive team members who frequently perform testing and live investigations across an environment to identify any potential incidents, weaknesses, or attacks.
Their role is critical within the SOC because they are responsible for identifying vulnerabilities and pre-emptive behaviours indicative of an attack before threat actors can exploit them.
How well equipped the security operations centre is, will be determined by how well it can protect organisations from cyber threats. It was worth noting that that cybersecurity analysts have integral skills required to perform the role.
Additionally, tools and resources are available, providing a plethora of active response capabilities to any developing attack.
A fully equipped SOC team will have both the skills and resources at their disposal to protect the client environment and is a critical line of defence for any enterprise.
C) Why may your organisation require a SOC?
To reduce its risk from cyber-attacks
To ensure your organisation meets regulatory requirements (such as those organisations that have access to sensitive data).
An organisation that has the budget to invest in their own in-house or external SOC provider (because of lack of knowledgable staff).
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