How to improve the effectiveness of your SOC

The cybersecurity threat landscape is rapidly evolving, and organizations’ attack surfaces are expanding due to widespread adoption of cloud computing, the Internet of Things (IoT), mobile devices, and remote work. As a result, Security Operations Center (SOC) teams are struggling to keep up and stay a step ahead of cybercriminals.

An attack that is missed or undetected can cause catastrophic financial loss. The average cost of a data breach is $3.86 million, and, for enterprises with over 25,000 employees, this number grows to $5.52 million. With over 7,000 breaches reported in 2019 alone, the cost to organizations with poor cybersecurity is significant.

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Implementing the right tools, procedures and processes

The SOC team is responsible for maintaining an organization’s cybersecurity. This includes performing 24/7 monitoring of the organization’s environment and investigating and responding to any potential security incidents.

The size of the SOC team can vary depending on the size of an organization, its commitment to cybersecurity, and other factors. However, the current cybersecurity skills gap means that most organizations are struggling to fill critical roles within their security teams and that SOC teams are smaller than they should be.

The inability of the SOC to grow as their responsibilities expand means that SOC teams must maximize their efficiency to be effective. To do so, they need to implement the right tools, procedures, and processes.

  • Reduce time to response

It is important for the SOC analyst to be able to quickly detect signs of an attack, investigate the associated activity, and start remediation to shut down the threat. The less time that cyber attackers have to poke around unrestricted on organizational systems, the less opportunity they have to break into high-value assets and steal sensitive information.

Check Point Horizon enables SOC security teams to expose, investigate, and shut down attacks faster and with 99.9% precision. Horizon automatically identifies even the stealthiest attacks from millions of daily logs and alerts with unrivalled accuracy, powered by AI-based incident analysis.

  • Minimize breach impact

Everything a SOC does comes down to minimizing the impact of breaches to the organization. The SOC’s work on cutting down on attack dwell time—the time before detection — helps minimize breach impact. Effective SOCs can make all the difference in detecting and remediating minor security incidents before they become a major breach. Prioritization of security incidents based on severity and contextualized, rich threat intelligence can help SOC teams quickly detect and respond to threats.

Horizon automatically triages alerts to enable a SOC team to identify and respond quickly to the most critical attacks. Horizon is powered by ThreatCloud, the world’s most powerful threat intelligence database, enabling teams to quickly search for in-depth live intelligence on any indicator of compromise (IOC), including global spread, attack timelines and patterns, malware DNA and more. This enables SOC teams to overcome common challenges and achieve the certainty that they need to do their job.

  • Increase security visibility

SOC operators understand that the more they know about their systems, the easier it will be to identify attacks against them.

Horizon utilizes AI-based incident analysis to pinpoint real security incidents across your networks, cloud, endpoints, mobile devices, and IoT. The overview dashboard enables the SOC team to clearly see their organization’s security posture through a single pane of glass.

  • Stay a step ahead of attackers

SOCs aim to move beyond reactive incident response and strive to evolve their activities to include proactive threat hunting. The stealthiest attackers work hard to avoid detection, which is why veteran SOC analysts sift through digital clues to find early evidence of attacks that may not always trigger alarms but are nonetheless worth investigation.

Horizon exposes even the stealthiest attacks with 99.9% precision by leveraging a multi-layered approach to detection:

#1. Enterprise-Wide Visibility: Analyzing network, cloud, endpoint, mobile, and IoT events over an extended period of time.

#2. External Threat Visibility: Leveraging ThreatCloud’s global visibility into real-time internet traffic to detect external threats outside the organization.

#3. Threat Intelligence: Enriching every alert with threat intelligence and with the power of ThreatCloud and connecting the dots with big data analysis to uncover the most sophisticated attacks, such as those performed by advanced persistent threats (APTs).

#4. AI-Generated Verdict: Running AI-based incident analysis on top of the aggregated information (from all the layers mentioned above) to accurately determine whether an event relates to malicious activity. Horizon SOC’s AI-based engines have been trained and validated by some of the world’s largest SOCs.

Horizon provides you with the tools and threat intelligence that enable you to conduct in-depth and faster investigations. With Horizon, you can perform a search on any IOCs to obtain rich, contextualized threat intelligence that includes geographical spread, targeted industries, attack timeline, and methods.

Optimizing Your SOC’s Performance with Horizon

Check Point Horizon, a cloud-based platform that enables security teams to expose, investigate, and shut down attacks faster, and with 99.9% precision, can dramatically increase the effectiveness of your organization’s SOC team. Horizon unifies threat prevention, detection, investigation and remediation in a single platform to give unrivalled security and operational efficiency.

Contact us to learn more about Horizon and how it can help to improve your organization’ security posture. Of course, you’re also welcome to  request a demo to see Horizon in action.

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