A Security Operations Center (SOC) is the team within an organization responsible for detecting, preventing, investigating, and responding to cyber threats. A SOC should perform round-the-clock monitoring of an organization’s network and address potential threats to sensitive data, computing systems, and an organization’s other digital resources.
With the growing threat of cyberattacks, a SOC is vital to an organization’s ability to sustain operations, remain profitable, and achieve and maintain compliance with applicable regulations. However, achieving a high level of security maturity via an in-house SOC can be expensive and time-consuming. For this reason, many organizations are considering outsourced security services, such as SOC-as-a-Service offerings.
A number of different factors impact an organization’s ability to operate an effective and mature SOC in-house. The cybersecurity talent shortage makes skilled personnel difficult and expensive to attract and retain. Additionally, effective cybersecurity requires investment in an array of security solutions designed to address and mitigate a wide variety of potential threats.
SOC-as-a-Service offerings allow an organization to outsource their security responsibilities to a third-party provider. Instead of manning a full-service SOC in-house, the SOC-as-a-Service provider takes responsibility for the round-the-clock networking monitoring and defense required to protect against modern cyber threats.
With a SOC-as-a-Service offering, an organization is handing off security responsibility to a team of security specialists. These types of managed SOC services provide a number of benefits to an organization, such as:
Despite the many benefits of a SOC-as-a-Service offering, outsourcing security is not always a simple task. Some challenges that organizations opting for managed SOC services commonly encounter include:
The decision to go with a SOC-as-a-Service offering vs. an in-house SOC depends on an organization’s unique situation. For some companies, maintaining a SOC in-house is the best fit for their business needs and existing technology investment, and they have the resources to do so. For others, a managed SOC may enable them to gain a higher level of security maturity at a lower price than is possible otherwise.
However, regardless of the location of an organization’s SOC, having the right tools for the job is essential. SOC analysts need tools that enable them to achieve certainty when working to detect and respond to cyber threats.
Check Point Horizon cuts through the noise to help SOC analysts focus on the true threats to the business and respond rapidly to minimize the cost and damage caused by a cyberattack. To see Check Point Horizon in action, check out this demo. Then, try it out for yourself with a free trial.