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What is SOC-as-a-Service?

Posted by Steve Harrington on Jun 9, 2020

We recently published a post that defines what a Security Operations Center (SOC). In this post, we’ll break down the basics of SOC-as-a-Service, including what it is and how it helps, and tell you a little about how Cygilant’s  SOC-as-a-Service works. 

 

What is a SOC?

You may have heard the term SOC – or Security Operations Center – used before in reference to a company’s cybersecurity issues. A SOC is a group of cybersecurity experts who work together to monitor the networks, devices, and applications of an organization, looking for potential security problems, malicious behavior, or existing vulnerabilities that could result in a breach or loss of critical data. As a result of their regular monitoring and discovery of security issues, SOCs also help improve security at an organization.

 

A SOC can be established and run by a specific business or organization, or can be its own business or organization, providing its knowledge and skills to customers who don’t have the time, money, or staffing resources to build their own SOC. Read a more in-depth overview of a SOC.

 

What is SOC-as-a-Service?

SOC-as-a-Service provides a business or organization with a SOC run by a vendor security company, instead of setting up and managing their own SOC in-house. SOC-as-a-Service vendors provide the organization, the people, the cybersecurity expertise, the 24x7x365 coverage, and the hands-on service necessary to protect that customer without requiring more people.

 

SOC-as-a-Service acts as an extension of the customer, making it an ideal solution for companies and organizations with limited resources. A SOC-as-a-Service vendor takes on the overhead and hires the people needed to provide customers with the knowledge and skills necessary to combat any cybersecurity threats.

 

Why would you need a SOC-as-a-Service?

SOC-as-a-Service is a cost-effective option for businesses and organizations with limited resources – which could include time, staff and/or money. For most mid-sized businesses, it’s financially impossible for them to hire cybersecurity professionals that are specifically paid to establish and manage an in-house SOC.

 

While resources may be limited, the need for strong, updated, 24x7x365 security protections never goes away and requires constant management – so the answer is to turn to a SOC vendor for help. A SOC-as-a-Service provider can be that extended team for you, detecting potential incidents, and advising on how to solve them.

 

In addition to providing you with the security and staff resources you need, but don’t have, there are a couple of other key benefits that a SOC-as-a-Service arrangement offers:

  • It’s the vendor’s responsibility to remain updated and knowledgeable on all the recent security technology advances and compliance changes for you, such as software patches; and
  • SOC-as-a-Service allows you to focus your time (and your team’s time) on IT and security projects that matter and help move the business forward.

 

How can Cygilant help?

Cygilant can be your SOC-as-a-Service provider. In addition to serving businesses in the United States, we recently opened up a new SOC in Belfast, Northern Ireland. So wherever you’re located, we’d be more than happy to manage your cybersecurity needs.

 

As a customer, you would be assigned your own Cygilant SOC-as-a-Service team that will monitor your systems and network for threats, vulnerabilities and patches all day and night, 24x7x365. It is our job to find any issues and alert you to them, whenever or wherever they might occur.

 

If a threat or vulnerability is identified, our analysts will investigate and triage to determine the threat level. We make quick observations, identify any suspicious activity, provide our customers with detailed reports about security events, highlight policy violations and suggest improvements and remediations.

 

In short, our SOC-as-Service acts as the security team you don’t have.

 

What types of companies and organizations can a SOC-as-a-Service help?

SOC-as-a-Service helps companies and organizations that need a SOC but lack the resources needed to create, manage, and staff their own in-house SOC. A SOC-as-Service helps customers across a variety of industries, including credit unions, financial services, education, technology, and many others.

 

How can I learn more?

If you’d like to learn more about how our SOC-as-a-Service can help your organization, read the paper on benefits of a SOC or contact us at any time.

 

I’m a SOC specialist, is Cygilant hiring?

Yes! Visit our careers page to view open positions: https://www.cygilant.com/careers/.

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