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Authors:

Emma Phillips

Publish Date:

27 October 2023

Security Operations Centre

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Security operations to protect your business 24 x 7 with the best in breed cyber security solutions

In most cybersecurity breaches, you will not know you have been compromised until the intruder runs their payload which may encrypt your files. In some compromises, there may not be a payload. The likelihood is that activity such as reconnaissance or data infiltration has been carried out over an extended length of time and is most likely not detected. But…how do you know if you have been compromised?

Arctic Wolf® is the market leader in security operations. Security Operations Centre can help by analysing, in real-time millions of events which your IT systems generate to very quickly detect, respond and recover from advanced threats.

Using the cloud-native Arctic Wolf® Platform, we help organisations end cyber risk by providing security operations as a concierge service. Highly trained Concierge Security® experts work as an extension of internal teams to provide 24×7 monitoring, detection and response, as well as ongoing risk management and fully managed security awareness training to give your business the protection, resilience and guidance you need to defend against cyber threats.

Managed Detection and Response

Dedicated Security Analysts Monitor, Detect, and Respond to Cyberthreats Before They Impact Your Business.

The Arctic Wolf® Managed Detection and Response solution is anchored by a dedicated Concierge Security® Team who monitors your network 24×7, handles log aggregation and correlation, actively hunts for threats, and provides custom alerts and reports when cyberattacks occur.

Managed Risk

Continuous Vulnerability Scanning and Endpoint Analytics Managed by Security Experts.

The Arctic Wolf® Managed Risk solution helps your organisation reduce its attack surface by identifying vulnerabilities within your network on a continuous basis.

Get your business on the front foot

Our dedicated team is available to answer any queries and provide the guidance and support you need. Contact us on 0191 250 3000 or email at [email protected] to learn more about how we can help protect your business.

FAQs

What does a Security Operations Centre (SOC) do?

A SOC, or Security Operations Centre, is a centralised facility or team responsible for monitoring, detecting, and responding to cybersecurity threats and incidents within an organisation. It serves as a dedicated command centre that focuses on maintaining the security and integrity of an organisation’s systems, networks, and data. A SOC typically leverages advanced technologies, such as Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) systems, Intrusion Detection Systems (IDS), and other security tools, to collect and analyse security event data. The SOC team monitors this data in real-time to identify potential security incidents, investigate them, and respond promptly to mitigate the impact of any threats. The goal of a SOC is to enhance an organisation’s overall security posture, protect against cyber threats, and minimise the risk of data breaches or unauthorised access.

How much does a Security Operations Centre (SOC) cost in the UK?

The cost of a Security Operations Centre (SOC) in the UK can vary widely depending on several factors, such as the size of the organisation, the desired level of sophistication, the scope of services offered, and whether the SOC is built in-house or outsourced. It is recommended to consult with cybersecurity service providers to get accurate cost estimates based on specific requirements.

Do I need a Security Operations Centre (SOC)?

The need for a Security Operations Centre (SOC) depends on the size of your organisation, the sensitivity of your data, and the level of cyber threats you face. Generally, organisations that handle sensitive data, have a large online presence, or are subject to industry regulations can greatly benefit from having a SOC in place. A SOC helps detect and respond to security incidents promptly, minimising the potential impact on your business.

What are the components of a Security Operations Centre (SOC)?

A Security Operations Centre (SOC) typically consists of several key components, including:

  • Security Incident and Event Management (SIEM) system for log analysis and correlation.
  • Intrusion Detection and Prevention Systems (IDPS) for monitoring network traffic.
  • Threat intelligence feeds and vulnerability management systems.
  • Incident response team for investigating and mitigating security incidents.
  • Security analysts and engineers responsible for monitoring, analysis, and response.
  • Incident ticketing and tracking system for managing incidents and their resolution.

What are the capabilities of a Security Operations Centre (SOC)?

The capabilities of a Security Operations Centre (SOC) typically include:

  • Real-time monitoring of security events and alerts.
  • Threat detection and analysis.
  • Incident response and management.
  • Vulnerability management.
  • Forensic analysis.
  • Threat intelligence integration.
  • Continuous monitoring of security controls.
  • Regular security assessments and audits.

What are the levels of Security Operations Centre (SOC)?

A Security Operations Centre (SOC) can be classified into different levels depending on their capabilities, resources, and maturity. The common levels are:

  • Level 1: Basic monitoring and triage of security events.
  • Level 2: Advanced monitoring, threat detection, and initial incident response.
  • Level 3: Comprehensive threat detection, incident response, and ongoing management.
  • Level 4: Advanced threat hunting, security analytics, and proactive threat intelligence.

What is the difference between Security Operations Centre (SOC) and Cyber Security Operations Centre (CSOC)?

SOC stands for Security Operations Centre, while CSOC stands for Cyber Security Operations Centre. The terms are often used interchangeably. However, some organisations may use “CSOC” to emphasise a stronger focus on cybersecurity and advanced threat detection capabilities.

How do I set up my own Security Operations Centre (SOC)?

Setting up your own SOC requires careful planning and consideration. It involves defining objectives, identifying the necessary tools and technologies, hiring or training skilled personnel, establishing processes and procedures, and ensuring integration with existing security controls. It may be beneficial to consult with experienced cybersecurity professionals or consider partnering with a managed security services provider for guidance and support.

How much does it cost to run a Security Operations Centre (SOC)?

The cost of running a SOC can vary significantly depending on factors such as the size of the organisation, the level of sophistication required, the number of security analysts needed, technology investments, and ongoing operational expenses. It is recommended to conduct a thorough assessment of your organisation’s specific needs and consult with experts to get accurate cost estimates tailored to your requirements.

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About the Authors

Emma Phillips

Marketing Executive

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