Whether you build or buy, you need a security operations center.

A Security Operations Center (SOC) is the backbone of any cybersecurity program. From inside a SOC, researchers monitor networks 24/7/365 in search of any signs of suspicious or anomalous activity that indicate a threat may be trying to break into your network – or that it already has.

The researchers and analysts in the SOC specialize in security, and do nothing else but look for, detect, contain, and remediate threats. Their experience, training, and work environment make all the difference between a low-functioning SOC that misses threats and a high-functioning one that detects and responds to threats immediately.

This white paper looks at the types of tools, people, and financial resources needed to operate a highly functioning SOC, and the qualities needed for either an in-house or outsourced SOC to be effective.


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