It is a fact, with the growing number of vulnerabilities and the growing sophistication of cyber attacks, companies today have a great need for comprehensive analysis and use of data monitoring and management tools to best secure their equipment.
To support and develop the implementation of these tools, and thereby improve the security of their information systems, companies have gradually called upon Security Operations Center.
Internal to the company, or developed “outside” its walls by cyber security companies, these SOCs are a system composed of a team of analysts whose main missions are to prevent, detect, analyze, evaluate and respond to threats (internal and external) and security incidents – thanks to adapted security solutions.
But are these devices and software solutions sufficient to establish effective IT security? How do these SOCs and analysts protect companies and organizations? Does this protection ensure an optimal cybersecurity?
Security Operations Center: missions and objectives
As we have seen, the objective of the SOC is therefore to respond to a company’s main concerns regarding its computer security.
These are to guarantee the continuity of its business activities by adapting as quickly as possible to the threats and risks associated with hyper-connectivity, whether these constraints are current or future. It is in this element that one of the strong points of SOC is found: the combined use of the machine (management and analysis tools) and man.
In today’s cyber security environment, the SOC team will be the first line of defense against cyber threats. The implementation of a SOC will allow a company, beyond being a simple first barrier of protection, to investigate more quickly the security problems encountered, to remedy them as quickly as possible but especially to contain certain attacks in progress.
The positive aspects of setting up a SOC are therefore multiple: it will allow you to save time by concentrating on your core business, while accompanying you in setting up security governance or defining security architecture, ensuring real-time monitoring of the security of your assets, and alerting you in the event of incidents.
If the presence of a SOC and the security solutions used alone cannot be considered as the ultimate and sufficient protection for a company in terms of its IT security, it is nonetheless very useful, even essential, and allows a more rapid reaction but also to avoid a good number of threats, whether they are current and already identified or future for new generation SOCs.
Next-generation SOCs, such as the one proposed by ITrust, implement solutions equipped with Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence in order to enrich the correlation scenarios and to be more relevant in the analysis, making it possible to predict cyber attacks that could affect an IS, and then making the SOC even more alert and efficient.
How do I complete the SOC investments in my company?
Setting up a Security Operations Center will therefore help you, on a daily basis, to react more quickly in the event of an attack and to contain them – all the more so today thanks to the new solutions on the market. But flawless protection in cybersecurity never really exists and can only rely on technology. This approach must go beyond the active presence of security experts in your SOC and be accompanied by good security practices and employee awareness.
First lever: Awareness and training, but also clear procedures.
It is essential, if you want your employees and collaborators to be in the best position to detect suspicious cyber-behaviors, to create a real “security culture” within your company. More than a change in mentalities, a real awareness is needed.
Second lever: Good practices coupled with maximum and optimal protection for your equipment.
While phishing is now the most popular means and a real weapon for targeting individuals with phishing scams, SMS scams are also gaining in popularity. These various attacks, their evolution and their mode of transmission, cannot all be stopped by a simple knowledge of phishing: sometimes, these cyber-strategies are so elaborate that they would deceive even the most informed Internet users.
If good practices and the implementation of training will lead to greater vigilance on the part of your employees and if the implementation of security tools alone is not enough to protect you optimally against this type of attack, the use of these two “levers” can respond to your concerns regarding your cybersecurity – even before any attack.
It is a major mistake to base the proper functioning of its cybersecurity policy on technology alone. The implementation of SOC in organizations, combining human and technical resources, is proof of this. Without the training of technicians, but also the vigilance and training of users, all these technologies would quickly become obsolete. Of course, basing all of its IT security (especially concerning phishing) on simple prevention and awareness would also be unthinkable.
Your security is therefore based above all on simple measures and good practices to be applied, accompanied by optimal protection in technical security terms, starting for example with the implementation of a SOC, whose benefits and strengths we have discussed in this article.