A SOC (Security Operations Centre) is a centralised facility that monitors and manages the security of an organisation’s information systems and networks. The SOC is responsible for identifying, responding to and mitigating security threats in a timely and effective manner.
SOCs combine a variety of technologies and processes to detect, analyse and respond to security incidents. This includes monitoring security events, conducting investigations and audits, and providing guidance and training to employees.
SOCs also play an important role in developing strategies to protect an organisation’s information assets and systems. By employing a robust set of security protocols, SOCs help organisations stay one step ahead of cyber criminals.
What does a SOC do?
SOCs have three primary objectives: monitor events and activities, detect threats, and respond to incidents.
They use a combination of technologies such as SIEM (security information and event management) systems, intrusion detection systems and log analysis tools to detect malicious activity.
SOCs also provide incident response guidance, such as containment and forensic analysis, as well as post-incident assessments.
When a potential threat is identified, SOCs may take action to contain it, such as blocking a malicious IP address or isolating a compromised system.
By providing continuous monitoring and response to potential threats, SOCs are an integral part of an organisation’s security posture.