Four Tasks of a Security Operations Center

By Krystal Rennie / Adlumin, Inc.

Every IT department needs the support of a good Security Operations Center (SOC), and your department shouldn’t be any different. As cyberattacks continue to increase due to remote work demands, it has become undeniable that ensuring your organization’s safety is key to a healthy IT department and financial institution.

In our last blog post, we explored what a SOC is and its various capabilities. We learned that not only are SOCs an essential part of an ideal cybersecurity solution for your organization, they also have specific features that can ensure the safety of your network. This blog will explore a security operations center’s various tasks and why it should matter to your company.

What Tasks Does a SOC Complete?

A security operations center has multiple capabilities that all work together to provide 24/7 monitoring, detection, and alerts. Its primary goal is to help organizations expand their cybersecurity capabilities without breaking the budget and defend against the latest and most sophisticated cyberattacks. You can typically purchase 24/7 SOC support for half the cost of hiring one full-time person, which is easy to convey to your Board of Directors and CEO.

Let’s explore the four critical tasks of a SOC, according to EC-Council:

Implementation and Management of Various Security Tools

SOCs need to understand how to use the various tools and technologies at their disposal. They also need to be familiar with the software and hardware running on the network. Being in-the-know increases visibility and maximizes the chances of detecting potential threats early.

Analyze Unusual/Suspicious Activities

An ideal security operations center continuously monitors and detects all malicious activities taking place within a network 24/7. If an unusual pattern occurs, users will receive an alert. The key to a strong SOC is remaining proactive rather than reactive. An operations center focuses on catching potential malicious behavior before the actual attack takes place.

Maintain Network Downtime and Ensure Business Continuity

“Organizations need minimal or no network downtime to keep their businesses afloat. To manage the same, SOC notifies the stakeholders during any security breach.” This is a crucial task because occasionally, data breaches are caused by human error within the organization. By receiving these notifications, organizations can develop a proper cybersecurity plan in case of an attack and maintain their brand’s integrity.

Check for Regulatory Compliance

Security operations centers continuously check to ensure that your financial institution maintains essential compliance regulations by auditing an organization’s security infrastructure. This is a necessary task because it allows users to fix any shortcomings or industry violations that might be taking place within their network.

On an individual level, each task plays an instrumental role in a SOCs overall function. As a collective, these tasks work together to ensure that safety remains the top priority. Regardless of how you look at it, one thing is indisputable: SOCs can help shift the heavy workload from your employees to a center equipped to handle the responsibilities listed above and more. Remember, 24/7 SOC support works directly for the IT staff that it supports.