SIEM and SOC
View your network as a whole rather than just the sum of its parts! By utilizing a SIEM supported by a SOC, you will have a dynamic duo to stop potential security threats and vulnerabilities across your entire organization before they have the chance to disrupt your business!
WHAT IS A SIEM?
SIEM stands for Security Information and Event Management that is monitored 24/7/365 by a SOC (Security Operations Center). A SIEM aggregates data to a secure central point from across your entire organization’s systems and devices (such as IoT, firewall event logs, application logs, etc.).
By bringing all the data together into one platform there is enhanced visibility and therefore a deeper understanding of potential threats. SIEM does not prevent cyberattacks, but it does prevent escalation and minimizes damages and loss. It detects and identifies events and potential malicious patterns through use of AI (artificial intelligence) and ML (machine learning). Once suspicious activity or a potential attack is identified, it alerts the SOC (Security Operations Center) staff and provides contextual information to assist in the investigation. This prevents escalation and minimizes damages and loss.
Should I Outsource my SIEM/SOC?
Yes! Unless you have a robust security team already in place, we suggest you consider outsourcing your SIEM and SOC. Running an internal team, SIEM, and SOC is expensive, labor intensive and requires a very distinct expertise. Most organizations can mitigate these costs by outsourcing most or all of their SOC operations.
MSSP’s (Managed Security Service Providers) are a good option for this. They can do the following:
Real-time threat monitoring and intelligence
Incident response and recovery
Threat and vulnerability management
Benefits of using a SIEM and SOC
- Malware Investigation – The SIEM can help security staff understand the systems and data affected with malware.
- Phishing Prevention and Detection – The SIEM, using correlations and behavioral analysis, can determine that a user clicked on a phishing link and when this alert is raised, analysts can search for and identify the full scope of an attack.
- HR Investigation – If an employee is suspected of direct involvement in a security incident, a SIEM can collect the relevant data regarding that employees interaction with IT systems over a long period of time and uncover anomalies, like logins to corporate systems at unusual hours, unauthorized escalation of privileges or access and/or moving large quantities of data.
- Departed Employees Risk Mitigation – A SIEM can detect when a discharged employee is trying to log in with their former credentials or identify which systems have unused credentials in which a former employee may be trying to access sensitive data
Organizations that need a SIEM/SOC
- Do not have a security team on staff.
- Currently using firewalls and antivirus for their cybersecurity.
- Has industry cyber management regulations.
- Want to audit activity on their IT network.
- Have compliance and regulatory requirements.
- Looking to purchase cybersecurity insurance policy