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How to get true security – a modern SOC responds to modern threats

Mikael Fryksten / October 03, 2021

The traditional role of a Security Operations Center, or SOC, was to report incidents for others to worry about. But a modern SOC acts, engages and provides insights – taking care of the incident to keep your business safe. This is the approach TietoEVRY and our partners take towards security.

In today's world of constantly evolving cybersecurity threats and challenges, a modern Security Operations Center may be the best bet your company could make to keep functioning and stay safe from harm.

The SOC in a nutshell

The idea behind the SOC is for it to operate as a separate unit that concentrates on keeping the company secure at all times. An SOC deals with security issues both on a technical level and on the business side of the organization. It consists of people, processes and technology that work together to enhance the organization's security posture.

In essence, an SOC is a collection of top-level experts and intelligent threat detection and automation technology. It can help in making your company more resilient when facing modern threats. Both the IT security experts and business operations people work together to mitigate the risks that security challenges pose to business continuity.

An SOC can be an internal unit, especially in a big corporation. However, it is often beneficial to outsource the security operations and buy your SOC as a service. This way the company can concentrate on its core business, while top experts take care of threats.

Post-Covid changes and the information explosion

The enterprises' digital environment has seen massive growth in data. For example, a huge amount of telemetry data is created every second by a multitude of sensors and devices.

As the Internet of Things is still in its infancy, the field is constantly evolving. This poses great challenges for security, as the number and types of assets to be monitored are extremely varied. This telemetry explosion complicates everyday cybersecurity and its management.

As businesses have increasingly moved to the cloud, a whole new category of threat models and attacks have emerged. This requires new kinds of solutions for defending your company against cyber criminals.

The huge increase in remote work during the past year and a half has also raised new concerns. When most of a company's employees work from home – and probably will continue hybrid work even after the pandemic is over – security challenges are very different than in the traditional office environment.

Automation is the key to good security

These rapid changes mean that security must adapt fast. The attackers and the attacks are growing more sophisticated all the time. So you need the right mix of technology and people who are able to detect current threats and know how to deal with them.

For SOCs, this means that there must be good capabilities for automation, so that the experts can concentrate on providing security information to the business instead of doing routine tasks. Automation also minimizes human error and facilitates the proactive management of security.

A truly capable SOC will amplify its offering with anticipation and foresight. When an incident does happen, the SOC will be able to concentrate its monitoring efforts on threats that are relevant at that moment in time. Knowing that your company is in safe hands means you can sleep better at night.

Want to know how to build resilient security for your company? Contact our experts.

Want to learn more? Watch the recorded webinar on Next-generation SOC – Security for the 21st century.

Mikael Fryksten
Head of Security Operations Center

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Mikael Fryksten

Head of Security Operations Center

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