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Put a SOC in It: How and Why to Implement a Security Operations Center

The prospect of a malicious attack compromising your critical business data is the kind of thing sleepless nights are made of. Unfortunately, the fact is that in today’s technological environments, there are good reasons to be at least a little worried.

In its 2013 annual security report, Cisco Systems discussed a growing sophistication of attack models, emerging vulnerabilities within increasingly complex networks, and a reappearance of distributed denial-of-service attacks – all causes for concern for major stakeholders at most companies.

Added to that, a 2012 survey by the Ponemon institute involving a representative sample of 56 organizations, found the average cost of cybercrime in 2012 to be a staggering $8.9 million in the U.S. The reported frequency – no less concerning – was 1.8 successful attacks per company per week.

For companies who rely on critical business data and its protection, the option of centralizing efforts in a security operations center (SOC) can be an effective solution to all this. And even though implementing this presents its own set of challenges, it’s a course that’s worth pursuing.

Frequently, cyber security initiatives are distributed among different teams within IT and delegated to a number of security tools with ineffective (or nonexistent) integration. Problems such as incomplete monitoring, poor visibility across functions and lack of real-time detection prevent security departments from even truly understanding vulnerabilities, much less executing the right countermeasures.

Of course, when considering an SOC, many companies fear that the approach will be cost-prohibitive and that the transition effort will become complicated and overwhelming. However, with the help of experienced consultants who have helped other companies build SOCs from the ground up, most organizations will find that centralizing security operations for their unique business needs is, indeed, within scope.

Lunarline has been a trusted partner behind some of the most successful SOC initiatives in the U.S. We offer an extensive range of services that we can leverage for your company to develop a centralized effort that prioritizes your most critical data and systems.

To find out more about how we can develop a solution tailored to your company and within your budget, visit our SOC page today. And when you’re ready to use a SOC for better peace of mind about your sensitive data, contact us to discuss a solution that’s right for you.

About Spence Witten

Spence has somehow survived ten years at start-ups and small businesses without suffering a (major) nervous breakdown. As Lunarline's Director of Federal Sales, Spence actually loves working on proposals. If there were any doubt, this is proof that he is in fact certifiably insane. While his title says "Sales" Lunarline doesn't let him off that easy. We make him do real work, too. Luckily he's a recognized subject matter expert in security policy and loves helping clients navigate their way around tricky security compliance standards. He's also been known to lead a software development initiative or two, though that pretty much always ends poorly for everyone involved. He can be reached at spence.witten@lunarline.com.