Having A Dedicated Cybersecurity Team

Cybersecurity is one of the top priorities for businesses today – are you confident you’re managing it properly? Have you considered a SOC?

What’s the most important question you have to answer about cybersecurity?

Which firewall will you choose?

How often will you backup your data?

Is your staff trained properly to identify cybercrime scams?

Nope – it’s simpler than that. The most important question you have to answer…

Can You Handle Cybersecurity By Yourself?

In theory, it’s entirely possible. If you’ve invested in the right technologies, and have the right skill set, you could handle cybersecurity for your business all on your own.

You would oversee your own installations, management, maintenance, and everything else that comes to with operating a secure and robust business IT environment.

But, if we’re being honest… That’s a big if.

When it comes to protecting against the ongoing, evolving cybersecurity threats in play today, managing cybersecurity is, understandably, a tall order.

You would need…

  • The knowledge of how to select, install, manage and maintain increasingly complex IT security systems (such as SIEM, which we explore in further detail below). Do you have that kind of know-how?
  • The time to both maintain systems on an ongoing basis and respond to events as they occur. If you can’t afford to make IT your full-time job, then do you really think you can stay on top of it?

For all these reasons, it’s recommended that business owners simply outsource their IT management tasks to a more capable, more available IT company.

Yes, it will cost more.

But it will also guarantee a level of quality and consistency in management and maintenance that likely can’t be achieved by you or someone on your staff trying to manage IT on their own.

And nowhere is this truer than when it comes to advanced cybersecurity IT technologies, such as SIEM…

What Is SIEM?

Security information and event management (SIEM) technology provide a secure cloud service that provides 24/7 security and operation monitoring to oversee a given business’ security needs.

A SIEM solution offers a monitoring service, with adaptive threat protection that identifies active cyberattacks and takes action in real-time to protect your business.

By integrating intelligence from global threat monitoring feeds, this solution responds to network-based zero-day exploit attempts, drive-by downloads, and advanced malware that routinely bypass conventional firewall and antivirus technologies.

Further features of most SIEM products include:

  • Termination of communications with blacklisted or untrusted remote sites.
  • Continuous monitoring of and protection against new or abnormal user activity on your networks and systems.
  • Automatic shutdown of your critical systems to stop active cyberattacks when necessary.
  • Real-time notifications of any significant network activity with automatic remedial actions.
  • Ongoing access to a dedicated cybersecurity expert that’s available on-demand to address and resolve your security concerns as need be.

Sounds good, right?

However, as discussed above, there is a key issue with SIEM implementation…

What’s The Big Problem With SIEM?

Businesses that invest in SIEM may try to handle it on their own – and fail. As explored above those operating a business likely don’t have the time or knowledge to properly make use of SIEM.

It becomes a wasted investment, and in the end, doesn’t help to enhance security for the business. That’s why SIEM is incomplete without SOC …

What Are SOC Services?

A Security Operations Center (SOC) is a team of people, employing a range of proven processes and using carefully implemented technologies (such as SIEM) which are often centralized, and that – at the very least – gather and analyze user reports and a range of data sources – such as logs — from information systems and cybersecurity controls.

Typically, the main point of a SOC in the business setting is to identify, address and eliminate cybersecurity events that could negatively impact an organization’s information systems or data.

Depending on a number of factors – size, budget, industry, location, etc. — SOCs can vary from organization to organization and are implemented per structural cybersecurity priorities and risk tolerance.

Whereas one business’ SOC will oversee a cybersecurity event from detection to remediation, another may instead focus on supporting and coordinating incident responders and handling incident response communication, which could mean status updates and third-party communication.

The point of outsourced SOC services is that users don’t have to develop and manage as SOC of their own – they can instead get it from an IT company as an outsourced service.

When you don’t have SOC services, you don’t have any of the visibility into your systems, unless you happen to be looking at that server at that same time.

For example, you may not be able to notice that your CPU was working much harder than normal, in the event of a cyberattack.

What’s The Best Way To Approach SOC & SIEM?

SOCaaS – that is, SOC as a service.

By outsourcing your SOC to an IT company, you get all the benefits with none of the hassle. It’s the same idea as deploying SIEM with a SOC – but taken a step further.

Remember, it’s unrealistic to expect you have the time or resources to manage your cybersecurity in-house, so why bother? Have a trusted IT company like BlueHat Cyber manage the process for you.

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