Is Someone Spying On Your Network?

How do you know that a hacker isn’t tracking your keystrokes? When a keylogger tool is installed on a shared computer it has the capabilities to harvest keystrokes, screenshots and network activity.

The frequency of today’s cyberattacks and data breaches requires that you bolster your defenses. And, many businesses are recognizing the need for a security operations center (SOC) that combines the right people, processes and technology to help them effectively identify and respond to growing threats.

But for small and mid-sized networks a SOC isn’t feasible due to its expense. Thankfully you can sign up for SOC-as-a-Service (SOCaaS) that monitors your network activity and traffic leveraging AlienVault USM anywhere SIEM (security information and events management) platform. The events are sent to security analysts who review the results and report back on actionable intelligence. SOC-as-a-Service is appealing to midsize and smaller enterprises because they lack 24/7 operations to respond when threats are detected outside of business hours.

What Is SOC-as-a-Service?

A Security Operations Center-as-a-Service solution addresses all network security concerns. The SIEM offers a single pane of glass that can provide security to SaaS, cloud, and on-premise IT solutions, to protect your confidential data.

SOC-as-a-Service (SOCaaS) paired with a SIEM has become a requirement for most regulated industries to monitor, store and audit log events. Companies can’t assume they are not a target of cyberattacks and antivirus and firewalls are just not enough anymore. Companies must adopt a layered approach to cybersecurity. The SIEM gives complete visibility into network activity including; credential use, user activity, attacks, threats and anomalous behavior.

How Does SOC-as-a-Service Work?

The SIEM platform resides behind your firewall, correlates and aggregates logs from all your devices. Through advanced correlation rules, it can deliver 24/7 threat monitoring, advanced analytics and threat intelligence. Once an alert is received by our SOC analysts, they will investigate and will notify you when there needs to be changes to the environment or requires incident response.

Our IT security experts at BlueHat Cyber validate potential incidents, assemble the appropriate context, investigate as much as is feasible about the scope and severity given the information and tools available, provide actionable advice and context about the threat, and can remotely stop the attack.

Knowing about all your critical devices, what they do, and how they’re configured is essential for accurate correlation and analysis. We use this information to automatically track changes in the environment.

You’ll be alerted of validated security events with incident triage performed by security professionals. We look for specific tactics, techniques and procedures (TTPs) that indicate a threat is active in your environment. You’ll have direct communication with our SOC analysts.

Here’s a scenario for you: One of your employees logs in from Russia. But, wait… you don’t have any workers in Russia! We know this because we have information on all of your devices, where they are, and where the traffic is going. Plus, we can detect if a user is logging in from two different devices in different locations. These behaviors provide the intelligence needed to identify potential threats. In the Russia scenario, it could be that a criminal is using one of your employee’s passwords. We can also tell if someone changes the configuration of your firewall without your authorization.

Antivirus And Firewalls Aren’t Enough Anymore

Antivirus and firewalls no longer provide adequate protection. Attackers can bypass these controls and “hang out” in your networks for weeks, sometimes months, before they’re caught— if they get caught. No company is immune to an attack.

Firewalls play an important role in protecting your company’s IT assets. But gaps remain, making it difficult to detect and stop attacks as they move laterally through your network.

Why aren’t they enough?

  • They don’t provide comprehensive visibility. You need a 360-degree view across your network and the security tools to understand what’s happening on it.
  • They don’t correlate what’s happening. You must understand how the alerts generated by a single point product relate to those by another so you can get to the root of the problem.
  • They don’t indicate what needs to be fixed or prevented from happening again.

SIEM solution is just the beginning.

A SIEM solution can generate thousands of alerts each day, but many are false positives. To efficiently process the output, security engineers must make sense of a SIEM’s output to fine-tune the correlation rules and determine which alerts require further investigation or immediate attention. Manual or automated workflows must be in place to act on the output accordingly.

SOC-as-a-Service does all these things.

AWN Definitive Guide to SOCaaS

SOCaaS Is The Only Solution To Ensure Comprehensive IT Security

SOCaaS uses sensors in specific network segments of your IT environment to inspect network traffic and collect network flows and records log events from multiple devices, laptops, and servers on those networks. The sensors immediately start gathering system and network activity and send it to our cloud-based SOC, where it’s analyzed by our security professionals in real time. No other IT security solution can do all of this.

Want to learn more about SOCaaS? Contact the IT security experts at BlueHat Cyber. We’ll be happy to assist you to ensure no one is spying on your network and that your entire IT environment is protected.

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