Security Operations Center - The Foundation You Need to Build a SoC System

July 8, 2022

The AlienVault Security Operations Center provides the foundation you need to build a SOC without hiring expensive implementation services or a large team of security experts. AlienVault Unified Security Management enables you to monitor network traffic, endpoints, logs and security events to identify potential threats and protect your business. The AlienVault Unified Security Management platform is powered by the AlienVault Labs Security Research Team and Open Threat Exchange, two of the most important ingredients to building a SOC.

The foundation you need to build a soc system


Threat Intelligence and a SIEM platform are critical to building a SOC system. With AlienVault Threat Intelligence, you'll have the foundation to build a robust design. You can get executive visibility and support while setting up your SOC. And you can build on a community of researchers and security practitioners to provide continuous threat data and alerts.

To detect and mitigate threats, your organization must have a plan for monitoring and respond to potential data breaches. AlienVault USM enables security managers to get a unified view of security posture by eliminating the need to piece together information from various systems. The AlienVault USM also provides contextual threat intelligence and remediation guidance. The USM is essential to your security and compliance program.


Cyberthreats pose a threat to business information.


There are several types of cyber threats that can compromise a company's network. Malicious insiders may use social engineering to trick you into providing confidential information, such as credit card numbers and account numbers. Hackers may use phishing emails that appear to be from a legitimate source, such as a financial institution, eBay, PayPal, or even a friend. The goal is to steal sensitive data, manipulate network components, or even destroy it.


While many business owners believe that phishing sites are the greatest danger, the truth is that cybercriminals use insider threats to steal confidential information and infiltrate companies. These insider threats are a significant risk because they come from systems that your employees trust. Furthermore, these malicious actors can erase any evidence that traces them to your business or information.

Another common type of cyber threat is ransomware, which holds your company's data hostage until you pay the ransom. Ransomware is a significant threat, as it destroys a company's information. According to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, 60% of small businesses go out of business within six months of a cyber breach. Ransomware is a major cyber threat and is on the rise worldwide.

An insider attack can come from anyone, including an employee. Some insiders may intentionally bypass cybersecurity protocols and delete sensitive data, causing significant damage to a business. Careless employees may accidentally email customer data to a third party, click on phishing links, and share their login information. Other insiders may come from third-party vendors, contractors, and business partners. An employee monitoring system can help detect insiders.


Workflows for incident management should be built from the beginning of the process.


Having a security operations centre requires skills, experience, and often a lot of hand-to-hand work. Rather than working hand-in-hand and wasting resources, create a system with workflows for incident management that clearly define the roles and responsibilities of each team member. Similarly, many organizations want technology tools that support visibility and are within budget.

Incident response playbooks are fundamental to the work of a SOC. They outline common use cases and are coded for automation. They include recipes for creating tickets and alerts and contacting teams in the event of an incident. These playbooks ensure that every team member knows what to do and how to respond to the incident.

In addition to implementing incident management processes, SOC teams should consider hiring a managed security services provider (MSSP) to supplement their existing security team in significant incidents or cases of staff illness. An MSSP must have a thorough understanding of the configuration of a SOC. Ideally, an MSSP will have a wall of monitors to see what systems are up and running and what historical data is available.

The complexity of networks and the cyberattack surface are constantly growing. An incident management team should have a 24x7 facility to monitor and investigate active threats and collaborate with the business to respond to attacks. By incorporating these two components into the overall architecture of a SOC, the team can effectively protect the business against a variety of threats. SOCs must understand the evolution of the SOC and incorporate them into their implementation.


Monitoring network traffic, endpoints, logs, and security events


Security incident logs contain information about the system and network operations. Security teams can use these logs to identify malicious activity, track users, and determine network vulnerabilities. However, most organizations generate far more log data than they can handle. Log management tools help manage logs by monitoring actual events recorded in them. The ability to quickly identify malicious activity is vital to adequate security. Listed below are some benefits of a security event log management solution.


Applications and network traffic generate security events. Windows Firewall, Application Allow Listing, and Windows Defender are three examples of security events. These logs contain information on processes and networks that are generally not running. Security events include malware detected in the logs and failures to update signatures.

Network monitoring also provides administrators with reports on network performance. These reports help administrators identify when upgrades or new IT infrastructure are needed. By analyzing network performance, network monitoring tools can identify any trends that may indicate a security issue. These trends can be used to justify technology upgrades. For example, if a website is experiencing a spike in traffic during a specific time of day, network monitoring can help determine the cause of the problem.

By centralizing events, SIEM solutions make monitoring and archiving easier. Servers with a subscription to a collector automatically pull their event logs into the system. A centralized solution makes security monitoring easier than ever. So, how does this solution work?


Having an MSSP on call


Whether you're looking to build a SoC system for your company or need help maintaining the security of your existing systems, you should consider the services of a MSSP. The services of an MSSP can help ensure that your network is protected from threats while maintaining a tight security posture. While you may not need the services of an MSSP, having an expert on call is the best way to ensure that your security system will function correctly.

An MSSP can provide a variety of security services, from monitoring to management and modification of security systems. They can also manage a Security Operations Center (SOC), which is a centralized entity that contains a number of resources, procedures, and staff. A recent study found that 64.6% of IT security operations are now hosted in the cloud. While the advantages and disadvantages of in-house and MSSP services are similar, there are several differences between the two options.

An MSSP will deploy tools to endpoints to look for signs of attack and compromise. These tools are integrated into a SoC and MSP service and can channel alerts to the MSP. If the MSSP is involved in an attack, it will channel the alerts to the MSP, which is an important step for securing the system. However, an MSSP should be informed of any activities it is performing before the attack starts so that the organization can make the necessary changes to protect itself.

An MSSP should be compatible with the technology stack of your organization. They may not provide incident response assistance. If you need help in this area, it is important to hire an MSSP that understands the technical operations of the organization. An MSSP can also offer availability monitoring for critical systems.

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