A Security Operations Center (SOC) is a centralized facility where a dedicated team of Cybersecurity professionals monitors, detects, investigates, and responds to real-time security incidents and vulnerabilities in an organization's information systems.
For businesses, especially those in regulated industries or those that need to meet specific compliance standards, a SOC serves as the first line of defense against cyber threats. It provides 24/7 surveillance to ensure data integrity, confidentiality, and availability.
Monitoring: Continuous surveillance of network traffic, server activity, and system configurations to identify suspicious behavior.
Incident Response: Immediate action upon detection of a security incident to contain and mitigate the threat.
Forensic Analysis: Post-incident investigation to understand the attack's nature and prevent future occurrences.
Compliance Management: Ensuring that the organization's security posture is in line with industry regulations such as ISO 27001, NYCRR500, and NIST 800.171.
Threat Intelligence: Gathering and analyzing information about emerging threats to stay ahead of attackers.