The majority of the organizations lack the resources to staff for 24×7

Cyberattacks like WannaCry and Petya/non-Petya are unfortunately becoming more common. When your company lacks in-house security resources and employees, keeping up with the escalating rate of cybersecurity threats may seem unattainable, therefore setting up an automated security operations center is typically the best solution.

While most organizations are not entirely deficient in terms of developing a cybersecurity framework, many say that they are unable to maintain a 24×7 in-house security operations center because they are either not equipped or cannot afford to do so (SOC).

What exactly does this indicate? Without a working SOC, your company may experience significant delays in recognizing and responding to problems. Threatening or unusual events may go unnoticed, putting your company at greater risk of a cyberattack. The following are some of the other implications of not having a SOC:

  • Your business is not continuously inspect around the clock.
  • Response times to incidents are extremely slow.
  • It is possible that potentially devastating security issues will go undiscovered.
  • Because of the heavy workload and amount of hard labor, job satisfaction is low.

Do any of these irritations sound familiar?

These are frequent problems, but they are not sustainable. There is a solution for organizations caught between the exorbitant cost of developing a formal SOC and the utterly inadequate protection provided by an informal SOC: Create a security operations center that automates as much research as possible so that your experienced team may concentrate on the most vital tasks.

What is a Security Operation Center?

A security operations center is a central “hub” where an organization’s internal IT and cybersecurity teams collaborate on threat detection, assessment, and response. Security teams can use an intelligent SOC to:

  • Create a SIEM architecture that is adaptable.
  • Use powerful security analytics to your advantage.
  • Investigate danger intelligence that is integrated.
  • Respond to incidents automatically.
  • Examine and visualize potential dangers and solutions.

How to Create a Security Operations Center (SOC) to Identify and Deal with Threats without In-House Staff

We have described how to develop a SOC tailored to your company’s. Mr. Carder compiles and shares what he has learned about constructing a right-sized SOC in just seven steps, drawing on his 20+ years of security and SOC implementation experience.

However, below is a summary of some processes for planning and constructing a Security Operations Center:

Steps to building your SOC are as follows:

As you learn how to construct a SOC, you will discover how to:

  • Develop strategies for your security operations center.
  • Build a SOC solution.
  • Processes, procedures, and training should all be develop.
  • Make your surroundings ready.
  • Put your plan into action.
  • End-to-end use cases must be deploy.
  • Maintain and improve your system.

1. Developing Strategies for your SOC

Understanding the existing situation of your organization is crucial to formulating a strategy.

Assess your existing capabilities. Limit your scope initially to core functions:

  • Monitoring
  • Detection
  • Response
  • Recovery

Delay non-core function until your core functions are sufficiently mature.

 Identify and define business objectives

2. Building a SOC Solution

Some Best Points where need to Start:

  • Choose a few business-critical use cases (e.g. A phishing attack)
  • Based on these use cases, define your initial solution.
  • Consider that your solution must be able to meet future  needs

A narrow scope will reduce the time to initial implementations, which will help you achieve results faster.

Take three actions.

  1. Create a list of your functional needs (Be sure these are tied to business objectives)
  2. Select a SOC model that meets your functional needs.
  3. Design your technical architecture.
  4. Choose your threat lifecycle management platform
  5. Identify integrated business and IT systems
  6. Define your workflows
  7. Pinpoint areas of automation
  8. Test the architecture

3. Processes, Procedures, and Training should all be Developed

It is important to make sure that all six phases of the Threat lifecycle Management framework are covered.

Time to detect:

  • Collect data
  • Discover
  • Qualify

Time to Respond:

  • Investigate
  • Neutralize
  • Recover

 4. Make your Surroundings Ready

Make sure the following security features are in place before deploying:

  • Secure PCs, laptops and mobile devices for SOC staff
  • Put secure remote access mechanisms in place for SOC staff (and outsources if applicable)
  • Require strong authentication

5. Put your plan into action

Use your technology to its best potential to reduce your staff’s workload:

  1. Bring up your log management infrastructure.
  2. Bring your bare bones set of important data sources onboard.
  3. Bring your security analytics capabilities,
  4. Integrate your security orchestration and automation capabilities.
  5. Begin deploying use cases on focus on end-to-end threat detection and response realization. 

Realize seamless interoperability

System operability is critical for your team to collect data from sources and issue actions and commands to apply context, contain, and remediate in alignment with your workflows.

To boost the accuracy of your SOC’s detection, you should also combine threat intelligence feeds and automated inputs.

6. End-to-end Use Cases Must be Deployed

Your technology is in place and your capabilities are deployed. Now for the fun part.

  • Implement your use cases across your analytics and security automation and orchestration tiers.
  • Tests your use cases rigorously over a variety of shift and during shift changes.
  • Demonstrate your solution’s dependability and security.

7. Maintain and Improve your System

A SOC is not something to turn on and stop thinking about. It requires ongoing maintenance, such as:

  • Tuning to improve detection accuracy
  • Adding other systems as inputs or outputs
  • Reviewing the SOC model, SOC roles, and staff counts.

How important is the development and implementation of the SOC?

Besides a general increase in vulnerability to and repercussions of cybersecurity assaults, an efficient workflow of the Security Operations Center cannot effectively mitigate the risks and implement solutions.