SecOps: What is it and why is it essential for your business?
The aim of Security Operations (SecOps) is to protect the information and assets of an organisation’s network on a day-to-day basis encompassing all of the people, systems and data held within it. To manage the core mission of incident detection and response there is the concept of a Security Operations Centre (SOC) which defines the policies, standards, procedures and guidelines for the core and support services needed to secure an organisation.
The key aims of a SOC are to:
- Detect and respond to threats, keeping the information held on systems and networks secure
- Increase resilience by learning about the changing threat landscape to proactively prevent threats
- Identify and address negligent or criminal behaviours
- Derive business intelligence about user behaviours, in order to shape and prioritise development of technologies
The aims above should result in a continuous improvement process whereby the SOC monitoring the organisations network learn about the incidents they have encountered or prevented and can learn to protect against future threats. SecOps promotes the use of technology and processes across an organisation to achieve this and keep all systems and data secure.
SOC teams will monitor any observable occurrence in a system and or network, and analyse these “events” to establish whether further action is needed. Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) tools aggregate data across an organisation to enable this information to be analysed by SOCs to detect threats, anomalous behaviour, trends and security breaches. SIEM tools will likely include the functionality to report and complete forensics on security incidents and may include alerts driven by analytics.
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