Security Operations: Your Defense Against Relentless Cyberattacks

Lock and key to illustrate the need for cyber security operations
July 27, 2022

Today’s total reliance on technology and connectedness brings with it the Trojan Horse of risk to your business. Your most valuable assets – infrastructure, apps, data, intellectual property, and (ultimately) customers – can become the target of relentless, cloaked cyberattacks. Any number of attackers have the potential to wreak havoc on your business. Given today’s business climate, a Security Operations Center (SOC) is the best defense.

Of course, there are many disparate cybersecurity tools out there to buy and deploy against rogue individuals, corporations, and countries. But many businesses still struggle to fully implement and manage those tools effectively.

Sound familiar? Dozens of tools, thousands of alerts, too few staff, or not enough security expertise to keep up. Even if you have a fully staffed, in-house SecOps team that oversees your business operations, they often suffer from the same challenges such as

  • cybersecurity alert fatigue,
  • lack of 24×7 coverage, and
  • the ever-increasing cybersecurity skills gap.

Stop fighting the same battles year after year and learn how partnering with experts in Security Operations can help your team be as relentless as the attackers! If you’re already looking to add SecOps services or build out a SOC, let’s talk more about your next steps. Otherwise, keep reading to learn more about Security Operations, SOC capabilities, and how RFIP can help you meet your cybersecurity goals.

What is Security Operations?

Security operations (SO) refers to a dedicated team managing daily risks to the business. It’s responsible for monitoring and analyzing your organization’s security posture on an ongoing basis. The SO team assumes a strategic role in the organization using

  • a combination of technology solutions and
  • a strong set of processes to prevent threats from materializing.

Because they operate across all business segments, they have both overall visibility and the capability to identify and shut down whatever is necessary to stop attacks and secure the business.

Why Do You Need a SOC?

Recent cybersecurity trends show a shift in how cybersecurity services are delivered. The increasing regulatory landscape, lack of experience among an already limited workforce, and constantly changing technology necessitates that leaders think outside of the traditional means to reduce risk in their organization. (This applies even if you’ve modernized your network because modernizing it is a continuous process – technology will always change faster than you can!)

Expertise and tactical efficiency at scale are the way to achieve meaningful impact on your security posture and goals for risk reduction. With a fully functional SOC, you can visualize and measure your exposure while gaining real-time visibility into incidents – before a loss occurs. When you talk to those already on this journey, you’ll quickly realize the complexity and high cost associated with trying to tie all of your existing technology investments together in an effective solution.

On the other hand, partnering with a SO provider will hasten your time to production and significantly increase your capabilities on day one. RFIP is ready to walk with you on your journey to a mature security operations program. The following are some of the key reasons RFIP offers a SOC service that outperforms traditional security services:

1 Vendor neutral

If you’re thinking of partnering with a SOC, you don’t want to have to start replacing your current equipment. An SO team that works with what you have is not only a security advantage but a positive for your ROI. The security operations team not only works from a cloud native platform but also as part of your team. No “rip and  replace!” No disconnect.

2 Prevention and detection

When it comes to cybersecurity, the earlier you detect a problem, the better your prevention is going to be. Being proactive is much more effective than reacting. Security operations work to manage threats/attacks as they start by monitoring the network continuously.

Moreover, to prevent any future similar threat, they collect as much information as they can from all channels for a deeper investigation via AI and machine learning.

3 Improved threat management

During the investigation stage, the SOC team analyzes the suspicious activity from the attacker’s perspective to determine the nature of a threat and the extent to which it has penetrated the infrastructure. They look for key indicators and areas of exposure in advance. The security operations investigation team then gathers the information required to understand how to respond effectively before there’s any damage.

4 Response and recovery

As soon as an incoming incident is confirmed, the team will act first to perform security actions that prevent the incident causing chaos further down the line. Some of the steps that are taken include

  • isolating endpoints,
  • terminating harmful processes, and
  • preventing attackers from executing the threat, deleting files, etc.

However, if an incident does end up spreading, the SO team will – in the aftermath – recover all lost or compromised data. The recovery process includes wiping and restarting endpoints, and reconfiguring systems in order to return the network to the state it was in prior to the incident.

5 Broad visibility and cybersecurity expertise

A security operations team will bring to your organization total visibility over your network ecosystem. They use advanced security technology to eliminate common blind spots. They also have security experts who use data from endpoints, network devices, and the platform to analyze, investigate, and ensure no threats are left unseen.

How Does a Security Operations Center Work With Your Organization?

The framework of your SO stems from the experts in the team. They adopt an operational approach to your organization in the following stages:

1 Define a strategy

From your very specific business goals to input from your departments and executive leaders, the security operations team will develop a security strategy that’s a perfect fit for your needs.

2 Build the infrastructure

Once the strategy exists, they’ll implement the infrastructure required to support it. They build the infrastructure with the latest threat intelligence in mind in order to improve internal threat detection and quick response.

Analysis of the data they gather from all parts of your organization while monitoring threats allows them to manage your risks in the best possible way. They also prepare your employees to detect vulnerabilities and neutralize them before possibilities become high-risk attacks.

3 Build the concierge support team

The security operations center provides a team dedicated to your company. This team will be responsible for the ongoing, operational component of your business information security. They’ll also work with both your existing team and existing security solutions to improve your security system.

And that’s not all. They’ll meet with your team regularly and guide you along every step of your security journey to meet your security needs. The team includes

  • security analysts,
  • investigators,
  • auditors, and
  • managers.

These people work together to detect, analyze, respond to, report on, and prevent cybersecurity incidents.

RFIP Has a Security Operations Solution For You!

As your external security advisor, RFIP is dedicated to providing you with strategic guidance and a tailored approach that takes into consideration your company’s unique network environment. As we mentioned, we can bring you the following services from Arctic Wolf to ensure your security and business future:

  • 24×7 coverage
  • Fast and easy setup
  • Security operations experts
  • Proactive threat hunting
  • Rapid response
  • Security journey guidance.

Contact us today for a quote for tailored security operations!

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Security Operations: Your Defense Against Relentless Cyberattacks
We show you why partnering with an expert security operations center (SOC) is your best cyber defense these days – what a SOC is, what is involved, and the benefits of expert help.

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