soc as a service benefitsTrying to manage an in-house cybersecurity team is a difficult endeavor that takes time, money, and company resources. Most organizations drastically underestimate the level of equipment, personnel, and training needed to stay safe from cyber threats. Today, there’s a proven solution to meet these needs. 

SOC as a service is a subscription-based model that outsources the management of threats, devices, networks, and cloud infrastructure to a third-party cybersecurity team. Hiring a SOC provides your organization with the knowledge and skills necessary to tackle complex cybersecurity issues without the headache and overhead. 

In this guide, we’ll cover the most important benefits of utilizing SOC as a service. You’ll also learn about how SOC-as-a-service can save your company from the challenges found in a continuously changing cybersecurity landscape. 

Consolidate Your Security Defenses

“Every kingdom divided against itself is laid to waste. And no city or house divided against itself will stand.” – Sun Tsu. 

Hackers seek out companies that have weak, disorganized defense systems. 

Implementing a Security Operations Center consolidates all of your security defense measures and personnel into a centralized stronghold, establishing an operations center for all of your cybersecurity needs.

Respond to Threats In Real-Time

Without a consolidated cybersecurity strategy, in-house teams may experience delayed response times, which increases the chances of letting threats slip through undetected. 

A SOC helps avoid this danger. Hosting all of your security in one location results in greater speed, accuracy, and communication within your company framework.

Reduce Overhead

By outsourcing your security operations, you don’t have to worry about compliance policies, management, or ensuring your staff is up to date on certifications. Certifications such as SOX, FFIEC, GLBA, NERC, CISSP, CIP, FISMA are not only time-intensive, they also add additional expenses to your IT department.

By partnering with the right SOC provider, you can avoid training and certifications, and remain in compliance with protocols such as PCI, HIPAA, SOC 1/2, SSAE, among others.

Enhance Endpoint Security 

Many organizations under-emphasize endpoint security, failing to identify how these devices interact with the network and company data. To have effective protocols in place, your security team needs to know where to look for threats. SOC as a service provides device-level detection to prevent phishing, malware, and other malicious viruses that can offer hackers unauthorized points of entry.

With over 60% of companies allowing employees to use personal devices, seasoned SOCaaS experts understand where to look for the most imminent threats – bolstering your endpoint security from start-to-finish.

Utilize Artificial Intelligence and Fortify Your Defenses  

Your security team can’t afford to rely on manual threat detection. Hackers are too sophisticated, and the methods they use are becoming more advanced. The Aspen Institute reports that the FBI found a 400% increase in per-day complaints since the COVID-19 pandemic alone. 

Look for robust SOCaaS solutions that utilize AI and real-time threat monitoring to pull data from multiple sources. This helps experts leverage and analyze data in real-time to create detailed threat reports and prevent future attacks.

Remain Up-to-Date On Software Patches and Updates

Updates, patches, and maintenance are an integral component of cybersecurity. In fact, over 400,000 businesses in the U.S. failed to implement proper updates and were vulnerable as of October 2019. SOC-as-a-Service puts safeguards in place to ensure your company stays ahead of the curve on its development schedule and remains protected against known vulnerabilities.

Did You Know? – More and more companies fall victim to cyberattacks every year.  Nearly 60% of small to medium-sized businesses who face cyberattacks fail within six months.

Adapt to Industry Changes

As cybersecurity changes, your organization must adapt with experts who can rapidly coordinate responses based on the latest industry knowledge and practice of new skills. Outsourcing your cybersecurity operations gives you the peace of mind and distinct advantage of always having the latest tools, training, and personnel at your disposal. 

AVCT’s US-based cybersecurity professionals use a sophisticated “outside the box” approach to security that consistently adapts to industry changes. 

Simplify Your Security 

SOC-as-a-service eliminates the need to go to multiple sources for different security issues. Because SOCs have complete visibility into your network, they simplify the process of studying logs and uncovering forensic details. 

This increased simplicity gets to the root cause of attacks and discovers the methods attackers use, increasing your knowledge while simplifying your response. 

Stay Protected Around the Clock

Cyber attackers don’t sleep. They quietly target companies and strike when the opportunity appears. On-premise, in-house IT teams often lack the manpower and resources to monitor your company through the night. Using a SOCaaS actively protects your company, 24/7/365.

How to Decide On a SOC Provider?

In a Ponemon Institute survey, over 70% of the companies surveyed believed SOC was a key component of their cybersecurity strategy. But what should you look for in a provider to ensure you get the most out of your investment?

Make Sure Their Tools Are Compatible With Your Network

SOCaaS services will likely use their own tools and practices, so it’s essential to make sure your existing systems work with them. The first question you should ask yourself is whether their tools and processes are compatible with your current IT structure. 

Learn About Their Vulnerability Scan Frequency

SOC-as-a-Service providers have different policies and methods for how often they conduct scans. Some companies conduct daily scans, while others run weekly or monthly scans. 

Whatever the case may be, you should understand which frequency works best for your company. The ideal option is finding a company that can complete end-to-end surveillance 24/7/365. 

Find Out What Kind of Scalability Options the Provider Has- 

Companies often fall into hidden fees from providers who withhold information about their add-on tenant and scaling policies. When looking for a SOC-as-a-service provider, find out what their pricing models and policies are. 

Ideally, you’ll find a company that offers user-based pricing, giving you more control over your protection. 

Get Started With SOC-as-a-Service Today 

SOC-as-a-service offers many cybersecurity benefits for companies looking to tighten their defenses and bring stability to their company infrastructure. It’s more important than ever for companies to put systems in place that protect personal information, trade secrets, brand identity, and business operations. 

AVCTechnologies provides 24/7/365 solutions for businesses looking to make the switch to SOC as a service. For questions, or to learn more about solutions and pricing, speak to one of our solutions architects today. [cta]