SOCs transitioning to Cyber Defense Centers

Trust is a market differentiator for the 21st century clients. To achieve trust, service providers need to protect client’s sensitive information which are either corporate secrets or personal information. Add to it, the responsibility to build a resilient infrastructure to deliver continuity of services or to recover from the disaster with minimal downtime. The same principle applies if there are no service providers in the picture and majority of the security operation is in-house.

Cyber threats and modus operandi of rogue stakeholders in the cyberspace is marching towards an advanced level of sophistication. To prepare well, organizations are transforming their security operations and making it more strategic. Security operations are now characterized by keywords, such as intelligence driven, fusion or defense centers leveraging AI, machine learning and big data. Other strategic elements are building functions on insider threats, red & blue teams, hunters, honey potting and security innovation etc.

Cyber Defense Center, the new avatar of SOC is believed to be more mature and is expected to achieve the protection principle via in depth defense methodologies. The focus of cyber defense or fusion centers is convergent analytics to deliver informed decision making for all the stakeholders. It is also imperative that concepts such as cognitive, machine learning and AI augments security workforce in the organizations. The backbone is intelligence led methodologies that would require special focus on procuring right set of technologies and building pertinent skill sets among security & IT workforce.

The key is to understand that these cyber defense centers would no longer be detecting and responding in the ‘Internet of me’ rather it has to deal with ‘Internet of everything’. It should recognize its clients, network and workforce dynamically. The cyber defense centers would deploy, analyse, predict and shape the ecosystem around it. It has to be agile as per the organization’s evolving perimeter which is getting extended or optimized on regular basis. Also, the security and response emanating from it needs to cater the requirements of hybrid network architecture. The list is endless with respect to building a robust cyber defense center on the top of existing SOC in any organization. Organizations around the globe have taken a leap of faith towards this journey and would eventually learn to build strong models with implementation experiences.

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