First, as of the past decade, cybersecurity threats have increased and changed dramatically. Legacy methods, such as antivirus and firewall together with patch management, used to be pretty good prevention methods but can no longer thwart the modern attacker. Hackers can easily bypass existing controls and operate within a network and systems for weeks, sometimes months, before they are detected – if they are detected at all.

Secondly, larger organizations have been building security operations centers (SOCs) for years, but their cost is prohibitive for many smaller and medium-sized organizations. SOC-as-a-Service (security operations center as a service) strives to meet this demand and enable enterprises to engage and secure their networks and systems at less cost, if choosing solution for a SOC-as-a-Service.

Third, Article 33 of the GDPR requires organizations to report data leaks and data breaches, including measures taken to manage and respond to such breaches, within 72 hours. Unless supported by the right skills, tools, and processes, most organizations will regularly fail to take the correct actions in time. A SOC enables automated detection and reporting.

The challenge most organizations face is how to retain and evolve their resources

The complexity of today’s IT environments is one of the main reasons why the larger IT industry is currently suffering from a cybersecurity skills shortage. The network architecture has changed and legacy systems have been replaced by new systems that require new defense tools, software, processes, and strategies. To meet growing threats, organizations must invest more in cybersecurity-skilled resources.

I read that Gartner predicted already one year ago, that the cybersecurity industry is facing an increased talent crisis. The demand for cybersecurity experts is predicted to be outstripping supply by 25% and analysts are predicting 1.8 million unfilled positions by 2022. There will be a major gap between needed skills and available ones. The market for security professionals therefore offer competitive salaries that are difficult for most organizations to match, regardless of their size, unless enormous budget is at hand.

The answer many has been looking for is the Security Operation Center (SOC) that can support all organizations that lack sufficient or enough of own Cybersecurity professional resources.

New sophisticated attacks can best be managed through a SOC

As cyberattacks become increasingly sophisticated, it can take up to 99 days for a malicious attack to be identified. The good news is that this is down from 146 days in 2015, but is still a long window of opportunity for a cybercriminal, competitor, aggressive nation state, or disgruntled employee to access to your business systems and critical information assets. As end users increasingly bring personal smartphones and tablets to work (BYOD) and sign up for various cloud-based business applications, often unbeknownst to their organization’s IT department, the risk increases because many of these end-point devices lack protection and may leave core systems vulnerable to attack.

How SOC enables organizations to secure their networks, systems, and data even if they don’t have enough skilled resources

All organizations, regardless of size, must be able to respond to attacks. A SOC-as-a-Service provides them with the ability to increase their security posture and enables them to:

  • Detect and stop to advanced security threats in real time, all the time, so the lapse between detection and response is reduced
  • Respond quickly to ensure attackers’ sessions are isolated and shut down before actual damage or data leaks occur
  • Support the growth of expertise in security staff to improve security and enable in-house staff to handle threats in cooperation with the SOC
  • Simplify compliance reporting and measurements for regulated industries as well as for risk-based approached or compliance-focused organizations
  • Reduce the cost of protecting the network, system, and data environments
  • Focus on their core business, knowing that a partner and trusted provider is protecting them.

SOC or M-SOC services must be tailored to an organization’s specific context and business ambitions. Capgemini meets this need with services that are flexible yet able to evolve with emerging threats and ensure that sophisticated attacks are identified and managed.

Capgemini’s Security Operations Centers (SOCs) orchestrate the multiple roles, processes and technology needed to enable efficient incident detection, analysis and response. Comprising a set of processes, technologies, and a team of trusted security analysts and R&D specialists, each SOC provides complete visibility of both any organizations IT.

The progressive range of end-to-end services is delivered through our proven Security Operations Center (SOC) model. With a worldwide presence, our global SOCs adapt their service delivery mode according to each customer’s needs. Visit us to read more and find details about our SOC and its references. For further discussions on GDPR or SOC-as-a-Service, please reach out by leaving a comment in form below and we will contact you shortly.