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SOC as a service

(also security operations center as a service, SOC-as-a-Service)

SOC as a service definition

SOC as a service is a security solution when a business outsources their cybersecurity operations to a dedicated cybersecurity center. It is usually a subscription or software-based.

A traditional SOC is a dedicated site where an enterprise's information systems (websites, applications, databases, data centers, servers, networks, desktops, and other endpoints) are monitored, assessed, and defended. However, operating a SOC in-house can be complex and expensive, requiring skilled staff, tools, and processes.

SOC as a service helps businesses overcome these challenges by providing access to a shared SOC facility managed by an experienced third-party provider. This service is especially beneficial for small and medium-sized businesses that may not have the resources to operate their own SOC.

See also: SECaaS

Functions of SOC as a service

SOC providers often have advanced security analytics capabilities, employ highly-skilled security analysts, and operate 24/7, providing businesses with a higher level of security than they might be able to afford in-house.

SOC as a service typically provides:

  • Continuous monitoring and analysis of data activity.
  • Threat intelligence, detection, and remediation.
  • Compliance assurance and reporting.
  • Incident response and management.
  • Risk management and vulnerability assessment.
  • Security awareness and training.