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.