Security Operations Center: To Build or Outsource?

  • Jan 24, 2017
  • 2 min read
Security Operations Center: To Build or Outsource?

Is your security strategy similar to the ‘whack-a-mole’ game? Threats pop up in one hole and once you’ve addressed them, they pop up somewhere else. If so, how can your organization shore up its defenses and build a resilient security practice?

A Security Operations Center (SOC) helps organizations stay abreast of the ever-changing threat landscape while safeguarding them against unauthorized malicious activity in real time.

A SOC is made up of an organized and specialized team that constantly monitors and bolsters the security posture of an organization while preventing, detecting, analyzing, and responding to cyber security incidents. This is enabled with the help of technology and well-articulated processes and procedures. Built on the pillars of people, process, and technology, a SOC is evidently a prudent step that organizations can take for maintaining a strong security posture.

If building a captive SOC is on your agenda, you need to invest in specialized resources over a long-term period, which means huge investments in building up infrastructure and hiring specialists. Hence, the bigger question organizations now face is whether to build on their own or outsource it to the experts with access to a deep and wide talent pool in security.

Build or Outsource

Most CIOs face this question for most of their IT decisions. However, the domain of security adds its own layer of complexities when it boils down to such decision-making. Like most of the other technology decisions, selecting the right model for SOC is no different. The decision to opt for any of the SOC models – in-house, outsourced (as a Service) or hybrid – is a tough one.

Needless to say, it requires a well thought out strategy and a judicious planning.  CIOs need to arrive at a decision, keeping in mind their organization’s specific requirements.

Let’s understand what each decision entails.

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