As a dedicated business unit, a security operations center (SOC) uses a mixture of standard operating procedures (SOPs) and technology solutions to monitor, evaluate, respond, and prevent cyber-threats in telecom.
Such units can be established in-house or commissioned “as a service” from a vendor. Building a SOC in-house requires higher levels of cybersecurity maturity, niche expertise, and respective budgets. For example, enterprises with a total security budget of $31 million allocate a third of it to SOC maintenance.
Opting for SOC managed services, on the other hand, eliminates the OPEX costs of setting up operations in-house. Additionally, such operational partnerships provide immediate access to required telecom security knowledge, as well as operational best practices and adoption guidance.
Also referred to as SOC as a Service, the managed SOC model assumes inclusive delegation of security operations center setup — from initial security assessment to SOC architecture configuration, team onboarding, and ongoing maintenance.
A managed SOC unit operates as an on-demand extension of your security operations, fully covering a spectrum of security needs such as:
Automated threat detection implementation
Security analytics implementation and reporting
Custom SOC use cases implementation, based on SLAs
All of the above are approached with SIEM (Security Information Event Management) and SOAR (Security Orchestration Automation Response) best practices in the core.
Managed SOC is the optimal solution for local and regional telecoms as this service model offers the optimal price-to-value ratio. An experienced managed SOC provider can assist with both the technology adoption and staffing.
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