When the security community talks about an organization’s cybersecurity posture, they are talking about the ability to withstand attacks. In other words, your cybersecurity posture is the set of collective measures you have put in place to mitigate your risk of a security breach. Let’s be frank, here: There is no such thing as zero risk. But the more layers and defenses you have, the stronger your cybersecurity posture will be. SOC services form a large part of your cybersecurity defense.
Cybersecurity Practices Past and Present
At one time, preventive measures were enough to have an effective cybersecurity posture. For example: antivirus protection in place, a firewall with intrusion prevention, and a solid password policy mandating strong passwords and regular changes. If this is what you have today, your internal IT department probably manages them, and they likely do a pretty good job. But modern security breaches have evolved; they are the work of determined, sophisticated criminals. You can have all the preventive measures in the world in place, but despite IT’s best efforts, criminals still manage to find their way in.
That means we need to change the way we approach security. Your IT department should focus on other things that are strategic to the business: implementing a technology strategy, reducing downtime, streamlining operations, and driving your business forward. Cybersecurity has evolved as a discipline distinct from IT.
How a Security Operations Center Fits In
Focusing on cybersecurity calls for cybersecurity specialists, equipped with the proper tools, staffing a full-time security operations center (SOC). Usually, however, only the largest companies have the means to build out the essential infrastructure and hire specialized staff that works 24/7 on security. Smaller and midsized companies need the economies of scale that come with a third-party provider so they can access and afford the necessary expertise. That’s where an organization like SOCBOX comes in.
As a managed security service provider (MSSP), we become your cybersecurity department and handle the aspects of maintaining a modern, strong and effective cybersecurity posture. These include:
- Prevention — a function that typically still falls to the IT department, but we can monitor those systems for you
- Detection — ability to detect an intruder who manages to elude the preventive measures, using a variety of tools monitored by experts that know what to look for
- Frameworks and policies — formally documented procedures on how both the SOC team and your own IT staff will act and respond in different scenarios
- Staff education — formalized instruction to promote vigilance, since the majority of successful attacks involve criminals acquiring and using employee credentials
- Assessments— a regular program for assessing cybersecurity risks, which can include penetration testing and vulnerability scanning
There’s one other important element of a cybersecurity posture: insurance, to protect the business against the costs (and in some cases, regulatory penalties) of a security incident. We’re not an insurer, but our services lower your risk and can help you qualify for and, in some cases, lower your costs for coverage.
Most organizations rely on their IT departments and presume their internal organizations are able to shoulder the full load of cybersecurity responsibilities. They don’t think about going beyond basic prevention until they (or one of their peers) get hit with a breach. That’s an unfortunate reality, but you can change that. If you’d like to bolster your cybersecurity posture before something happens, reach out to the SOCBOX team today at 877-284-7789 or firstname.lastname@example.org.