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Modern SOCs a 'Painful' Challenge Amid Growing Complexity: Report

A new study examines the tools and technologies driving investment and activities for security operations centers.

The complexity in managing security operations centers (SOCs) has spiked, survey data shows.

In its Second Annual Study on the Economics of Security Operations Centers, the Ponemon Institute found 81% of companies considered managing a SOC to be highly complex.

The survey of 682 SOC managers, security analysts, general security practitioners, IT managers, and directors who have a SOC in their organizations also revealed:

  • The ROI of SOC investments is decreasing. More than half (51%) of respondents say the ROI of the SOC is getting worse, compared to 44% in 2019.
  • Working in the SOC is stressful: 85% of respondents report their work is painful or very painful.
  • Despite the challenges, 80% of organizations feel their SOC is essential or very important compared to 73% in 2019.

The Dark Reading report Building the SOC of the Future examines the forces of change that are influencing the activities in today's SOCs, as well as which tools and technologies security leaders are investing in to address an evolving threat landscape.

Read the full report here.

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