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6 Cybersecurity Lessons From 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic exposed new weaknesses in enterprise cybersecurity preparedness.
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Security Operations Centers Need Recalibration

The large-scale shift to remote work triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic put an enormous strain on already overburdened security operations centers (SOCs). In an Exabeam survey of some 1,005 cybersecurity professionals who manage and operate SOCs, 35% of US respondents cited communications with other team members as the most significant pandemic-related challenge. Thirty-four percent reported difficulty investigating security incidents, and 30% described a lack of visibility into individual networks as an issue. Nearly one in two (47%) of the US SOC members in the survey reported having problems with new tools, including SaaS applications.

"SOC managers with immature processes learned very quickly that when the SOC team is not mostly in the same room, nothing worked as well," says John Pescatore, director of emerging security trends at the SANS Institute.

Going forward, security operations groups will need to implement architectures better equipped to address the requirements of hybrid environments where a large section workforce is remote.

Eric Parizo, an analyst with Omdia, says security information and event management (SIEM) is one area within the SOC, in particular, that will see a lot of change. Newly distributed workforces and ongoing digital transformation initiatives will accelerate the transition to cloud-based SIEMs, he says.

"As the new heart of cloud-based SecOps solutions sets, next-gen SIEMs are SaaS-based, offer built-in activity and behavioral analytics, and offer flat-fee-based data ingestion supporting multiple public clouds, as well as traditional on-premise and network data sources," Parizo says.

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