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4/12/2019
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8 'SOC-as-a-Service' Offerings

These new cloud services seek to help companies figure out what their traditional SIEM alerts mean, plus how they can prioritize responses and improve their security operations.
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1. Alert Logic
Jack Danahy, senior vice president of security at Alert Logic, says the company's SOC-as-a-service strategy boils down to three factors: a platform that offers visibility into security events, a strong background in threat intelligence, and the 24x7 security expertise to monitor, triage, and escalate the most relevant threats.

[Hear Jack Danahy, senior vice president of security at Alert Logic, present No CISO, No SOC, No Problem: Blocking Bigger Threats with Smaller Teams at Interop 2019 next month.]

Alert Logic targets its SOC-as-a-service offering to the midmarket and resource-constrained companies that Danahy says don't have security people in-house or need to augment their internal security teams. The company has around-the-clock coverage in three time zones, with SOCs in Houston and Cardiff, UK, and additional offices in Austin, Texas, London, and Cali, Colombia.

Image Source: Alert Logic

1. Alert Logic

Jack Danahy, senior vice president of security at Alert Logic, says the company's SOC-as-a-service strategy boils down to three factors: a platform that offers visibility into security events, a strong background in threat intelligence, and the 24x7 security expertise to monitor, triage, and escalate the most relevant threats.

[Hear Jack Danahy, senior vice president of security at Alert Logic, present No CISO, No SOC, No Problem: Blocking Bigger Threats with Smaller Teams at Interop 2019 next month.]

Alert Logic targets its SOC-as-a-service offering to the midmarket and resource-constrained companies that Danahy says don't have security people in-house or need to augment their internal security teams. The company has around-the-clock coverage in three time zones, with SOCs in Houston and Cardiff, UK, and additional offices in Austin, Texas, London, and Cali, Colombia.

Image Source: Alert Logic

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4/15/2019 | 5:30:14 PM
SOC-as-a-Service is critical for mid-market
Glad to see SOC-as-a-Service highlighted as a practical solution for the masses that don't have the wherewithal to staff, resource, and retain an in-house SOC. It's also interesting to see the debate over the definition of this as a defined market. As a side effect of a fast-paced growing market, the phraseology of what's what is very nuanced. What's the difference between an MSSP, a co-managed SIEM, or a SOC-as-a-Service? Depends on who you ask. It would be interesting for sure to see a detailed and agreed-upon definition for each.

Vendors, such as ourselves, can easily see ourselves fitting all three of those categories. At Netsurion, we deliver what we call a co-managed SIEM. I would say that it easily aligns with the concept of a SOC-as-a-Service as well. It includes a fractional SOC team (EventTracker SOC) to fit the needs of the organization, that operates a SIEM platform (EventTracker SIEM) complete with managed security services like vulnerability assessment service, managed EDR (EventTracker EDR), and even managed threat deception service (EventTracker Honeynet) to name a few.

I think regardless of where you land on MSSP, co-managed SIEM, and SOC-as-a-Service markets, most would agree that more technology alone is not going to cut it for 90% of organizations with a security team of 1... or none. All of these solutions address the need for cybersecurity convergence, but are different in what degree do they provide product, people, and process to solve the problem. What layers of defense are within scope? How is it deployed and maintained? How are responsibilities aligned between vendor and customer? 
seven_stones
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4/20/2019 | 2:09:36 PM
Re: SOC-as-a-Service is critical for mid-market
"Figure out what their traditional SIEM alerts mean"? The meaning is usually fairly clear from the default alert text. What the vast majority of organisations need is help with first configuring meaningful alerts (not just the defaults) and then how to respond to them - and this is only possible after gaining intimate knowledge of the environment. Is this part of the offering also? I doubt it because that wouldn't be economical - it does actually take time and skilled resource.

SIEM cannot be outsourced aside from the first level response of a SOC capability - and then only after the aforementioned use cases are configured and the capability is tuned - 18 months at least.

These services do little more than add to the problem.
CG8221
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4/22/2021 | 10:26:21 AM
Re: SOC-as-a-Service is critical for mid-market
These components are part of the offering. SOCaaS I think varies a bit depending on what provider you are talking to.  You are right there is some onboarding that needs to happen and some time to learn and understand the environment, but having a force multiplier of many people that do nothing but SOC analysis have the experiential and contexual experience to learn quick and adjust to your environment with your insight to be most effective. Periodic meetings take place between stakeholder at a client and the technical management team at (eg. NTT Security) to ensure business priorities, context and your ultimate goals fo the service are defined and being attained.  With the collaboration meetings adjustments often are made to best optimize to produce the right valuable alerts using your insight into the context of the business.    Economies of scale hlep make what you describe as economical as (with NTT Security for example) we have datacenters and SOCs all over the world and many, many people that do exactly this work for 20+ years. 

 

SIEM can be outsourced it just takes close collaboration with the internal teams and good communication to fine-tune. Does not take as long as you may think and takes a lot less time than trying to build out a capable team of cyber professionals and have them learn the right skillsets to adapt and manage a SOC. 

 
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