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7/24/2019
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7 Stats That Show What It Takes to Run a Modern SOC

An inside look at staffing levels, budget allocation, outsourcing habits, and the metrics used by security operations centers (SOCs).
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Staffing Levels

The typical SOC today usually employs two to five analysts, with the plurality of respondents in the SANS study reporting their staffing levels in this range. According to SANS, the size scales by organizational size, with organizations with between 10,000 to 15,000 employees generally running a SOC with six to 10 employees; organizations from 15,001 employees up to 100,000 employees putting together SOC teams of approximately 11-25 analysts; and very large enterprises with over 100,000 employees standing up SOCs with 26 to 100 analysts.

Image Source: SANS Institute 2019 SOC Survey

Staffing Levels

The typical SOC today usually employs two to five analysts, with the plurality of respondents in the SANS study reporting their staffing levels in this range. According to SANS, the size scales by organizational size, with organizations with between 10,000 to 15,000 employees generally running a SOC with six to 10 employees; organizations from 15,001 employees up to 100,000 employees putting together SOC teams of approximately 11-25 analysts; and very large enterprises with over 100,000 employees standing up SOCs with 26 to 100 analysts.

Image Source: SANS Institute 2019 SOC Survey

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