Our Predictions for the Future of SOCs (Security Operations Centers)

Our Predictions for the Future of SOCs (Security Operations Centers)

What are Solutions Review’s predictions for the future of SOCs (Security Operations Centers)? What can enterprises expect when setting up and operating their SOCs, and what can do to perhaps influence that future? 

On June 29, Cysiv will conduct its SOC-as-a-Service: The Future Of SOC, Today webinar. The webinar plans to cover vital topics including why traditional SOC approaches and cloud-native SOCs. 

We’re planning on attending the webinar to learn Cysiv’s findings and predictions. However, we also have some predictions on the future of SOCs and SOC-as-a-Service. Here are our thoughts on the subject. 

Our Predictions for the Future of SOCs 

SOCs-as-a-Service Become the Norm

One of our main predictions for the future of SOCs is that traditional SOCs are going to be increasingly difficult to manage in the coming years. In fact, SOCs create challenges for even the most prepared IT security team. 

First, Exabeam discovered 40 percent of businesses still struggle with SOC staff shortages with 23 percent of SOC offices across the U.S are understaffed by more than 10 employees. Obviously, an understaffed SOC can actually hinder your optimal cybersecurity effectiveness by stretching available brainpower too thin. 

At the same time, having a SOC is a critical component of managing cybersecurity solutions, threat hunting, and incident response. Indeed, SOCs can serve as the command center during times of cyber-crisis, directing resources and ensuring clear lines of communication during a breach, leak, or attack. 

So enterprises in the future will begin finding ways to make up for the deficiency in cybersecurity staffing. SOCs-as-a-Service offers one such route, allowing enterprises the opportunity to hire a fully staffed, professionally trained SOC which can perform the duties without the same overhead. 

Cybersecurity is slowly moving towards a more managed paradigm. SOC-as-a-Service simply reflects that future and provides a means to prepare for it. 

SOCs Will Need to Account for New IT Environments

Another of our predictions for the future of SOCs involves the aftermath of the pandemic. While the globe isn’t quite out of the woods yet (despite the prevalent optimism), we can see the end of the COVID-19 era. However, the effects of the pandemic will be felt for years to come, especially in the future of IT environments. 

Employees have become not adapted but enthusiastic about work-from-home, a necessity during the pandemic to help slow the spread of the disease. Many employees now claim they would quit their jobs if they were told they couldn’t continue working from home. 

Your enterprise will need to adjust to the new reality that work-from-home might be the permanent state of business moving forward. As part of this adjustment, you need the capacity to monitor and conduct incident response efforts on endpoints and connections outside the corporate network. This means the reach and scope of your SOC must expand to match. Most likely, this means adapting to the cloud, which can provide that scope. 

For more, check out the SOC-as-a-Service: The Future Of SOC, Today webinar by Cysiv on June 29. For more on SIEM, check out the SIEM Buyer’s Guide

Ben Canner