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Security Operations Center Best Practices

From the Global Maritime Cybersecurity Consortium, by Cliff Neve, Director of MAD Maritime

In the ever-changing cybersecurity landscape, staying ahead of the curve is paramount. A Security Operations Center (SOC) is the central hub of an organization's cybersecurity efforts, functioning as a vigilant guardian against an ever-growing array of cyber threats. With its sophisticated tools, highly trained personnel, and advanced threat detection capabilities, a SOC is crucial in safeguarding an organization's digital assets.

Adversaries work around the clock, making 24/7/365 defense a necessity. The volume and sophistication of attacks increase every day, as evidenced by the MTS-ISAC’s threat sharing. It takes a combination of sophisticated tools and trained analysts to parse through the massive number of logs and apply intelligence to monitor and detect nefarious activity in your infrastructure. For most organizations, it is infeasible to staff, train, manage, and retain 10-15 highly trained analysts for an around the clock SOC while paying for and updating all the necessary technical tools. For the cost of 2-3 analysts (or perhaps one for small organizations), an outsourced SOC as a Service Trusted Partner can provide the staffing and the technology. As there always seems to be more to do and never enough resources for a cybersecurity team, the difference in freeing up 8-12 resources can be very significant. And because SOC is the sole focus of these organizations, a SOC as a Service will use the tools more efficiently and effectively than most in-house SOCs can.

We invite you to join our exclusive training session at the Maritime Cybersecurity Summit, where we'll delve into the essential functions of a SOC. Whether you're a seasoned professional or new to the world of cybersecurity, this session will equip you with invaluable insights into the SOC's pivotal role in safeguarding digital assets. Our training session will reveal the core responsibilities of a SOC, showcasing how it functions as the nerve center of an organization's cybersecurity efforts. Through expert-led presentations, real-world case studies, and demonstrations, you'll gain a deep understanding of the tools, technologies, and methodologies SOCs employ to monitor, detect, and respond to cyber alerts in real-time. You'll explore intrusion detection systems, SIEM (Security Information and Event Management) solutions, managed detection and response (EDR/MDR) tools, and threat intelligence feeds and learn how they empower SOC analysts to identify anomalies and thwart potential security breaches. We'll look at the best ways to communicate threat and incident information to senior leadership in your organization so that they truly understand the impact on your business.

Join us for this informative training session and discover how a well-equipped SOC is critical in fortifying your organization's defenses against cyber threats. Whether you want to learn about SOC functions and objectives, enhance your cybersecurity skill set, broaden your knowledge, or sharpen your analysis skills, this session will help you stay ahead in the ongoing battle for digital security. Don't miss this opportunity to gain insights and practical skills that can significantly impact your organization’s cybersecurity posture.

This session will be led by MAD Security’s President, Jeremy Conway, and Director of MAD Maritime, Cliff Neve. Both have decades of experience in security operations. Jeremy built the NASA SOC in Huntsville and was the lead researcher for NitroSecurity, one of the first true SIEM tools, which McAfee acquired as their current SIEM. Cliff built out Coast Guard Cyber Command’s SOC in 2013, and together, they have built a maritime SOC that leverages novel concepts to provide shoreside security operations and manages SOC as a Service for ships in limited bandwidth environments.

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