Why Your SMB Needs a SOC and NOC

A Security Operations Centre (SOC) and Network Operations Centre (NOC) are an important part of your business’s technology and cyber security strategy. According to Gartner, a security operations center (SOC) can be defined both as a team, often operating in shifts around the clock, and a facility dedicated to and organized to prevent, detect, assess and respond to cyber security threats and incidents, and to fulfill and assess regulatory compliance. The Incident Response Consortium says “the NOC handles incidents and alerts that affect performance and availability. The NOC’s job is to meet service level agreements (SLAs) and manage incidents in a way that reduces downtime. It focuses on availability and performance.”

It is important to have both the NOC and SOC work together to ensure that your systems up and running as they should be, and that your environment is constantly monitored for cyber security threats.  As a SMB (small and midsize business), you may be wondering, how is it possible to make this investment and still focus on my actual business? 

They key is to partner with an MSSP with a Managed Security & Managed IT Service.  Building a NOC and SOC from scratch is too cost prohibitive to most SMBs, so finding an IT and cyber security expert to manage it for you is important. 

When you are looking for a managed SOC service, here are 5 key things you should look for:

  • Proactive detection of malicious network and system activity
  • Threat awareness
  • Vulnerability management
  • Awareness of hardware and software assets on your network
  • Log management

Combined with a managed NOC service, your MSSP will be able to:

  • Install, troubleshoot, and update software applications
  • Manage email services
  • Manage data storage and backup
  • Perform network assessments and asset discovery
  • Enforce IT network policies
  • Generate performance reports and recommendations for improvements
  • Monitor firewalls and intrusion prevention systems
  • Perform antivirus scanning and remediation
  • Conduct threat analysis

Uzado uses its NOC and SOC to deliver Managed Security and Compliance Services to customers who seek solutions for their cyber security and regulatory requirements. Equipped with subject-matter experts (SMEs) that specialize in specific security technologies, Uzado’s team will monitor and alert you when needed. Whether you need a SIEM (Security Information and Event Management) or already have one in use, Uzado will tailor its managed services to meet your needs.