On the subject of SOCs


In an era of ever-evolving cyber threats, more businesses are starting to look towards the implementation of a Security Operations Centre (SOC) to further strengthen their defences.

Whilst this was previously a luxury of enterprise sized organizations, we’re now seeing this open up within the SME space. This is down to necessity, and the availability of outsourced SOC solutions in partnership with typical MSP support offerings.

We’ve gone through some common questions regarding SOCs, and the direction we’re seeing things heading:

What is a SOC?

A Security Operations Centre (SOC) is a team of cybersecurity experts, supported by advanced technologies that continuously monitor and defend your business’s digital infrastructure against cyber threats.

They will typically review and respond to alerts from security solutions such as Anti-Virus & EDR, alongside logs from endpoints, server infrastructure, firewalls, and cloud platforms such as Microsoft 365.

Is typical IT support enough?

Whilst support from a Managed Services Provider like Computer Geeks goes a long way in ensuring systems are appropriately secured and threats are responded to and remediated, this a different service to that delivered by a specialist Security Operations Centre.

It’s also important to note that cyber threats can strike at any time, so 24/7 monitoring and incident response becomes very important.

How can SMEs who don’t employ their own inhouse cyber team benefit from the extra security associated with a SOC?

There’s a growing trend for MSPs to partner with outsourced SOC services to enhance their security offering and provide a comprehensive solution to their clients. The MSP would interface directly with the SOC on their clients behalf, and the client gets to benefit from the expertise and experience of a dedicated team.

How does this fit into the solutions provided by Computer Geeks?

Whilst we’re not quite ready to launch our SOC-as-a-Service solution, it’s certainly on the horizon. Watch this space and please get in touch if you’d like more information.