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May 20, 2021 | PJ Farmer

Using XDR and SOCs for Data Breach Prevention

CISOs and their security teams faced a tough environment in 2020. Cyberattacks increased 600% in 2020. Data breaches, online fraud, ransomware attacks, and other advanced threats reached all-time highs, and are expected to keep rising. While cybercriminals create increasingly sophisticated attacks, even novice hackers are inflicting substantial damage with easy-to-use malware kits and Ransomware as a Service subscriptions available from the Dark Web.

IT organizations turning to SOCs to combat rising threats

In response, IT organizations are working to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of their cybersecurity efforts to protect sensitive data and applications.

What is a SOC?

One major step in that direction is a security operations center (SOC). A SOC specializes in monitoring and hunting security threats to the organization. When threats are identified, the SOC alerts systems owners, advises them on the impacts of the threat to their systems, and assists in resolving any issues related to that threat.

Why use a SOC?

A SOC is important for all organizations, without it, there is no true investment in security expertise and incident resolution. Many organizations budget for tools and functional support of those tools, but fail to budget for the expertise required to realize the business outcome of those tools – which is reducing risk and proactively responding to threats to prevent breaches. Multiple standalone security tools makes it cumbersome to manage policies and analyze the floods of incoming alerts and data.

SOCs use XDR to streamline operations

A SOC requires the right technology in order to operate effectively. Increasingly, the SOC technology of choice is an extended detection and response (XDR) solution.

Extended detection and response, or XDR, is a security solution that ingests data from all security telemetry, not just endpoints or a subset of the environment. Here’s how XDR helps SOCs:

  • Ingesting all types of data sources to enrich detections with high fidelity context for human analyst’s investigations gives the SOC staff a comprehensive view of the entire environment.
  • The data collected is analyzed in one central location, with a single dashboard to view issues and alerts. SOC analysts need not juggle multiple security tools and interfaces to monitor security issues. across the environment
  • Helps SOC staff conduct investigations by providing vital log information, as well as monitoring and detection. This enables cybersecurity analysts to query databases and support a customer’s internal root cause analysis process, in order to take the proper remediation actions.
  • Analytics and automation save cybersecurity teams from many time-consuming manual tasks and filter threat intelligence, so staff receives only verified threat alerts, not floods of false positives.
  • Offers an effective and affordable way to tackle rising cyber-crime. An extended detection and response platform integrates multiple standalone security tools and information sources into one package.

Managed security providers offer XDR and SOC services

Security services can be critically important for busy IT security teams which may lack the experience, skills, or time to manage their own cybersecurity operations. Managed security services providers (MSSPs) can offer a range of services from security monitoring to full SOC services. An MSSP can provide a subscription SOC for companies that prefer not to have an in-house security operations center.

TierPoint, like most leading MSSPs, employs IT security professionals with high levels of expertise in a wide variety of specialties, including network security, cloud security, and cybersecurity tools. For companies that can’t afford to hire an array of specialists, or that prefer to invest that money in other strategic initiatives, an MSSP is a cost-effective way to fill the gaps in their cybersecurity expertise.

XDR services from an MSSP provide multiple benefits to IT security teams that are facing an unprecedented level of cyberattacks. With XDR, an IT security team has a unified view of all threat data as well as the analysis capabilities to help them identify complex security threats.

Learn more about our TierPoint CleanIP™ XDR solution

Our new product, TierPoint CleanIP™ XDR provides SOC as a Service with SIEM as a Service to deliver all the benefits of an integrated XDR solution with support from trusted security analysts and engineers. The security solution uses analytics from diverse information sources including logs, performance metrics, security alerts, and configuration changes to identify threats, including multi-layered attacks. Unlike disparate cybersecurity tools, TierPoint CleanIP™ XDR consolidates all alerts, analysis, and data into one place.

Want to learn more about TierPoint’s new CleanIP XDR solution? Watch TierPoint’s webcast, Next-Gen Data Breach Prevention: Extended Detection and Response (XDR).

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