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IDC PlanScape: Building a Security Operations Center

This IDC study provides details about building a security operations center."The security operations center serves as the nerve center of an organization's cybersecurity program," says Mike Chapple, adjunct analyst with IDC's IT Executive Programs (IEP). "IT leaders that make investments in staffing and equipping a SOC will gain insight into their organization's security posture and increase their ability to react promptly to cybersecurity incidents."

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IDC PlanScape Figure
Executive Summary
Why Is Building a Security Operations Center Important?
Threats Don't Sleep — Neither Should Your SOC!
SOCs Provide Depth of Expertise
SOCs Provide a Single Point of Contact for Security Issues
What Is a Security Operations Center?
Staffing a SOC
Collecting Relevant Data
Powering the SOC with Technology
Building Consistent Processes
Who Are the Key Stakeholders?
How Can My Organization Take Advantage of a Security Operations Center?
Start Small and Iterate
Use a Virtual SOC to Get Underway
Consider a Managed Security Service Provider
Keep the SOC and NOC Separate
Essential Guidance
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