The SOC New Normal: Hybrid and Virtual SOCs in the COVID-19 Crisis by Gilad David Maayan

December 2, 2020

Times of social disruption are prime opportunities for criminals to carry out cyberattacks. Organizations are often distracted by other pressing matters and security teams may already be overwhelmed. For example, when work from home restrictions was put in place, many security teams had to scramble to secure hundreds or thousands of remote connections and devices.

This scramble and the general stress that people feel leads to gaps in security and rash actions. When already stressed, teams are more likely to make configuration errors, to overlook threats, or simply be too overwhelmed to respond to issues.

During COVID-19, in particular, attackers took the opportunity to target the US Department of Health and Human Services. This attack was meant to disrupt operations and the flow of information to the public. Hackers have also been posing as WHO and the CDC in an attempt to phish information from unsuspecting users. 

What Is a Security Operations Center? 

A security operations center (SOC) is a department created in an organization that houses your IT security team. This team is typically made up of security analysts, engineers, and managers. From the SOC, your team monitors and manages your systems and responds to threats as needed. 

SOCs enables you to centralize your security operations,....

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