Many Security Operations Centers Are Falling Short

By Karen A. Frenkel  |  Posted 03-22-2017 Email

Organizations are investing heavily in cyber-defense to protect their assets, but the maturity of security operations vary greatly, according to a 2017 study, "State of Security Operations," by Hewlett Packard Enterprise  (HPE). Moreover, there is no quick fix that can provide the protection needed. Some companies are shifting toward outsourcing, using managed security services to overcome the shortage of qualified cyber-security professionals. Others are gradually moving to insourcing through hybrid security staffing. But there is a sense of urgency. Speed is imperative for any successful security operations center, and that has led to a "new focus on formation, real-time detection and response that scale," the report stated. This struggle to find and maintain security operations talent has led to automation and outsourcing with varying success. The report measured the Security Operations Maturity Models (SOMM) of 183 security operations centers and drew conclusions about the maturity of their cyber-defense programs. The maturity levels range from 1 (the lowest) to 5. These SOCs include private sector companies, enterprises across industries, and managed security service providers in 31 countries. Key highlights of the report follow.

Karen A. Frenkel writes about technology and innovation and lives in New York City.


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