Many Security Operations Centers Are Falling Short

 
 
By Karen A. Frenkel  |  Posted 03-22-2017 Email
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    Many Security Operation Centers Are Falling Short
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    Many Security Operation Centers Are Falling Short

    Security Operations Centers are not mature, so companies are shifting to outsourcing, managed security services and automation to cope with talent shortages.
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    Security Operations Lack Maturity
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    Security Operations Lack Maturity

    Over the past 5 years, 27% of cyber-defense organizations didn't score even a Level 1 security operations maturity model (SOMM), which means they didn't meet minimal requirements to provide security. (Level 5 is the top level.)
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    SOMM Scores Fall Short
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    SOMM Scores Fall Short

    The median SOMM score of the organizations in the study was 1.36. The recommended score is a 3.
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    Service Organizations Improving the Most
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    Service Organizations Improving the Most

    Looking at median scores by industry verticals, services organizations have had the highest SOMM scores over the past 5 years.
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    Rapid Leadership Turnover
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    Rapid Leadership Turnover

    During the past 8 years, security leadership has been turning over an average of every 18 months.
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    Meeting Business Goals and Maturity Levels
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    Meeting Business Goals and Maturity Levels

    Over the past 5 years, only 18% of the assessed organizations have been meeting business goals and working toward achieving—or have achieved—the recommended maturity level.
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    Business SOMM Tops Other Categories
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    Business SOMM Tops Other Categories

    Of the four assessed categories—Business, People, Process and Technology—the Business category scored a median 1.52, which was the highest maturity level achieved.
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    Services Score Better Than Telecom
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    Services Score Better Than Telecom

    In the industry verticals, the services industry maintained the highest median SOMM score of 1.76, while telecom scored the lowest at 0.97.
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    South America Had Best Regional Score
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    South America Had Best Regional Score

    With a median score of 1.89, South America scored the highest median SOMM score of assessed regions for the second year in a row.
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    Health Care SOMM Rising
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    Health Care SOMM Rising

    Health care continues to increase its median industry maturity score, with a 1.66 this year over last year's 1.58 score.
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    Energy Industry Maturing Rapidly
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    Energy Industry Maturing Rapidly

    The energy industry showed great maturity growth this year, increasing its median score from 1.54 in the 2016 report to 1.64 in the 2017 report.
 

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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