While cybersecurity operations are concerned with safeguarding an organization's websites, data, databases, and communication channels, a Security Operations Center (SOC) should also protect the organization's business processes.

FREMONT, CA: The expense of establishing and maintaining a complicated SOC center is prohibitively expensive for the vast majority of small and medium-sized businesses. The same is true for acquiring the necessary IT personnel to establish and operate a SOC capable of meeting ever-increasing IT security needs. Another significant difficulty confronting corporations is resolving frequently conflicting interests among teams and departments within their organizational structure.

The Advantages of SOC Outsourcing are as follows:

Acquire Cybersecurity Knowledge Immediately

An organization can circumvent these issues by contracting with an external SOC by utilizing a bidding process to select a service provider with competitive pricing and access to a pool of experienced cybersecurity professionals.

By conducting an independent cybersecurity audit, an MSSP finds particular security holes and balances the interests of all stakeholders, avoiding conflicts of interest between organizational departments.

The primary advantage of contracting external cybersecurity professionals is that they are immediately available with extensive experience securing similar environments and access to cyber-threat monitoring and research databases.

Implementation Ease and Scalability

Adopting an in-house security operations center is costly and challenging to operate, as current security operations must contend with overly complex IT infrastructures and sophisticated cyber threats. A SOC must protect the immediate perimeter of the organization and remote sites and mobile devices that connect to the network, which is somewhat problematic as an increasing number of employees work from home offices.

Scalability is another issue with in-house SOCs. The business must continuously invest extensively in expanding and updating the hardware and software tools necessary to maintain an acceptable degree of protection. That is why contracting an external SOC provides a significantly higher return on investment (ROI).

Cost Savings on Overall Cybersecurity

For the average organization, the initial expenditure in establishing a SOC and the subsequent costs are highly burdensome. According to estimates, a company would have to pay twice as much to maintain an efficient SOC domestically as it would to outsource its cybersecurity operations. An MSSP (Managed Security Services Provider) can leverage economies of scale, which results in lower operational costs for an organization.

The costs of outsourcing the SOC functions are classified as operating expenses (OPEX) rather than capital expenses (CAPEX), which makes budgeting for them more accessible.

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