Do I have the budget to do this, do I have staff to run a Security Operations Center?
Running a security operations center requires a lot of things. Many of these things can seem to be an expensive investment to keep in-house.
Does your company want to invest in building a secure room and a secured network to facilitate such a function, which would be required due to the confidential data being handled and discussed?
Customers might not want to administer the systems which are part of a Security Operations Center. Such systems could be a SIEM solution, a network monitoring tool, an Endpoint Detection & Response tool, etc. These systems can be complex to set up and require time and certain skillsets to maintain.
Some companies might not be “big” enough to have such a function, as the investment is simply too high compared to the associated risk.
Budget is an important factor as well – not only does these tools cost money; maintaining them also requires people with experience of maintaining such tools. It can be difficult to see the return of investment for such a big investment across people, processes and technology.
Imagine the cost if you had to build this in your own company:
- Identify an appropriate location/room which can secured. Provide network cabling, physical access and ensure the best work environment to make sure analysts are most effective;
- Buy the required technologies – (e.g. a SIEM tool, a vulnerability scanner, a case-handling tool);
- Develop and implement processes for maintaining the technologies;
- Hire staff with a security background and useful experience across platforms;
- Hire staff with experience in managing and maintaining the technologies (capacity, troubleshooting and patching); and
- Maintain skillsets by continued training of staff.
Many of the above would be recurring costs as wages, licences and expenses.
If you recognise some of these challenges, or if you would like to know more about how we can help your company, please do not hesitate to contact us.