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Secured.21: A day in the SOC

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Why has the security operation center (SOC) emerged as an essential core element of cybersecurity strategy? What are the challenges facing companies seeking to create one? What are the central functions of a SOC? How does an extended visibility defense and response (XDR) platform simplify and automate some of the SOC’s roles to improve speed and efficiency? And what are the advantages of using a third-party managed XDR service to provide SOC services?

Get detailed, in-depth answers to these and other questions in a presentation recorded during Barracuda’s recent Secured.21 virtual customer conference. In this session, entitled “Deep dive: A day in the SOC — real time monitoring and incident response,” Adam Khan, VP of Barracuda’s Cyber Intelligence Center, explains how a modern SOC works to minimize risks and costs associated with cyberthreats.

Challenges of DIY SOC

It turns out that today’s SOCs include a wide variety of roles, each requiring specific expertise and training. Data analysts, cloud security specialists, email security experts, remediation specialists, and others are all needed to provide the comprehensive monitoring, detection, and response that a SOC must deliver 24/7/365. Unfortunately, there is a shortage of qualified security experts, leaving 3.5 million cybersecurity jobs currently unfilled, according to research by Cybersecurity Ventures. And if you can find them, it will cost an estimated $4 million just to onboard the talent you need.

Another approach is to engage a third-party SOC to provide managed XDR services for your organization, and Adam spends the second half of the presentation providing a detailed breakdown of how Barracuda SKOUT Managed XDR works to deliver state-of-the-art wraparound SOC services to its clients.

What is SKOUT Managed XDR?

Here’s a clip in which Adam provides a high-level overview of how the many roles and tasks within the SOC are organized and how they interact to optimize customers’ security and minimize risk.

In the presentation, you’ll also learn how SKOUT protects against a wide range of attacks and multiple types of attacker, and how it executes a seven-step incident-response process that iteratively improves over time:

  1. Preparation
  2. Identification
  3. Escalation
  4. Containment
  5. Eradication
  6. Recovery
  7. Lessons learned

Finally, Adam provides a basic, practical checklist that you can follow to ensure that your cybersecurity infrastructure can deliver the protection needed against today’s threats:

  1. Take inventory. Which SOC duties are currently covered? Which ones are not? Where are your gaps? A clear-eyed assessment is critical to achieving comprehensive protection.
  2. Who you gonna call? When an incident occurs, you need a team of experts ready to offer guidance and assistance in responding. Being able to call upon the experts who staff Barracuda SKOUT Managed XDR can give you a huge advantage.
  3. Get informed. Sign up for threat advisories from, so that you’re always aware of the latest trends and emerging new threats.
  4. Close the gaps. Talk to your MSP or Barracuda representative to understand the best ways to quickly close any gaps in your security.

There’s much more to discover in this session about the technology behind managed XDR and the detailed, step-by-step work done by the Barracuda SKOUT SOC. Watch the full presentation to gain a full understanding of why and how today’s SOC helps reduce risks and costs while improving operational continuity and effectively responding to security incidents.

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