Uplevel your SOC with one tool and the insights behind it- Part 1

The goal for every SOC team, regardless of size, is to gather information, determine if there are security vulnerabilities (or worse, an active breach), temporarily isolate infected assets, and then devise a master plan for the proper long-term response. This blog series will review how to uplevel your SOC with one tool and the insights behind it, how it benefits your organization and increases your SOC efficiency.

In this series, We will discuss the main challenges SOCs are facing worldwide. Our next blog will review the affirmative steps required toward creating an efficient SOC for your business and how Check Point Infinity SOC will help you improve your SOC practices.

Traditionally, in building a cybersecurity posture, companies buy security point products and create a defense-in-depth. This approach is limited as the perimeter only extends to public cloud hosts, mobile access, and straight-to-user applications. Point products are designed to find anomalous behaviors, but this is problematic for two reasons. Often, point products are noisy; they emit false positives. Secondly, finding anomalies is only part of the issue. An alert does suggest that “something is wrong,” but lacking the proper telemetry, the SOC is still piecing together the mystery. Where is the tool that unites people, processes, and technology to create better visibility and generate meaningful insights for the SOC?

Can the existing tools cover today’s complex environment?

Piecing alerts to find out what is happening is mostly a manual process today. The following processes are problematic:

  • Generating reliable alerts – Many alerts that are generated are predicated on static conditions that have changed in the network. The question is whether or not an alert is reliable.
  • Prioritizing alerts If a SOC could simply investigate one alert at a time, there would be few problems. In reality, the SOC is looking at a number of alerts concurrently. It is difficult to figure out what alerts to investigate first.
  • Understanding discrete alerts in context to the overall threatAlerts may be firing from any number of security point-products but stitching these alerts together to understand what malware is doing is a time-intensive activity.
  • Converting alerts into insight about a specific threat vector Understanding that there is an adversarial activity in the network is one thing. Determining the type of malware that’s been launched, where it has been, and the damage it has done or will do is another matter entirely.
  • Gaining knowledge about the threat actor Without adversarial insight, it is almost impossible to respond properly.
  • Handling remediation and response that seems disaggregated from detectionWithout understanding the truth of an incident, incident response teams are randomly installing patches or changing policies based on an incomplete picture of a company’s cybersecurity posture.

To read more on what you can do to overcome SOC challenges and how Infinity SOC helps businesses improve their SOC practices, download the IDC Spotlight paper.

How Check Point Infinity SOC helps businesses improve their SOC practices

Check Point Infinity SOC is a cloud-based platform that enables SOC analysts to expose, investigate, and shut down attacks faster and with 99.9% precision. Check Point’s Next Generation firewall customers can quickly onboard, as Infinity SOC does not require any new deployment of probes or sensors.

Infinity SOC uses the power of AI to accurately pinpoint real attacks from millions of daily logs and alerts. It enables SOC teams to quickly respond to the most severe threats with automated triage and single-click remediation.

Infinity SOC allows SOC teams to “Google search” any indicator of compromise (IoC) from a centralized portal and quickly get highly processed threat intelligence and unique research data such as geographical spread, targeted industries, attack timeline, and methods.

Infinity SOC alerts SOC teams when it detects a lookalike domain used to impersonate your corporate website and email domains and provides a takedown option to prevent any brand hijacking attempts.

To read more on what you can do to overcome SOC challenges and how Infinity SOC helps businesses improve their SOC practices, download the IDC Spotlight paper.