Optiv Cybersecurity Dictionary

What is a SOC - Security Operation Center?

A security operation center (SOC) is a formalized function in a company that is staffed with domain experts (either in-house or outsourced) and focuses on preventing, detecting, analyzing and responding to cybersecurity incidents.  


The development of a formal SOC is a typical step a company takes in order to improve the maturity and effectiveness of its cyber defense program. Many regulations require a 24/7 security monitoring program, which can be fulfilled through the development of a SOC with internal staffing or outsourced resources. 

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