10 Things You Need to Know About CSM (Continuous Security Monitoring) for SOC Environments | SOCRadar® Cyber Intelligence Inc.

What is a Security Operations Center (SOC)?

How a SOC Works?(SOC)?

  • Logs/user and entity behavior through security information and event management (SIEM)
  • Network traffic through network detection and response (NDR)
  • Endpoint detection and response (EDR)

What is Continuous Security Monitoring?

What are the Goals of Continuous Security Monitoring?

How to Implement CSM and Improve your Organization’s Security Posture?

  • System Definition: SOC team must determine the scope of its continuous monitoring deployment. Which systems are under the purview of the IT organization? Which systems should be subject to continuous monitoring?
  • Risk Assessment:SOC team should conduct a risk assessment of each asset it wishes to secure, categorizing assets based on the risk and potential impact of a data breach. Higher-risk assets will require more rigorous security controls, while low-risk assets may require none at all and could even serve as a “honeypot” — a decoy system that hackers might target before they find something important.
  • Choosing and Implementing Security Control Applications:Once a risk assessment has been completed, the SOC team should determine what types of security controls will be applied to each IT asset. Security controls can include things like passwords and other forms of authentication, firewalls, antivirus software, intrusion detection systems (IDS), and encryption measures.
  • Software Tool Configuration:As the SOC team coordinates the desired security controls to protect key informational assets, it can begin to configure a CSM tool to start capturing data from those security control applications. CSM incorporates a feature called log aggregation that collects log files from applications deployed on the network, including the security applications that are in place to protect information assets. These log files contain information about all events that take place within the application, including the detection of security threats and the measurement of key operational metrics.
  • Ongoing Assessment:Collecting data from throughout the IT infrastructure is not the ultimate goal of continuous monitoring. With millions of data points generated and centralized each day through log aggregation, information must be assessed on an ongoing basis to determine whether there are any security, operational, or business issues that require attention from a human analyst. Many organizations today are leveraging big data analytics technologies, including artificial intelligence and machine learning, to analyze large volumes of log data and detect trends, patterns, or outliers that indicate abnormal network activity.

What are the Benefits of CSM?

  • Increase Visibility and Transparency of Network
  • Enable Rapid Incident Response
  • Reduce System Downtime
  • Drive Business Performance

What are the 10 Things You Need to Know About CSM?

  1. CSM enables SOC to collect, analyze and report the defensive backfield of their organizations.
  2. CSM facilitates the auditing of IT infrastructure and asset details since measurements are held by the program in a repository.
  3. CSM is recognized and supported by numerous organizations and vendors. For example, organizations can use NIST’s reference architecture to implement and maintain their CSM process.
  4. CSM enables the organization to exchange data and records of continuous monitoring with those responsible for supervision.
  5. CSM provides real-time threat intelligence to SOCs and management that can be implemented according to the policy and requirements of the organization.
  6. CSM can address the vast majority of risks to your IT infrastructure by focusing on asset, configuration, and vulnerability management.
  7. CSM strengthens a security culture that empowers employees to make informed decision-making and act in the interest of the organization and its customers
  8. CSM enables improvements to the security practices of management to be enforced effectively and smoothly.
  9. CSM provides an automated mechanism that can significantly enhance the security of the company.
  10. 10. CSM enhances the SOC teams’ understanding of its IT infrastructure by remedying any flaws and vulnerabilities that can be identified through the CSM processes.

What is SOCRadar CMS?

  • Discover your unknown hacker-exposed assets
  • Check if your IP addresses tagged as malicious
  • Monitor your domain name on hacked websites and phishing databases
  • Get notified when a critical zero-day vulnerability is disclosed

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