Even with a SIEM, continuously monitoring network traffic is a complex endeavor. This 24/7 process can overwhelm the most seasoned IT operations teams
Increasingly, certified security analysts leverage artificial intelligence (AI)-based analysis to reduce SIEM noise. This hybrid AI approach to continuous monitoring sifts out false positives, which frees analysts to chase down truly pernicious alerts. Even with AI’s help, there may be hundreds of daily alerts requiring investigation. The strength of an organization’s threat detection hinges on its ability to eliminate false positives, proactively hunt for signs of false negatives (threats that appear quantitatively innocuous but have qualitatively threatening properties), and respond to them in real time.
Organizations must respond swiftly and effectively to IOCs to, ideally, prevent loss of data and other damages. If the threat progresses, however, the goal becomes containing the threat to prevent further damage to the organization, or to implement a disaster recovery plan.
This process, known as incident response (IR), is an all-hands-on-deck effort. It requires quick thinking by incident responders on the front lines (system quarantines, patching, etc.), but also strategic action from employees, managers, public relations teams and other stakeholders whose jobs are to maintain business operations and mitigate reputational fallout. It’s not a matter of if, but when your law firm gets breached. Incident response is your last line of defense.
Security Operations Center
All of the above are central components of the security operations center (SOC), a critical element of any modern cybersecurity strategy. For law firms, the combination of full-time expertise, a SIEM, continuous monitoring and incident response seemed like a pipe dream, and up until recently, it was.
Today, however, SOC-as-a-service is a viable option for law firms unable to budget millions of dollars to create and operate their own SOC. AWN CyberSOC™ delivers the required components–security expertise (via Consierge Security™ teams), SIEM technology, continuous monitoring, threat detection and incident response—all at a predictable, subscription-based cost.