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November 2017, Vol. 19, No. 9

Are companies with a SOC team less likely to get breached?

Companies outsource functions of security operations centers. But most agree that management of strategic activities -- security planning, alignment to the business, performance assessments -- should stay in-house. Are companies that have information security operations centers (SOCs) less likely to get breached? That data is hard to come by. Target did not respond to automated warnings about suspicious activity during its 2013 breach. The SOC manager left the retailer in October. The breach occurred in November and was publicly acknowledged by Target on December 19, 2013, after Brian Krebs reported it on his Krebs on Security blog. According to reports by Bloomberg Businessweek and others, alerts issued by FireEye malware detection were noted by Target's security staff in India but then ignored by the SOC team in the United States. Today, the retail company runs a 24/7 Cyber Fusion Center at its Northern Campus in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota. A recent job posting for an event analyst noted that the future SOC team member would ...

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