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Streamlining security operations centers

Streamlining security operations centers (SOC): The transition from a security operations center to a threat collaboration environment.

1. Alarm details

Real-time alarms and alerts are triggered for various reasons, such as video motion and analytics, door events, intercom buttons, temperature sensors, or Internet of Things (IoT) devices… the list goes on. When alerts are received, security command center operators need to know:

  • The date and time of the alarm
  • The type of alarm and what triggered the event

2. Location, location, location

Knowing the location of the alarm is critical to coordinating a response. SOC operators need to know:

  • The building name, floor, area, or zone where the alarm occurred
  • The geolocation of the alarm automatically plotted on the map

3. Livestreams from nearby video

Situational awareness requires immediate live video feeds from cameras near the triggered event. The SOC counts on geospatial association with the ability to pinpoint each device to locate and show nearby live video feeds.

4. Alarm clips provide immediate context

Wherever and whenever possible, operators require video clips of triggered events. A well-integrated SOC should automatically capture a short clip from the camera nearest the event showing what triggered the alarm.

With a solid baseline for the necessary functionality from integrated security systems, security leaders can work to ensure compatibility across SOC technologies. By ensuring that alarms reach SOC operators; the surveillance feeds and other monitoring systems are organized, and SOC employees can produce reports of SOC activities, security leaders can reduce risk in their organizations.

Today’s SOC teams must protect more assets, people, and locations, often using an expanding list of devices — many installed by different teams at different times. When combining security technologies, security teams can respond more quickly to events and improve security outcomes.

Impact and Result

  • A unified security operations process actively transforms security events and threat information into actionable intelligence, driving security prevention, detection, analysis, and response processes, addressing the increasing sophistication of physical and cyber threats, and guiding continuous improvement.

Author –  Simon Morgan


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