What is SecOps? Everything you need to know

SecOps are a combination of security and IT operations personnel, highly specialised teams focused on monitoring and assessing risk and protecting company assets, often operating within a Security Operations Centre (SOC).

Cyber security attacks are on the rise, and the new challenges of handling large numbers of employees in remote locations during and after a pandemic make detecting and preventing threats even more challenging.

69% of executives surveyed as part of the Accenture Security State of Cyber Resilience 2020 report said that staying ahead of attackers is a constant struggle and the cost is unsustainable.

What is SecOps?

Security Operations (SecOps) is the continuous alignment of cybersecurity and IT operations to effectively mitigate risk; SecOps team members share responsibility for all security issues and are held accountable for the entire operational cycle of Assuring security application. Historically, security and operations teams often have different and conflicting business objectives.

Operations teams focus on tuning systems to achieve target performance and uptime. In contrast, the security team focused on meeting regulatory requirements, building defences and responding to security issues. The disadvantage of this model is that security is seen as a secondary thing and sometimes even as a burden that delays operations and generates overhead costs.

SecOps benefits and objectives 

Security and IT operations teams often work in isolation from each other, making it very difficult to identify and defend against cybersecurity threats and mitigate their impact if they turn out to be attacks. By centralising security and IT operations in a dedicated SecOps team, organisations can quickly and intelligently prevent and resolve security issues.

SecOps provides the following business benefits and objectives Continuous protection. Fast and effective response. Reduced vulnerability and operational costs. Prevent threats before they occur. Security expertise. Compliance with regulations. Communication and collaboration Improve company reputation.

SecOps resource requirements

SecOps teams must look for technology solutions that define “security policy as code” that can be automatically and globally applied to any new IT asset configuration. These policies must be rigorous enough to protect the enterprise from threats and ensure compliance, yet dynamic enough to keep the business innovative. SecOps teams must also standardise security incident tracking in a usable format.

In an ideal world, this would mean that scanning, prioritisation and remediation are all done on a single platform. What does a SecOps centre do? Continuous network monitoring Careful network monitoring covers all elements of the IT environment, including public, private and cloud infrastructure.

SecOps teams are responsible for implementing incident response protocols and taking appropriate action and preventative measures to limit damage.