Tips for Selecting the Right Tools for Your Security Operations Center

Selecting the best SOC tools is no easy feat for security leaders. How do you know you’re making the right decision and ensuring there isn’t overlap with other technologies?

If you’re evaluating options, Gartner provides a useful framework that will help you select the right solution that is tailored to your specific needs. Here’s what to do and what not to do when choosing SOC tools!

What's inside the Gartner® report

Security leaders need to consider how new tools contribute to the SOC’s mission and enhance maturity, rather than complicate the work performed by SOC staff, given the burdens already placed on these, typically short-staffed, teams (e.g., analysts, engineers, threat hunters and incident responders).

In this vendor-agnostic report you will learn: 

  • What capabilities are required to build a modern SOC
  • What tools help mature security operation centers
  • Reasons SOC tooling projects fail or succeed
  • How technology investments can help you achieve your desired security outcomes

Building a Modern SOC

To build a modern SOC, a number of elements are needed including qualified personnel and processes to help with intermediate and complex decisions and technologies for detection and response.

When adding to your tech stack, SOC tools should align with these high-level capabilities:

  • Monitoring and threat detection 
  • Threat intelligence
  • Detection engineering
  • Incident response and hunting

Tips for selecting SOC tools

Here are quick tips from Gartner to help you chose the best security tools for your organization. 

  • Align the tool selection process according to the target operating model and goals of the SOC
  • Make technology investments that match business risk requirements, IT roadmap, staff skill sets, and enhance areas of the SOC with operational challenges
  • Involve stakeholders beyond the security team
  • Be flexible during organizational and business changes 

Find the best SOC tools that fit your needs today!

“Gartner, Tips for Selecting the Right Tools for Your Security Operations Center, Al Price, Jeremy D’Hoinne, Angela Zhao, 1 November 2022. GARTNER is a registered trademark and service mark of Gartner, Inc. and/or its affiliates in the U.S. and internationally and is used herein with permission. All rights reserved.”

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