Security Operations Centres focus on threat detection and response

Modern Security Operations Centres (SOCs) are on a constant mission to adapt to modern cybersecurity threats. As it seems, they are focusing their attention on threat detection and security alert management.

SOCs are cybersecurity professionals. In short, their job is to scan networks for suspicious behaviour and prevent cyberattacks. Whenever they detect something, they share their findings with other agencies for the benefit of the entire industry.

Previously, they focused their efforts on threat prevention. Now, their focus seems to have shifted to threat detection and proactive response.

According to Gartner’s predictions for 2019, passwordless authentication is another area the cybersecurity industry is exploring. Instead of using regular passwords, biometrics-based authentication seems to be an emerging trend. For example, recently, Google partnered up with the FIDO alliance to facilitate passwordless authentication on Android devices.

Firstbrook commented that passwordless methods are an important step towards combating hackers who keep trying to get their hands on users’ passwords. All in all, they’re a win-win solution, both in terms of usability and cybersecurity.

Gartner has estimated that cloud security failures will increase over the 2019-2023 period. However, vendors are not to blame. Rather, the blame lies with customers.

In today’s marketplace, there is a shortage of cybersecurity experts in general. The future appears to be headed towards an increasing number of vendors offering services with automation, AI, and machine learning. In 2018, the number of unfilled cybersecurity roles totalled 1 million. In 2019, the number is expected to increase to 1.5 million.