What is SecOps?

SecOps (security operations) refers to the day-to-day practices and techniques used to protect private information and assets from cyber threats. Cyber security operations involve the management of security technologies, detection and response to security incidents and the development and implementation of security policies and procedures.

Key components of a SecOps strategy include threat detection and response solutions such as managed detection and response (MDR), security information and event management (SIEM software) and a security operations centre (SOC). Focus Group’s cyber security experts are on hand to implement and maintain your network operations and security.

SOC (security operations centre)

A SOC (security operations centre) utilises three steps of protection to bolster your security operations. These are threat detection, incident response and recovery. A SOC uses SIEM software and endpoint detection and response (EDR) to broaden visibility of threats and detect security events.

However, what makes a security operations centre unique is its pairing with a third-party team of elite security experts who are on hand to provide 24/7 monitoring, respond to security incidents and remediate any damage done. This means 24/7 protection of your critical business assets, sensitive data and systems in a single solution, consolidating your security stack, reducing costs and freeing up your time and resources. Focus Group provide a number of affordable and high end security operations centre solutions to help you improve your security operations.

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XDR (extended detection and response) is a rapidly evolving field in the cyber security industry, combining multiple security technologies into a single platform to provide improved visibility, detection and response capabilities against advanced threats.

By consolidating data from various security tools including, endpoint detection, network traffic analysis and security information and event management (SIEM), XDR gives you visibility of threats and protection across your environment and reduces costs, complexity and alert overload. Ultimately, XDR simplifies your security stack, freeing up your time and resources so you can focus on growing your business.

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Endpoint protection

Endpoint protection is a security approach that focuses on protecting individual computing devices, or endpoints such as laptops, desktops, smartphones and servers from cyber threats.

Endpoint protection aims to provide a comprehensive security solution that includes prevention, detection and response capabilities. This is achieved using software agents installed on the endpoints, which monitor and control access to the system, detect and block malicious activities and provide real-time alerts to security teams.

The goal of endpoint security protection is to protect the business’s data and systems with multiple layers of defence against cyber-attacks that aim to exploit a business through an individual endpoint.

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Benefits of network operations and security

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24/7 security monitoring

Network operations and security are optimised with a 24/7 service from the cyber specialists at Focus Group. Ongoing monitoring of your business network infrastructure, endpoints and systems helps to detect and respond to security threats promptly. Improving incident response time, meeting regulatory compliance targets and acting on real-time alerts are some of the key benefits of 24/7 security monitoring.

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Rapid incident response

Real-time responses to cyber-attacks ensure your business can minimise the impact of a cyber-attack, reduce downtime and prevent data breaches altogether. By implementing a range of technologies and tools such as intrusion detection and prevention systems, security information and event management (SIEM) systems, and automation tools, your business will be well positioned to respond quickly and effectively to cyber threats.

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Operational threat intelligence

This type of intelligence is a key benefit of network operations and security, as it allows businesses to proactively identify and mitigate potential risks before they can cause serious damage. By monitoring network activity and collecting data on potential threats, security teams can quickly identify patterns of suspicious behaviour and take appropriate action to prevent attacks. This method ensures your business maintains confidentiality, integrity and of course availability, which are hugely important CX (customer experience) factors.

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Focus Group will ensure your business is adhering to laws, regulations and industry standards for data protection and security. By maintaining compliance with cyber security regulations, businesses like yours will benefit not only from the positive impact of high-end cyber protection but effective cyber security insurance.

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Full network visibility

Allowing businesses to gain a comprehensive understanding of their network infrastructure is essential to enable the identification of security risks and performance issues. From identifying unauthorised access attempts and detecting anomalous behaviours to tracking the movement of data within the network, with full network visibility, businesses of all sizes can gain insight into network performance and usage, as well as identify areas of improvement for optimised network performance and improved user experience.

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Stakeholder security

By implementing security measures, ensuring data privacy and ensuring disaster recovery measures are in place, network operations can help stakeholders feel secure and confident in the network's reliability and safety.

Businesses with a clear strategy for network operations and security will be protected by a number of security measures that preserve the integrity of the business and the associated customer data.

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Frequently asked questions

The processes and practices used to protect a business’s digital assets from cyber threats. Security operations involve the integration of security practices into a business’s overall IT operations and include a range of activities such as threat detection, incident response and vulnerability management.

The objective of network and security operations is to ensure that a business’s digital assets are protected against unauthorised access, theft, or damage. This is achieved by implementing a set of security measures that work together to identify and respond to threats in real time.

There are several challenges that face businesses aiming to implement security operations. From lack of resources to implement effective security operations and complexities surrounding increasingly sophisticated cyber threats, to organisational silos preventing business-wide roll-out.

To overcome the challenges surrounding the implementation of security operations, businesses can invest in building a strong security culture that emphasises collaboration, communication and continuous improvement. This may involve investing in the necessary resources and personnel, implementing effective security tools and technologies, and fostering a culture of security awareness and education across the business.

There are several components that make up a well-rounded security operation within a business for ultimate cyber threat protection. From threat analysis to incident response, vulnerability management, identity access management and compliance and risk management, with network and security operations your business can optimise performance and cyber security simultaneously.

Passwords are one of the most common examples of network and operational security. Passwords are used to authenticate approved users when accessing various systems, networks and applications. Therefore, a password policy is an essential aspect of SecOps security.

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