Security may be one of the last areas to embrace the software-as-a-service (SaaS) revolution, but the benefits of the cloud are proving too enticing and too necessary to pass up. Security leaders are recognizing that cloud-native SaaS solutions, which are built with a specific cloud-native architecture, are the right approach for today and for the future.
As we speak, the world is shifting toward managing security posture across campus, remote, data center, and multi-cloud environments. As Justin Foster, Cysiv CTO & Co-founder, noted, in many cases, the Security Operations Center (SOC) is no longer a “place” — but with cloud-native technology, it’s possible for analysts to be distributed and coordinated through a single SaaS experience to defend an expanding attack surface.
Choosing a cloud-native SOC platform is key to defending a modern business. The way a SOC platform is architected defines its ability to provide the level and quality of service that has become standard in today’s cloud-first world.
What Are the Benefits of a Cloud-Native SOC Platform?
Cloud-native solutions are specifically built to leverage the advantages of cloud computing that we regularly experience in SaaS tools like Slack, Office 365, and G Suite. Scalability, flexibility, cost savings, and the ability to adapt top the list of benefits the cloud delivers in comparison to traditional, on-premise models. The overall benefits of a cloud-native architecture for the SOC boil down to faster detection and remediation, cost reduction, and enhanced business agility.
Faster detection and remediation
Cloud-native infrastructure makes room for rapid innovation, which is essential in a security environment where new threats and threat actors emerge by the day. In the cloud, development is quicker, enabling developers to push out new features faster. The speed and efficiency comes from only having to develop for one environment rather than multiple on-premises environments. There is only one version of software to maintain, as opposed to the multiple versions that must be carefully maintained in a monolithic design.For users of SaaS tools, this leads to a huge benefit: The platform is always updated with the latest features. The latest and greatest is always available, and security teams don’t have to worry about patching and upgrading. As a result, the SOC is always ready to defend against the newest threats. Furthermore, a cloud-native SIEM is able to accelerate threat detection by centralizing data, accumulating knowledge, and sharing anonymized, critical indicators for the mutual benefit of a variety of organizations.
“A cloud-native architecture has allowed us to exploit all the advantages of microservices.
This means our next-gen SIEM is more flexible and adaptable, easier to manage and maintain, and we can quickly release new features and capabilities to address specific customer requirements, in a matter of weeks, without disruption.”
With the cloud, organizations no longer need to license, build, buy, fix, and upgrade their infrastructure. For most, racking and stacking servers is not a core competency, and it’s much more cost-effective to leave it to the cloud providers who know how to handle it best. With the cloud, hardware isn’t sitting around or accruing maintenance costs.
One of the top benefits of cloud-native technologies is scalability. The cloud supplies effectively unlimited resources - flick a switch and you can increase processing power or disk space. Cloud computing introduces an OpEx model, so costs scale based on usage. Scaling up or down at any time means you’re never paying for what you don’t need.
Enhanced business agility
Cloud providers are deeply concerned about the security of their platforms, and they provide excellent physical and logical security capabilities while making sure to meet stringent compliance standards as well. This relieves organizations of some of the security responsibilities they would traditionally have. Cloud-native computing also uses modern microservices architecture to achieve high availability. This provides added business resiliency by removing the inherent disk and server failure problems faced by more traditional systems.
As organizations increasingly turn to tools outside of their premises, it makes more sense for security to be something natively outside of their premises as well if it’s going to pull together info into one place. Harnessing data in an SaaS is more natural than trying to bring it back on-premises.
Finally, with cloud-native functionality, SOC activities can be completed from anywhere in the world. This enables security to be managed from the office, at home, or anywhere with an internet connection, which is important in an increasingly remote world.
Cloud-Based Versus Cloud-Native Security Tools
There is a key distinction here. Many security tools are cloud based, meaning existing software is taken and run in a cloud environment. Although possible, moving on-premises software into the cloud doesn’t take advantage of all the cloud has to offer. On the other hand, cloud-native enterprise security software is specifically built to leverage the speed, flexibility, and digital preparedness that are the hallmarks of this new paradigm. Rather than setting limits based on the number of servers, IT staff, and other factors, a cloud-native architecture removes constraints and lets the imagination take flight in terms of what you can do with software. New capabilities can be developed and deployed much more rapidly, paving the way for innovation.
No More Historical Baggage: Alleviating Traditional SOC Challenges
One of the many benefits of using a cloud-native security platform is that it has no historical baggage to bring along. Rather than adapting something older to the cloud, forward-looking solution providers are developing with cloud-native architecture as the foundation.
This is the approach we have taken at Cysiv. Our team of developers, architects, and threat experts have leveraged their enterprise background and knowledge of SOC challenges to construct a platform that exploits the richness and benefits of the cloud.
Rather than a patchwork of security tools, Cysiv delivers a cloud-native, next-generation SIEM that combines a number of essential technologies and functions into a single platform. It leverages a broad range of advanced data science techniques to automate the time-consuming, complex-but-essential activities and processes for truly effective threat detection, hunting, investigation, and remediation.
The SIEM is at the center of the SOC, but historically they have gaps in what they do; they tend to be monolithic applications with management and scalability issues. Cysiv has responded to the limitations, deployment challenges, and frustrations associated with traditional SIEMs by building a new world of possibility through a cloud-native platform that provides the foundation of SOC-as-a-Service.
To learn more about the limitations of traditional SIEM solutions and how SOC-as-a-Service addresses them, read our whitepaper on the topic.