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Cybersecurity Centers Make for Efficient Response

Cyber threats aren’t going anywhere

Data is the new currency. Organizations of all types accumulate large amounts of data, making them targets for cyber attacks. As business grows more data-driven, so does the global economy – making data a lucrative target for cyber criminals.

There are multiple types of cyber-attacks, from advanced persistent threats (APTs) and phishing to malware, cryptojacking, and ransomware. As the attacks become more sophisticated, so do the tools needed to effectively defend against them. In most cases, tools like anti-virus, firewalls, and access control aren’t enough.

The Trustwave Global Security Report for 2020 found that 54% of the total compromises that they investigated were in corporate and internal networks, the most compromised environments. This year’s report also included cloud systems in their compromise investigations. Cloud environments made up 20% of recorded compromise environments – a marked increase from the 7% recorded last year.  The numbers make it clear: defending your organization’s network and data is vital.

Year over year, data breaches continue to become increasingly expensive, making preventing and efficiently handling such breaches all the more vital.

Cybersecurity centers: the effective solution. 

Best practices for cybersecurity management recommend that the entire lifecycle of a cyber security incident, from the initial detection of a breach through the return to normal operations, should be handled in one place. That place is the cybersecurity operations center (CSOC).

While outsourcing your cybersecurity center is a tempting option, implementing your own in-house SOC is the best way to handle today’s advanced cyber security threats. A recent report found that organizations with an internal cybersecurity center experienced less than half the estimated financial impact from a cyberattack compared to organizations without an in-house SOC.

How a cybersecurity center helps

In the fast-paced world of cybersecurity, threats need to be assessed in real-time. Those who successfully overcame cyber threats were able to do the following: prevent more attacks, find and fix breaches faster, and reduce breach impact. All of these actions are more effectively enabled through a cyber SOC.

In cybersecurity, time is the most crucial factor. The less time there is between a breach and its detection, the less of an impact the attack will have on an organization. The best tool for early detection and efficient management is the CSOC, where real-time data is constantly displayed and analyzed.

When it comes to cyber-attacks, the question is not if your organization will face a threat, but when. Having a cybersecurity center to conduct 24/7 threat hunting, real-time incident response and breach containment ensures that your organization can resume normal operations as quickly as possible after a cyber incident.

Successful CSOC design

In a successful cybersecurity center, highly skilled analysts and engineers combine data from various sources. The space they operate in needs to be carefully designed to facilitate this vital work. This means that not only is the security technology you use important, so is the design of the space itself.

Using the right video wall system to display vital, real-time data is vital to ensuring that the time between breach and detection is minimal. From display resolution to sizing and placement, the selection of your operations center video wall plays a key role in ensuring proper data management. It’s also important to select video wall technology that can withstand the demands of a cybersecurity operations center. Not all displays are made equal, and those in a CSOC must remain on 24/7 for constant monitoring. That means the technology needs to be resilient, and the system design should include redundancies in case of any system failure. Working with an experienced integrator for video walls in mission critical environments ensures that your display will be effective and reliable.

When furnishing your CSOC, it’s important to select furniture that’s purpose-built for round the clock use. Choosing operations center consoles over mass-produced, prefab desks ensures that your furniture will last despite constant operations. Consoles for mission critical spaces also feature more effective cable management, greater flexibility for monitor mounting, and more options for customization in comparison to regular office furniture.

A successful cyber SOC also implements design solutions that will benefit operator wellness. Sit-stand consoles contribute to operator health through ergonomic benefits, and the versatility contributes to improved mood and energy, allowing operators better focus. The placement of the command center furniture in relation to the video wall is also important for operator awareness and comfort. Sight line analyses to determine proper viewing angles to the video wall ensures that operators have maximum situational awareness with minimal viewing strain.

Constant Technologies: Operations Center Design Experts 

Functional design for cyber operations is a balancing act. It takes true expertise to ensure that not only will all components work together, but they can also stand up to constant use. Constant Technologies can provide all of that and more. We provide expert audiovisual integration for large format video walls, walking you through the process all the way from initial design consultation through installation and service. At Constant we also design operations center furniture to fit your unique space and requirements.

Additionally, we know that designing for operations center spaces looks a little different given the current COVID-19 pandemic. Constant has multiple options for facilitating social distancing in an operations center design, and will work with you to take all important factors into account.

Our decades of experience in the industry mean that no one does it better. Due to our comprehensive knowledge of the complex needs in mission critical spaces, we deliver solutions that make operations simple for the end-users.

To learn more about our video wall and console furniture solutions for cybersecurity environments, contact us today.

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About Constant:

Constant Technologies, Inc. provides AV integration for 24/7 video walls and custom operation center furniture. With 30+years experience we can work with sensitive environments in the public and private sectors. Constant designs, installs and services projects of all scopes and sizes around the world. We create solutions with the highest levels of security, aesthetics and functionality in mind.