What do SOC analysts need to be successful?

Gurucul announced the results of a Black Hat USA 2022 security professionals survey with respondents indicating that insider threats were the most difficult type of attack for SOC analysts to detect, and that behavioral analytics was the most common piece of technology they felt was missing and that they planned to add to the SOC in the near future.

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The survey also found that a strong majority of respondents feel their SOC programs are improving, but that they needed more training, high-level talent in the SOC, better compensation, and more time off.

“Taken as a whole, these survey results suggest that organizations and security professionals understand that insider threats are a serious security risk and are working to improve their defenses by adding technologies like behavioral analytics and network traffic analysis,” said Saryu Nayyar, Gurucul’s CEO.

Other key findings from the survey include:

  • 27% of respondents identified insider threats as the most difficult attack to detect – the highest percentage across types.
  • More than 36% of respondents chose behavioral analytics as the technology they are currently missing that would most improve their SOC and more than 24% plan to invest budget into behavioral analytics solutions in the next year.
  • More than 17% of respondents plan to invest in Network Traffic Analysis technology in the next year.
  • 82% of security professionals feel their SOC programs are improving. Less than 5% said it was actively getting worse.
  • Tier 3 SOC analysts / threat hunters are the most in-demand role in the SOC (chosen by 31% of respondents), followed by Tier 2 Analysts (20%) and threat content creators (16%).
  • 39% of respondents feel that their organization is investing in enough training for the SOC, but 31% said they are not and 30% were undecided.
  • 35% of analysts need more than two weeks of time off to feel rejuvenated and 28% feel like they deserved a 20% raise.

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