SecOps is short for Security Operations. SecOps is usually defined as the integration between security, IT, and organization-wide operations. SecOps brings together the tools, processes, and technologies used to keep an organization secure and to reduce the risk associated with threats and attacks.
SecOps aims to move away from a siloed security approach in which individual teams and roles work independently to streamlined integration of the functions that fall within Security Operations. This brings together multiple security domains and sometimes distinct practice areas to form a cohesive team to tackle cybersecurity challenges. With SecOps, security becomes the focus of everyone involved—from those working in governance and compliance, to operations, to IT and security.
The goal of SecOps is to improve the overall security posture of the organization, including the security of products and services. The benefits of SecOps include:
- Reduced risk of breaches and attacks
- Improved visibility into and understanding of the current threat environment
- Faster resolution of security issues
- Increased automation
- Improved collaboration between teams
- Better reporting and improved accountability
- Decreased costs associated with attacks and breaches
- Improved threat prevention and detection
- Better compliance and governance
- Increased return on investment (ROI) through a reduction in security activities due to improved security awareness across the staff