Gartner Research

The Five Models of Security Operation Centers

Published: 22 October 2015

ID: G00263908

Analyst(s): Craig Lawson , Oliver Rochford


A security operations center provides centralized and consolidated cybersecurity incident prevention, detection and response capabilities. This research outlines the five most common SOC models and how CISOs can decide which one makes sense for the organization.

Table Of Contents


  • Definition
  • Description
    • SOC Models
  • Benefits and Uses
    • Improved Threat Management
    • Regulatory Compliance
    • Centralization and Consolidation of Security Functions
    • Adoption Rate
  • Risks
    • Breach Response Failures
    • Skills, Expertise and Staff Retention
    • Demonstrating a Return on Investment
  • SOC Alternatives
    • Informal Structure
    • Fully Outsourced
  • Recommendations

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