Cyber Defense Center Development

Design and grow a security operations program to defend against advanced threat actors

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Significantly Reduces the Need to Chase False Positives

The goal of the Cyber Defense Center Development service is to help you better manage your security process and successfully resolve future cyber threats. To achieve this, the Cyber Defense Center Development service draws on extensive Mandiant consultancy experience to help you expand or build your own computer incident response team or security operations center.


The Cyber Defense Center Development service maps directly to your strategic goals and delivers recommendations grounded in the first-hand experience of Mandiant consultants. Our consultants work closely with your organization to implement critical updates to your security program and support an Adaptive Defense strategy. The framework used by Cyber Defense Center Development consists of five core capabilities that are essential to a resilient security program.


Does your organizational structure align with your organization's overall business goals and mission statement?


Are technologies and processes in place to let you see what is happening on your systems and networks?


Do your incident response metrics align with overall business goals and objectives while driving continuous improvement within the security organization?


Do you have processes in place to promote effective information sharing between internal and external entities?


Does your threat intelligence inform and enhance security planning, vulnerability management, and incident response activities?

What you get

  • Techniques for categorizing incidents
  • Incident playbook
  • Best practices overview
  • Recommendations and roadmap

Build a business case


"We have to constantly evolve our security programs to keep up with the ever-changing threat landscape. This means treating our security programs as an evolving process and implementing safeguards — not just best practices — to protect against attacker activity."

Ever-changing threat landscape

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Our Approach

During the Cyber Defense Center Development process, our consultants work with your team to build and implement core foundational technologies and processes into your SOC or CIRT. They also help monitor security concerns until your staff is equipped to assume total ownership over these technologies and processes.

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Build a foundation

We establish a base capability level to support effective incident response and efficient resource application. This foundational support includes the implementation of tailored processes, such as an escalation matrix and incident response workflow. Our consultants also help establish performance metrics and reporting plans, which are essential to maturing your incident response capability.

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Integrate processes and technologies

We work with your team to incorporate updated processes, procedures and technology within your SOC or CIRT. This integration support includes developing and delivering tailored training material, establishing operational service level agreements, and deploying and configuring required technologies.

Cyber Security Defense Center FAQ

What is a cyber defense center? expand_more

A cyber defense center is a security operations unit that works to minimize organizational risk and reduce the impact of security breaches through effective detection and response processes and procedures, all aligned with the right people, technology and evaluation metrics.

How do you design a security operations program? expand_more

Security professionals should address and implement the six critical functions of cyber defense—intelligence, hunt, detect, respond, validate, and command and control. Read The Defender’s Advantage for details.

What’s the difference between a security operations center (SOC) and an incident response team? expand_more

A SOC is responsible for triaging alerts and gathering context from security controls. If the SOC suspects a breach, they escalate to an incident response team for a full investigation and to stop the attack and minimize impact through proper containment and remediation actions.

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