Security Operations , Security Operations Center (SOC)

Utilizing SOC Automation to Its Full Capacity

PLUS Malaysia’s Abdullah Al-Attas Talks About Getting SOC Right
Abdullah Al-Attas, head of cybersecurity, PLUS Malaysia

SOC automation capabilities need to be enhanced to go beyond performing routine tasks, says Abdullah Al-Attas, head of cybersecurity at PLUS Malaysia, an expressway service provider.

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“We have to enhance SOC automation, he says. "The technology in itself needs to be able to make decisions. Right now, a human has to come in and make a decision. So we need to shift some of those decision to the SOAR, and it will make the decisions for us based on certain thresholds we put in."

In a video interview with Information Security Media Group as part of its RSA Conference 2021 coverage, Al-Attas also discusses:

  • Why SOC automation needs to improve;
  • How to expand SOC capability beyond SIEM;
  • What the SOC of today should look like.

As head of cybersecurity at PLUS Malaysia, Al-Attas ensures digital transformation built with security in mind. He also leads the deployment/building of the digital information security transformation focused on the cyber defense domain, including SOC, incident response and threat hunting. He has more than 14 years of experience working as a consultant and end user, mostly in the telco industry.

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Suparna Goswami

Suparna Goswami

Associate Editor, ISMG

Goswami has more than 10 years of experience in the field of journalism. She has covered a variety of beats including global macro economy, fintech, startups and other business trends. Before joining ISMG, she contributed for Forbes Asia, where she wrote about the Indian startup ecosystem. She has also worked with UK-based International Finance Magazine and leading Indian newspapers, such as DNA and Times of India.

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