Optiv Moves Away from SOC with Advanced Fusion Center Model
The center is part of its new Dallas Innovation and Fusion Center located in the HALL Park complex in the Dallas-Forth Worth area. It includes cyber digital and risk professionals, threat and innovation experts and others working together with clients and industry partners to develop integrated, tailored and proactive cybersecurity solutions, according to the company.
Chad Holmes, Optiv’s chief services and operations officer, tells us the SOC model is historically based in action and response, and that “line of thinking” in cybersecurity has proven to not be suited to business growth. AFC is an upgrade of the SOC model.
“Teams have gotten too bogged down in alerts,” he said. “The AFC solutions, backed by skilled cybersecurity experts, focus on data, analytics, machine learning, intelligence and automation to deliver completely custom solutions to every client based on their specific risk tolerance, business model and compliance requirements.”
Optiv’s investment in its Innovation and Fusion Center doubles the company’s presence in North Texas. In recent years, Optiv (No. 4 on the 2019 MSP 501) has made the pivot from VAR to MSP, and then finally to MSSP.
“Partners and the clients’ current technology investments have a big role to play in the AFC,” Holmes said. “The AFC combines people, process and technology to develop integrated, tailored and proactive cybersecurity solutions that address the speed of business change.”
The AFC and its solutions accelerates Optiv and its partners’ ability to provide businesses with a new approach that “innovates on the cybersecurity delivery and consumption model,” he said.
“We are reducing complexity and removing the symptoms that are roadblocks to business innovation,” he said. “The new facility … is the catalyst for Optiv’s push toward AFCs. All our current SOCs will be moving to the AFC model which dedicate local resources to global clients. As we expand internationally, Optiv will have an even larger global presence with locally dedicated experts.”
“The world continues to change and evolve at an accelerating pace, but the industry’s approach to cybersecurity has largely remained the same – a reactive approach where businesses respond to new external influences or requirements from the outside-in,” said Dan Burns, Optiv’s CEO. “Our Dallas Innovation and Fusion Center accelerates our ability to provide businesses with a new approach that acknowledges and leverages the invention delivered by technology vendors, and then integrates and innovates how technology works together.”