SOC SIEM: enhanced security monitoring and response

SOC SIEM: enhanced security monitoring and response

Last updated 25 June 2024
Last updated 25 June 2024

As criminals get smarter and more aggressive with their attacks, it’s becoming harder for organisations to stay safe.

Increasingly, more businesses are looking at a SOC/SIEM – a specialty security system that will help them to monitor threats and respond to these quickly.

Cyber Security for the Tertiary Sector (CSTS) has developed a SOC/SIEM guide to help unravel the complexities of the SOC/SIEM solution and to address the unknowns around the costs involved – something many organisations struggle with.


A SOC (Security Operations Center) is a dedicated team that uses a SIEM for monitoring, analysing, and responding to cybersecurity incidents. 

A SIEM (Security Information and Event Management) is a technological solution that collects and analyses security data from various sources, such as firewalls, antivirus software, and log files, to detect potential threats.  

Together, a SOC/SIEM solution is like having a high-tech security guard that keeps a watchful eye on your systems and networks. It can spot suspicious activities or signs of an attack, and quickly raise an alarm so that you can take action. 

How our guide will help you

The guide aims to simplify the process and provide a clear understanding of the anticipated costs of a SOC/SIEM without requiring you to go through a lengthy procurement and discovery phase. 

The guide is created in partnership with DEFEND and validated alongside a SOC/SIEM implementation at the Tertiary Education Commission and at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa.  

See the guidance regarding procurement when using the SOC/SIEM model.