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“Having a mobile facility that allows us to bring realistic cyberattack preparation and rehearsal to a larger, global audience will be a game changer in our mission to improve incident response efforts for organizations around the world.”
-Caleb Barlow, vice president of Threat Intelligence at IBM Security


Yesterday (On 15th October), IBM Security announced the industry’s first mobile Security Operations Center- ‘The IBM X-Force Command Cyber Tactical Operations Center’ (C-TOC). This mobile command center hosted at the back of a semi truck will travel around the U.S and Europe for cybersecurity training, preparedness, and response operations. The aim of this project is to provide an on-demand cybersecurity support, while building cybersecurity awareness and skills with professionals, students and consumers.

Cybercriminals are getting smarter by the day and cyber crimes are becoming sophisticated by the hour. It is necessary for organizations to plan and rehearse their response to potential security breaches in advance. According to the 2018 Cost of a Data Breach Study, companies that respond to incidents effectively and remediate the event within 30 days can save over $1 million on the total cost of a data breach. Taking this into consideration, the C-TOC has the potential to provide immediate onsite support for clients at times when their cybersecurity needs may arise.

The mobile vehicle is modeled after Tactical Operations Centers used by the military and incident command posts used by first responders. It comes with a gesture-controlled cybersecurity “watch floor,” data center and conference facilities. It has self-sustaining power, satellite and cellular communications, which will provide a sterile and resilient network for investigation, response and serve as a platform for cybersecurity training.

Source: IBM

Source: IBM

Here are some of the key takeaways that individuals can benefit from, from this mobile Security Operations center:

#1 Focus on Response Training and Preparedness

The C-TOC will simulate real world scenarios to depict how hackers operate- to help companies train their teams to respond to attacks. The training will cover key strategies to protect business and its resources from cyberattacks.

#2 Onsite Cybersecurity Support

The C-TOC is mobile and can be deployed as an on-demand Security Operation Center. It aims to provide a realistic cybersecurity experience in the industry while visiting local universities and industries to build interest in cybersecurity careers and to address other cybersecurity concerns.

#3 Cyber Best Practices Laboratory

The C-TOC training includes real world examples based on experiences with customers in the Cambridge Cyber Range. Attack scenarios will be designed for teams to participate in. The challenges are designed keeping in mind various pointers like: working as a team to mitigate attacks, thinking as a hacker, hands- on experience with a malicious toolset and much more

#4 Supplementary Cybersecurity Operations

The IBM team also aims to spread awareness on the cybersecurity workforce shortage that is anticipated soon. With an expected shortfall of nearly 2 million cybersecurity professionals by 2022, it is necessary to educate the masses about careers in security as well as help upskill current professionals in cybersecurity.

This is one of the many initiatives taken by IBM to bring about awareness about the importance of mitigating cyber attacks in time. Back in 2016, IBM invested $200 million in new incident response facilities, services and software, which included the industry’s first Cyber Range for the commercial sector. By real world simulation of cyber attacks and training individuals to come up with advanced defense strategies, the SOC aims to get a realistic cyberattack preparation and rehearsal to a larger, global audience.

To know more about this news as well as the dates that the C-TOC will tour the U.S. and Europe, head over to IBM’s official blog.

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