Outsmarting the Digital Rogues: Celerity’s Journey to SOC Modernization

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Remember SolarWinds? The software update that delivered malware to thousands? Imagine a legacy security system, slow and reliant on signatures, like a grumpy old guard dog. It barks at familiar threats, but this wolf in sheep’s clothing (the update) slipped right by. Hackers lurked undetected for months, finally wreaking havoc. Legacy defences? Powerless. Moral of the story? Modern threats need modern muscle.

In today’s digital age, cyber threats lurk around every corner, constantly evolving and exploiting weaknesses in even the most fortified defences. Organizations invest heavily in perimeter security, but often overlook the critical role of their Security Operations Center (SOC) – the war room where threats are detected and neutralized. Aging technology within these SOCs can hinder their ability to react swiftly and effectively.

Celerity, a leading managed security service provider (MSSP), understood this challenge intimately. Their SOC, while effective, lacked the agility needed to efficiently stay ahead of the rapidly changing threat landscape. They needed a way to outmanoeuvre the “digital rogues” – malicious actors constantly refining their tactics.

A Collaborative Path to Security Threat Management Modernisation.

Facing this critical security challenge, Celerity sought a solution beyond just products. IBM recognized the need and leveraged its Client Engineering team known for its collaborative approach and rapid prototyping using Value Engineering Methodology.
The partnership unfolded like a well-orchestrated symphony. Through a series of workshops and co-creation sessions, IBM Client Engineering and Celerity embarked on a joint mission to identify Celerity’s pain points and aspirations.

Celerity envisioned a solution akin to a Swiss Army knife for their SOC, capable of tackling multiple challenges simultaneously. Their priorities included:
* Sharpened Response Times: Faster response times to cyberattacks, enabling a swift counteroffensive against digital adversaries.
* Enhanced Customer Experience: A robust security posture that inspires trust and confidence in their clients.
* Streamlined System Administration: Freeing up valuable resources for more strategic tasks by simplifying SOC management.
* Seamless Interoperability: Ensuring the new solution integrates smoothly with their existing security infrastructure, avoiding a disruptive overhaul.
* Future-Proofed SOC: A solution that adapts to the ever-changing tactics employed by cybercriminals.

The MVP: A Proving Ground for Success

Instead of a one-size-fits-all approach, IBM Client Engineering employed a targeted strategy. They crafted a no-cost Minimum Viable Product (MVP) built around the powerful IBM Security QRadar Suite, specifically tailored to Celerity’s needs. This MVP served as a proving ground, allowing Celerity to test the solution’s capabilities in a real-world setting.
The results were nothing short of transformative. The MVP yielded a 40% improvement in SOC productivity, empowering Celerity’s security analysts to dedicate more time to strategic threat hunting. Additionally, threat detection times dropped by 35%, and response times decreased by 25%. These improvements significantly reduced Celerity’s clients’ exposure to potential security breaches.

“The process allowed us to see a picture of our problem from a deeper aspect but also from a non-biased viewpoint. Identifying that it was a technology and process problem inherit within the team. Engineering a solution based off the identified problems and our use cases allowed us to develop a solution in conjunction with IBM which will alleviate workload and stress on our analysts for years to come.” – Joshua Reed, Celerity

Beyond the numbers, the collaboration fostered a positive shift within Celerity’s SOC team. The new tools and streamlined workflows empowered analysts, boosting their effectiveness and productivity. This positive shift further prepared Celerity to proactively safeguard their clients’ digital landscape.

A Full-Scale Solution for Unparalleled Security

Buoyed by the MVP’s success, Celerity opted for a full-scale implementation of IBM Security QRadar Suite. This comprehensive platform equips Celerity with the necessary tools and intelligence to:
Proactively hunt and neutralize potential threats before they can wreak havoc.
* Deliver exceptional customer service by offering a demonstrably robust security posture.
* Optimize resource allocation by automating routine tasks and streamlining workflows.
* Maintain a competitive edge by providing their clients with a future-proof SOC capable of withstanding even the most sophisticated cyberattacks.

Celerity’s story exemplifies the power of collaboration and innovation in cybersecurity. By partnering with IBM Client Engineering and wielding the advanced capabilities of IBM Security QRadar Suite, Celerity has successfully transformed their SOC into a formidable fortress, one that is well-equipped to outwit the ever-evolving tactics of the “digital rogues.”

“Participating in the process with IBM has been an insightful experience for our team. The hands-on engagement and collaborative sessions not only deepened our understanding of key problem areas but also equipped us with a practical understanding of how technologies like QRadar Suite are crucial in addressing our pain points as well as the current threat landscape. The expertise and guidance from IBM’s team have been invaluable, providing tailored insights that have significantly enhanced our capabilities moving forward. This experience not only strengthened our technical proficiency but also highlighted IBM’s commitment to empowering its clients with cutting-edge, transformative solutions.” – Iqra Haq, Celerity

Embarking on Your Security Transformation Journey

While Celerity’s specific journey serves as a compelling example, the underlying themes resonate universally. Every organization, regardless of size or industry, faces the constant challenge of safeguarding its valuable data and infrastructure in the face of an evolving threat landscape.

Here’s how IBM can help you on your own security transformation journey:

IBM Client Engineering: We work closely with you to understand your unique challenges and goals, ensuring the solution we craft is tailored to your specific needs. Visit to learn more.

IBM Security: We work with you to protect your business with an advanced and integrated portfolio of enterprise cybersecurity solutions infused with AI. Our modern approach to security strategy uses zero trust principles to help you thrive in the face of uncertainty and cyberthreats. Visit to learn more.

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