It’s National Cyber Security Awareness Month in the United States. And while most of the attention is centered around molding a smarter and savvier end-user, learning never stops for those already working in the security trade, including in the SOC.

So here’s us thinking of you with five instructive, compelling and – most important of all – practical resources that can help you grow your expertise and success rates around security operations, as well as increase your understanding of ways technology can help.

1)  The Road to Security Operations Maturity: A Cyentia Institute Research Report

Polling 267 security professionals, this report uncovers the latest trends and insights around SecOps, lending critical context on where programs are finding gains – and experiencing setbacks.

2) The No-Nonsense Guide To Security Operations Metrics

This best practices white paper delivers practical guidance for securing support for a metrics process, picking the right things to measure and using the information you gather to have as big of an impact as possible across not only the SOC but also the C-level and board of directors.

3) Gartner Market Guide for Security Orchestration, Automation and Response Solutions

Trying to make sense of the fast-growing security orchestration, automation and response (SOAR) market? Gartner’s new guide prescribes how to find success with this top-of-mind SOC technology.

4) Top Security Playbooks for 2019

Effective alert and incident response requires you have documented workflows at your disposal. This white paper outlines common (and context-driven) playbooks every SOC should have.

5) The Business Case for SOAR

Between alerts, training, reporting and more, security operations costs can pile up in a hurry. But it doesn’t have to be that way. This e-book defines how investing in security orchestration, automation and response can help offset expenses to deliver real ROI and drive impact.