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Marafiq unveils new security operations centre

The centre was created in close collaboration with IT solutions provider STME

Marafiq unveils new security operations centre
Ayman AlBayaa, CEO, STME.

Marafiq, a Saudi Arabian private integrated power and water utility company, recently unveiled the completion of its new Security Operations Centre (SOC).

Built up as part of a collaboration with IT solutions provider STME, the new centre will monitor and analyse intrusion events, while simultaneously developing effective threat response and supporting crisis operations.

Tariq A Al-Walah, supervisor, Information Security Department, said: "We place great value in the over-all well-being of our customers. As such, we partner with security experts that are able to competently enrich the skillset of our resources, while ensuring world-class operations.

"We aim to significantly enhance the security maturity based on well-defined measurable metrics and service level agreements. We are very satisfied with the outcome of this project and we believe it will help reinforce our position as a leading utilities provider."

The new centre will be managed a team of STME engineers who will manage security operations at the facility. In addition to developing the various policies and processes for managing security threats, the team at the SOC are expected to conduct incident management and forensic investigation exercises, as well as establish strong relationships with the wider security community.

Onsite, the centre is equipped with the latest IBM QRadar Security Intelligence, which helps consolidate event logs and network flow data generated from devices connected on the network.

Ayman AlBayaa, CEO, STME, said: "In order to address the unique needs of this project, we proposed a hybrid model that required our resources to collaborate closely with Marafiq in the move to build effective monitoring procedures and processes, develop the required structure and functions, implement proactive monitoring and intelligence technologies, and build a phased approach to ensure that Marafiq is secure while maturing the Marafiq internal security solutions.

He added: "The proposed solution will allow scaling as the organisation grows and enhance the visibility with a global view of threats potentially impacting Marafiq while taking into consideration best practices and standards such as ISO 27001 and ITIL."

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