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IBM Mobile SOC Delivers Cybersecurity, Incident Response Training

IBM today launched the X-Force Command Cyber Tactical Operations Center (C-TOC), a mobile security operations center (SOC) that will deliver onsite cybersecurity training, preparedness and response across the United States and Europe.

The C-TOC serves as a fully operational SOC modeled after the tactical operations centers used by military and incident command posts, according to a prepared statement. It features self-sustaining power, satellite and cellular communications and can accommodate two dozen operators, analysts and incident command center staff.

The C-TOC serves the following purposes:

  • Education and Awareness: Will travel to colleges, universities and cybersecurity industry events to generate interest in cybersecurity careers and help companies address the global shortage of cybersecurity professionals.
  • Onsite Cybersecurity Support: Can be deployed as an on-site, customer-specific SOC.
  • Response, Training and Preparedness: Empowers companies to train their teams on techniques to respond to cyberattacks and simulate real world cyberattacks.

The C-TOC also teaches companies about crisis leadership, IBM stated. By doing so, the C-TOC empowers businesses to transition from structured incident command hierarchies to proactive incident response.

IBM will begin its C-TOC tour at U.S. customer sites, schools and government facilities.

IBM and the Managed Security Services Market

Managed security services could play a major role in IBM's incident response market push, too.

IBM Managed Security Services today offers tools, technology and expertise to help organizations secure their information assets. It also ranked first among the Top 100 MSSPs of 2018.

In addition, IBM previously announced plans to invest $200 million to expand its incident response capabilities and looks poised to capitalize on a rapidly growing global incident response market.

Global incident response market revenues are projected to increase at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 20.3 percent between 2018 and 2023, according to industry analyst MarketsandMarkets. Furthermore, the global incident response market could be worth nearly $33.8 billion by 2023.

Dan Kobialka

Dan Kobialka is senior contributing editor, MSSP Alert and ChannelE2E. He covers IT security, IT service provider business strategies and partner programs. Dan holds a M.A. in Print and Multimedia Journalism from Emerson College and a B.A. in English from Bridgewater State University. In his free time, Dan enjoys jogging, traveling, playing sports, touring breweries and watching football.