Security operations (SecOps) leaders say they struggle to detect hidden and unknown threats with legacy tools, mitigating the potential threats of dark data, and overcoming resource-intensive issues to stay ahead of cyberthreats. They have to navigate these challenges while dealing with a talent shortage. This is where security operations centers (SOCs) come in. SOCs are an integral part of organizations’ efforts to combat security threats. A SOC is a centralized, dedicated team of experts using a variety of tools to protect against threats. They identify system weaknesses proactively — detecting, analyzing and responding to threats in near real time. But what is the best way to build a SOC and what are the key components needed to combat today’s challenges?