Building Your Own Internal SOC vs. MDR

Vivian Lee

Building Your Own SOC vs. MDR

Cybersecurity is a top priority for businesses of all sizes. In 2022, the average response time for a cybersecurity threat was 277 days, which is a long time for any business to be vulnerable to a potential attack. In this blog post, we will be discussing the differences between working a vendor to provide managed detection and response (MDR) services and building an internal security operations center (SOC), and why one might work better for your business.

What is MDR?

MDR is a multi-functional turnkey solution that provides end-to-end protection for your business. With MDR, businesses can reduce their average response time to a matter of minutes. This is a crucial aspect of protecting your company’s data and information, especially in an age where cyber attacks are becoming more and more common.

The consequences of not monitoring your IT environment can be devastating for a business. A cyber attack can result in the theft of your company’s data, as well as your customer’s information. Hackers can use this information for their own purposes, lock down your system, and ask for ransom, or shut down all of your security and software services.

Building Your Own Internal SOC Team

Building an internal Security Operations Center (SOC) team and technology may seem like the best option for complete control over the security of an organization’s information and data. However, this option comes with its own set of challenges. One of the main challenges is the cost involved, which can quickly add up, especially for smaller organizations with limited budgets. The cost of hiring and training personnel, purchasing and maintaining equipment, and developing and implementing security procedures can be substantial.

In addition to the cost, another challenge that organizations face when building an internal SOC is the difficulty of finding qualified individuals to join the team. As cybersecurity is a highly specialized field, it can be challenging to find individuals with the required skills and experience to handle the organization’s cybersecurity needs effectively. Furthermore, the high demand for skilled cybersecurity professionals and intense competition for top talent only exacerbates this challenge. It is imperative for organizations to take these challenges into account before making a decision on whether to build an internal SOC.


Pros Cons
  • Turnkey solution: Comprehensive, end-to-end MDR takes care of security needs, freeing up time and resources.
  • Faster response times: MDR services have experts and advanced technologies to detect and respond quickly.
  • Cost-effective: MDR is cost-effective, especially for organizations without resources for an internal SOC.
  • Limited control: MDR limits control over security measures.
  • Dependence on MDR provider: Trust in the provider is necessary.
  • Complete control: Internal SOC offers full control over security processes.
  • In-house expertise: Building internal SOC cultivates in-house cybersecurity expertise.
  • Aligned with business goals: Internal SOC can align security measures with business goals.
  • Costly investment: Building an internal SOC requires a significant investment of time and resources.
  • Shortage of skilled personnel: Finding qualified individuals to handle the organization’s cybersecurity needs can be challenging.
  • Ongoing expenses: Organizations must also consider the ongoing costs of maintaining an internal SOC, including salaries, benefits, and equipment costs.

The Airiam Solution: AirGuard

At Airiam, we understand the importance of protecting your business’s data and information from potential cyber threats. That’s why we offer a simple and cost-effective solution with our AirGuard MDR solution. Our solution will provide comprehensive protection for your network, ensuring that your company is secure from potential hackers. This can save your business time and resources that would otherwise be spent building and maintaining an internal SOC team.

By choosing our MDR solution, you’ll have peace of mind knowing that your data is being monitored and protected by a team of experts. Additionally, our solution offers the advantage of faster response times in the event of a threat, reducing the average response time from days to minutes. In conclusion, if you’re looking for a simple, cost-effective, and comprehensive solution to protect your business’s data, look no further than Airiam’s AirGuard MDR solution.


In conclusion, the importance of having a MDR service in place for the protection of your business’s data and information cannot be overstated. While it is possible to operate a business without MDR, doing so leaves your organization exposed to the threat of cyber attacks. Cybersecurity is an ever-evolving field, and it is crucial to stay informed and up-to-date on the latest developments.

If you still have any questions or concerns after reading through our blog, we encourage you to reach out to Airiam. Our team of experts would be happy to assist you in any way we can. Whether you’re looking to learn more about MDR, or need help implementing a solution, we’re here to help. Don’t leave the security of your business’s data and information to chance, take action and protect yourself today.

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