Work-From-Home and COVID-19: Trajectories of Endpoint Security Management in a Security Operations Center


Kailani R. Jones and Dalton A. Brucker-Hahn, University of Kansas; Bradley Fidler, Independent Researcher; Alexandru G. Bardas, University of Kansas


The COVID-19 surge of "Work From Home" (WFH) Internet use incentivized many organizations to strengthen their endpoint security monitoring capabilities. This trend has significant implications for how Security Operations Centers (SOCs) manage these end devices on their enterprise networks: in their organizational roles, regulatory environment, and required skills. By intersecting historical analysis (starting in the 1970s) and ethnography (analyzed 352 field notes across 1,000+ hours in a SOC over 34 months) whilst complementing with quantitative interviews (covering 7 other SOCs), we uncover causal forces that have pushed network management toward endpoints. We further highlight the negative impacts on end user privacy and analyst burnout. As such, we assert that SOCs should consider preparing for a continual, long-term shift from managing the network perimeter and the associated devices to commanding the actual user endpoints while facing potential privacy challenges and more burnout.

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@inproceedings {287236,
author = {Kailani R. Jones and Dalton A. Brucker-Hahn and Bradley Fidler and Alexandru G. Bardas},
title = {{Work-From-Home} and {COVID-19}: Trajectories of Endpoint Security Management in a Security Operations Center},
booktitle = {32nd USENIX Security Symposium (USENIX Security 23)},
year = {2023},
isbn = {978-1-939133-37-3},
address = {Anaheim, CA},
pages = {2293--2310},
url = {},
publisher = {USENIX Association},
month = aug

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