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Security Monitoring and Analytics: Going Beyond SIEM

This is the final installment in a three-part series. Be sure to read Part 1 and Part 2 for more information.

Improving integration, visibility and analytics with a platform approach to security information and event management (SIEM) is the way to achieve the business value of security, compliance and operational efficiency.

Security teams operate in a changing macro environment, which presents three challenges:

  1. The incredible pace of change in information technology infrastructure has led to such complexity in our networks, systems and applications that most organizations struggle to maintain internal capabilities and resources.
  2. Regulatory and legal responses to these issues can literally be years behind schedule, yet the increasing demands to demonstrate compliance represent another significant demand on limited internal resources.
  3. At the same time, attackers are increasingly sophisticated, focused and disruptive.

These forces, coupled with a critical shortage of cybersecurity skills, are driving a significant shift in the evolution of enterprise security operations centers (SOCs).

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Four Capabilities to Create a More Effective Security Operations Center

To address the complexity and compliance of their IT infrastructures – and to outpace the current time advantage of attackers – enterprise SOCs must build on the foundation of their existing SIEM platforms with additional functionality as :

  • Advanced Threat Monitoring that leverages the rule engines of leading SIEM platforms, in combination with the specialized expertise and focus of full-time threat hunters, to drive continuous improvements to use cases;
  • Advanced Threat Detection which combines context-specific data with analytics and machine learning to find suspicious patterns, behaviors and anomalies in a wider range of historical and real-time data;
  • Accelerated incident investigation suspicious incidents with increasingly automated triage, prioritization and validation of alerts based on context-specific data – in addition to final review and validation by human security analysts; and
  • Faster incident response replacing purely ad-hoc activities with playbooks, analytical tools, incident management tools, and common reports, allowing security analysts to spend less time researching and more time doing analysis .

Ultimately, these capabilities help drive value by reducing the total time required to detect, investigate, respond to, and remediate security incidents – from weeks and months of status quo to as little as hours and years. days.

Taking SIEM to the next level

Many organizations lack the resources – both the bandwidth of existing staff and the specialized technical expertise – and the tactical focus to perform well in these types of activities. Their main strategic objective is the management and growth of their business, not security, compliance, privacy and risk.

Even if a given organization is capable of traditional, self-contained integration of on-premises security solutions using in-house resources, is it really better to do these activities on its own? A growing number of companies are choosing to leverage the expertise, scale and reach of a specialist third-party security service provider and prioritize other activities for their own staff. However you implement – whether in-house, as software as a service (SaaS), or fully outsourced – what’s important is that you meet those needs by moving your next-level SIEM platform.

Either way, the security monitoring and analytics platform’s approach is well aligned with these capabilities, unlike a traditional tool-based approach.

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