SIEM For The Next Generation we see strategic IT requirements traversing the delicate balance of IT security and compliance, the value of Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) tools have increased in importance. The collection and analysis of data from Content filters, VPNs, UTMs, routers switches and firewalls, databases and systems are critically important data points for every organization as the global threat vector continues to modify its tactics and focus.

The Next Generation SIEM of today needs to deliver services to the Network Operations Center (NOC), Security Operations Center (SOC) and the Risk Audit (RA), teams and the executive suite.

Macro and Micro visibility enables enterprise organizations to gain the upper hand via rich reporting of all IP enabled devices providing visibility awareness such as:

•Log Management

•Security Events

•Confidential and Private Data

•Vulnerability Analytics

•Security and Forensic Analysis

•Monitoring Internal & External Threats

•Monitoring User Activity and Behavior

•Monitoring IT staff/administrator behavior

•Meeting Corporate Governance Initiatives

•Risk Analysis

•Network Operations and Performance

•Asset Management

•Configuration Change Audit

•Network Behavior Anomaly (NBA) Monitoring

•Business Analysis

•Centralized Management Analytics

•Compliance Automation

•Audit Gap Analysis

With the multitude of SIEM tools available in the market today it is incumbent among business leaders to see how security controls map to specific lines of business assisting in the strategic decision making in all lines of business. Some are referring to this visibility as Unified Situational Awareness; a contemporary strategy enabling any enterprise to know, not just guess what is happening within their Information Technology Environment. This knowledge quite often is compelling enough to empower business to gain an operational edge over the competition.

As “The Cloud” and cloud services continue to become more culturally acceptable, among business leaders, as a way to reduce cost and maximize efficiencies. Organizations are looking at SIEM solutions that are offered in a SaaS model (Software as a Service). Many organizations have invested in point solutions to meet their IT requirements and SIEM in a SaaS model can be a compelling option for growing companies. Many organization place their SIEM SaaS tool in the corporate private cloud and some prefer however some prefer a Managed Service Provider (MSP) model.

Organizations should consider Next Generation SIEMs that extend beyond traditional SIEM.

Expanded Data Collection: Advanced security uses cases such as early threat detection require analysis of far more than just log and event data. Network traffic visibility, such as flow data, user context and threat intelligence correlation are all required for comprehensive visibility

Customization without Professional Services: Many SIEM products require a steady stream of expensive pro services in order to deliver value for customers. Next Generation SIEM delviers simple and straight forward customization.

Rapid Time-To-Value: Next Generation SIEM technologies provide fast , easy installation and straight forward and flexible customization that allow security professionals to gain immediate value.

Regardless of the preferred delivery model there is no question of the value of a SIEM tool and as management and monitoring tool, so too does the Next Generation SIEM providing a simple more purpose built tool for today’s environment.

via The Social VAR: SIEM For The Next Generation.

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