The rising demand for Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) solutions has grown worldwide as more organizations are turning to SIEM technology to ramp up their security posture and combat escalating cyber threats and breaches. The SIEM market is being driven by IT projects to resolve security issues and to improve security monitoring and incident response technology. As more organizations adopt SIEM solutions, the technology will serve as a vital component in the secure and stable operation of a business’ network.
There are many reasons why organizations are embracing SIEM technology and it’s important to understand the various security use cases that SIEM technology can help solve. There are five important critical business benefits derived from a capable SIEM solution for all enterprises regardless of size.
- Reduction of capital and operational cost
- Early detection of security incidents
- Provide comprehensive and efficient reporting
- Deliver crucial operational efficiency
- Achieve greater security intelligence
Organizations must understand that SIEM vendors are not all equal in capabilities and that the advanced feature sets created to solve specific use cases vary from vendor to vendor. Evaluators must also recognize that SIEM vendors specifically market to potential and existing clients based on specific use cases. There are wide variations in the level of SIEM technology support for specific use cases, so understanding them is a prerequisite for gaining insights on SIEM technology and for evaluating the most capable SIEM solution that will help solve your business and security needs.
Business Justification of SIEM Investment
In today’s brief, we will examine some of the critical business benefits of a capable SIEM solution and explore how the Aanval SIEM Solution can help solve specific use cases.
How to do more with less
How organizations can effectively streamline IT operations, obtain greater efficiency, and reduce overhead cost.
A capable SIEM solution should be focused on delivering efficiency and automation which in turn produces operational efficiency. Greater efficiency is a prime goal for all businesses including security professionals. Security professionals must continue to search for opportunities to improve efficiency and do more with less. With mounting pressure to cut security overhead cost while striving to manage the organization’s security posture with a limited operation budget, security professionals need to leverage SIEM technology that will automate labor-intensive key tasks such as monitoring network activities, capturing log information, archiving security events, responding to security incidents, setting up policies, establishing reports, and creating intrusion detection rules to combat evolving security threats.
The Aanval SIEM Solution delivers crucial operational efficiency through automating the tedious day-to-day tasks involving log and threat management. Aanval’s automated database management simplifies the security tasks of capturing and managing a large number of security events as well as creating valuable reports and delivering real-time alerts. In addition, Aanval can successfully solve the daunting task of managing and archiving an unlimited amount of real-time and historical events. This automated capability helps deliver accurate event correlation analyses and provides an efficient way to search and locate event data without losing valuable time. Aanval thus drives operational efficiency through the intelligent use of automation technology.
To then summarize, this is how Aanval SIEM can improve the operation efficiency within IT departments:
- Reduce the amount of time spent on reviewing log records and managing network activities and user activities.
- Lower the number of security analysts needed to respond to security events.
- Streamline the IT process of monitoring activities, analyzing and correlating event data, delivering security alerts, and investigating security incidents.
- Provide the extra set of eyes for understaffed IT departments.
- Create automated and customized comprehensive reports for better threat management.
- Resolve audit deficiencies regarding log monitoring.
- Deliver greater security intelligence resulting in improved network visibility and accurate security alerts.
Improving security by accelerating detection
How organizations can successfully detect and react faster to security events before they actualize.
A capable SIEM solution can improve an organization’s network infrastructure and security posture by efficiently detecting suspicious events. Early detection of security incidents mitigates security risks as well as prevent security threats and malicious security breaches from actualizing and causing network downtime. There are negative impacts associated with high-profile security breaches affecting both company image and consumer trust. Breaches overall can cause serious implications including financial consequences for both businesses and organizations. In order to identify and prevent both security breaches and successful attacks, organizations should select a SIEM that successfully augments both log management and threat management. The most flexible SIEM products also enable integration of business context data for fraud detection, loss prevention, and monitoring of other transactional events that are critical to business risk management.
Security experts believe that SIEM solutions that interface with a successful Intrusion Detection System (IDS) is most suited to deliver real-time alerts and effective threat management. For example, Tactical FLEX, Inc. is among SIEM-leading suppliers that provides a very strong focus on intrusion detection for successful threat management. Aanval SIEM commercial solution comes tightly integrated with effective Snort and Suricata open source security tools and can also support any device with syslog capabilities to deliver complete data management and real-time security alerts. Aanval’s threat management technology which provides greater intelligence and network visibility can quickly respond to high-risk security events by accelerating the detection of possible attacks. SC Magazine stated that the success of Snort IDS is due to the fact that users in the open source security community worldwide can detect and respond to bugs, worms, malware attacks, and other security threats faster and more efficiently than other IDS engines.
Evaluating and Selecting a Capable SIEM
A Brief Overview
The selection of the most effective SIEM technology is a major task for many organizations. In the current economic climate, organizations face the difficult challenge of prioritizing where to best spend their limited budgets so that they emerge from these uncertain times as strong, profitable companies. There are SIEM solutions available that can fit various budget requirements but many unfortunately require a hefty product investment. Although investing in a SIEM can become a large financial risk, there are one-of-a-kind SIEM solutions such as Aanval SIEM which delivers automated log management technology, proven threat management capability, and greater network visibility that won’t break the bank. If automation, security intelligence, and network visibility are key factors for your network, your organization will benefit immensely with Aanval SIEM solution.
According to Gartner Technology Research, SIEM product selection decisions should be driven by an organization’s specific requirements in areas such as the relative importance of each SIEM’s capabilities and advanced features, the ease and speed of deployment, the IT organization’s support capabilities, and investment costs. In properly evaluating a SIEM solution, organizations should take the time to examine the product and take advantage of free evaluation trials in order make a sound decision on whether a specific SIEM solution can meet your business needs, security requirements, and overall budget.
For information on how Aanval’s SIEM solution can help your organization, please contact (800) 921-2584 or email sales.group [at] tacticalflex.com.
About Tactical FLEX, Inc.
For nearly a decade, Tactical FLEX, Inc. has taken great pride in providing best-of-breed security solutions to every type of organization around the world. Our wide spectrum of customers demonstrates our sincere commitment to an industry that remains at the forefront of the digital evolution of the world. Information security is our business, and our customers are our greatest asset. Tactical FLEX, Inc. is a trusted security vendor protecting more than 6,000 organizations within every industry in more than 100 countries. Our product Aanval® is the industry's most comprehensive end-to-end Snort and syslog intrusion detection, correlation, and threat management solution, built with a unique Situational Awareness engine, distinct false-positive protection technology, and a fully-integrated event management and attack data correlation engine. Learn more about Aanval SAS™ by visiting https://www.aanval.com
We invite you to visit our Industry Focus page at http://www.aanval.com/industry to find out how our products and services can aid securing your valuable assets and information. The Industry Focus website section was created to provide information security professionals a more expansive perspective on the security needs and challenges facing their industries. Every organization, regardless of specific industry, is facing similar and ever-increasing network and inter-network related security threats. Our products and services are designed not only for the important facets of the industries shown below, but for every organization with a network or internet connection.
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