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Do You Need a SIEM for Your Security in 2018?


Exploring the Benefits of SIEM

Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) is a marriage of Security Information Management (SIM) and Security Event Management (SEM) designed to provide a technological bird’s eye view of potential security issues within a company. The SIEM system works by gathering flow data from all relevant areas and establishing normal patterns of use. It can then identify and alert the company to any abnormal activities that can indicate a breach of security. 

The SIEM system’s concept has undergone a refreshing evolution that has prepared it to analyze security threats and to integrate appropriate systems into an actionable response network. The advanced analytic capabilities can also pinpoint problem areas that merit reinforced security measures or additional investigation. When considering the nature of consumer privacy and damage done by recent data breaches, the more complete the security system, the better.

Providing a Multi-Tiered Approach to Cyber Security

There are a number of available SIEM systems all providing some combination of log management and event correlation to detect threats and data anomalies. The most advanced systems will be able to do the following: 

  • Generate real-time data: The SIEM should be able to collect and analyze data as it comes in. This allows for the most up-to-date detection of security threats before they are allowed to become problems. 
  • Flag and identify high risk abnormalities: Not every inconsistency is a full-blown threat to security. An advanced SIEM system will be able to categorize the issues and prioritize them accordingly. 
  • Record Data and create reports relating to security incidents: Having a detailed account of the information surrounding and leading up to security threats can help to strengthen the security system and allows for easier identification in the future.

SIEM tools, such as IBM’s QRadar, can take these features a step further, providing a more customized approach to security as a whole.

Working Together to Strengthen Security

SIEM systems are offered as software or as a service by an experienced cyber security company. Securing data and monitoring internal and external activity is becoming increasingly difficult with the constant introduction and evolution of online threats. Many businesses prefer to trust their security to a company that can focus minutely on monitoring and protecting their information. 

GlassHouse Systems offers a dedicated team of experts who specialize in the use of SIEM services to improve your company’s security at every level. We know how to put every feature of IBM’s QRadar SIEM technology to work for you, allowing you to spend more time growing your business and less time protecting it.

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