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December 2013 Vol. 15 / No. 10

A full-service model for SIEM

Organizations continue to struggle with a rise in security incidents, and CISOs and their IT teams often lack the resources to meet the challenge. Like most information security programs, we are being asked -- and, in many cases, forced -- to do more with less. Enter a concept that hasn't been a focus in the industry until recently: Developing a security information and event management (SIEM) system, which addresses not only the high costs of setup and ownership, but the most important use cases. SIEM promises to improve the security incident response lifecycle by collecting and analyzing data from a myriad of sources (network and security devices, security programs and servers). SIEM technologies provide log management, event monitoring, alerting and compliance reporting through complex infrastructure involving hardware, software, custom processes and analytics. Given the push towards the cloud, there's a unique opportunity to deliver SIEM in a way that adds far greater value to users. What is the goal of a SIEM? That depends ...

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