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Mature SIMs do more than log aggregation and correlation
This article is part of the Information Security magazine issue of June 2009
IT'S BEEN ALMOST a decade since security information management (SIM) systems were introduced. During that time, SIM products have evolved from relatively immature log aggregation products that were too expensive for all but the largest enterprises, to mature aggregation and management solutions that provide network and security insight to organizations of all sizes. But SIM solutions aren't done evolving. As SIM use increases, enterprises are asking vendors for additional functionality, including deeper compliance intelligence and reporting, better visualization, improved incident response and integration of identity awareness. Many companies are leveraging SIMs to increase efficiency and cost savings in their security programs. And some businesses are going beyond security awareness and exploring how the comprehensive view of network and user activity that is collected and parsed by the SIM can be used for proactive risk management and business intelligence. A CONFUSING BEGINNING Early on, the SIM space suffered from a number ...
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