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June 2012

Security information management systems and application monitoring

Enterprises have adopted security information management systems (SIMs) for their value in correlating, reporting, and alerting on network security. By feeding firewalls, intrusion detection and prevention, and vulnerability analysis into a common platform, network and security managers have a valuable window, giving greater visibility and helping to clear out the noise. Despite their name, though, SIMs can be used for more than network security monitoring. In many cases, the same tools can bring value to application managers if they’re used correctly. With attacks targeting the application layer, SIMs can help find security problems in enterprise applications that otherwise might get missed. But SIMs can do more than identify security threats: Any hard-to-find event or application performance issue can show up through careful analysis. We’ll walk through the four steps application managers need to integrate applications into enterprise security information management systems  and begin analyzing, reporting and alerting. Feeding...

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