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October 2013 Vol. 15 / No. 8

SIEM analytics: Process matters more than products

Security information and event management (SIEM) projects—still in the early stages for some organizations—have a long and somewhat tortuous history. After two decades, many of the remaining challenges concern SIEM-related processes and practices rather than the tools themselves. Organizations can procure next-generation SIEM products from numerous vendors, but buying the security monitoring capability is impossible. Research indicates 75% of chief information security officers who experience publicly disclosed security breaches and lack documented, tested response plans will be fired. Gartner Research   SIEM tools collect, correlate and analyze a wide variety of security-related data. This information can include logs, alerts and flows as well as vulnerability, asset and user contexts. Security monitoring refers to the set of operational processes that are built around the tool. SIEM processes, which can apply to multiple security monitoring and data analysis technologies, depend on the usage of the product. Is it for security ...

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