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Since then, SIM vendors have been hard at work tuning and improving their products and the picture is becoming clearer. Some of the directions are inevitable and obvious: better storage techniques for more information, faster CPUs to cope with higher loads, and tweaks to reporting and archiving to deal with specific compliance requirements. Other innovations and developments show a maturity of the marketplace and products responding to the needs of security managers.
We identified six new directions in SIM technology, ranging from a greater emphasis on visualization tools to stronger active response techniques. This broadening of SIM capabilities will help to differentiate a fairly crowded market and bring greater capabilities to security managers sorely in need of a sharper view of their overall security posture.
This was first published in June 2007