SIMs maturing and suitable for mid-market


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Security Information Management (SIM) tools have come a long way. When Information Security reviewed them three years ago, they were still relatively immature and expensive, requiring significant time and effort to return much value. SIMs promised to help security managers better handle overwhelming amounts of data from IDSes, firewalls and other devices but the results were a little fuzzy.

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.

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This was first published in June 2007

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