Finding the right security analytics tools for your enterprise

Last updated:November 2016

Editor's note

With enormous waves of logs, security alerts, threat intelligence and other data to manage, it can be seemingly impossible for security managers to get a complete and accurate view of the vulnerabilities, threats and risks facing their organizations. There's simply too much information to collect, organize and evaluate.

This is where security analytics tools come in. These products help enterprises detect and prioritize threats, formulate responses and iterate against potential attacks. No matter the size of a company or the type of information it holds, visibility into today's vast threat landscape is crucial. While the solution seems an easy one, procuring security analytics tools is no small task, because the purchase goes beyond security features.

Finding the right security analytics software is about making the right decision fiscally and technologically. In order to do this, security admins first need to understand what these tools can and cannot do. They are not a crystal ball that predicts breaches or a machine that automates a response. They can change how a company defends against and responds to attacks.

A company's size, industry and infrastructure also play into the buying decision. Getting a small-scale security analytics toolkit works for a small to medium-sized business, but is useless to a large business, unless its capabilities can scale up. Conversely, an enterprise-level security analytics tool set would not make sense financially for a smaller business.

Also, businesses need to consider the type of deployment these tools will need. Hardware, software or virtual appliances costs can factor heavily into which security analytics tools are right for a business. Consider the types of threats businesses in certain industries often face. Some security analytics vendors specialize in advanced persistent attacks. Other vendors specialize in specific sectors like finance or healthcare. Security analytics tools extend the capabilities of other security tools. If they can't integrate with a business' existing tool set, it's worth looking at another vendor.

The importance of these tools cannot be more emphasized. Learn what these tools do, when they're needed, and what to pay attention to when purchasing them. Purchasing security analytics software theoretically would make a business more secure. But purchasing the right security analytics tools is what ensures it.

1Use cases for security analytics software

You have a SIEM; you have an antimalware system; you have a firewall, identity management system and other security controls. While it may seem like enough, the business cases for security analytics software say otherwise.

2What you need to know before buying security analytics tools

You can't just select a security analytics tool and hope it works with your company's infrastructure, business requirements and IT personnel. You need to select the right tool for the job, and to do that you need to know the key features to assess before purchasing.

3Identifying the best security analytics tools for your needs

Despite what a vendor may tell you, no security analytics tool is one-size-fits-all. See which security analytics tools best match your business.

4In-depth looks at some of the leading security analytics tools

Here are closer looks at some of the leading security analytics tools. Each overview explores the major functions, the pricing and support plans, and the technical specifications of the security analytics tools.