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.
The importance of security analytics tools in the enterprise
Before making a choice and deciding on a set of security analytics tools, see how they work, and how businesses deploy them.
Expert Dan Sullivan explains how security analysis and analytics tools work, and how they provide enterprises with valuable information about impending attacks or threats. Continue Reading
2Do I need?-
Use 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.
Expert Dan Sullivan outlines three use case scenarios for security analytics tools and explains how they can benefit the enterprise. Continue Reading
3How to buy-
What 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.
Security analytics software can be beneficial to enterprises. Expert Dan Sullivan explains how to select the right product to fit your organization's needs. Continue Reading
4Which should I buy?-
Identifying 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.
Expert Dan Sullivan examines the top security analytics products to help readers determine which may be best for their organization. Continue Reading
5Top product overviews-
In-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.
Expert Dan Sullivan examines the features of Arbor Networks' Pravail Security Analytics, which employs full packet capture to detect various signals of an attack for enterprises. Continue Reading
Expert Dan Sullivan takes a look at the Blue Coat Security Analytics Platform, which is designed to capture comprehensive network information and apply targeted security analytics. Continue Reading
Expert Dan Sullivan takes a look at the FireEye Threat Analytics Platform, a cloud-based security analytics product that offers threat detection and contextual intelligence. Continue Reading
Expert Dan Sullivan checks out Hexis Cyber Solutions' NetBeat MON, a security analytics monitoring appliance that leverages several open source network monitoring tools. Continue Reading
Expert Dan Sullivan examines the Juniper Networks JSA Series Secure Analytics product family, which provides log analysis, threat analysis and compliance reporting for larger enterprises. Continue Reading
Expert Dan Sullivan examines the Lancope StealthWatch FlowCollector, a security analytics product that ingests large volumes of data to identify suspicious activity. Continue Reading
Expert Dan Sullivan examines RSA's NetWitness Logs and Packets, security analytics tools that collect and review logs, packets and behavior to detect enterprise threats. Continue Reading
Expert Dan Sullivan examines Sumo Logic Enterprise Security Analytics, which uses a combination of rules, anomaly detection and predictive analytics to detect security threats. Continue Reading