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Security analytics: The key to reliable security data, effective action

Last updated:February 2014

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Industry hype has been building around the concept of security analytics, and for good reason: The better information available to security pros about their company's devices, data, applications -- and how employees use those assets -- the easier it is for them to identify existing threats or prepare for likely ones.

However, the quest for meaningful, reliable security data is complex, and often daunting. This Security School shows you how to develop a customized security analytics program that delivers insightful, actionable information. Key points covered in this School include how to define success, identify needs, and develop and integrate data sources. This School equips you, in short, to analyze key information to make smarter security decisions. Security analytics: It's the tool you need now to get reliable, actionable security data.

Watch the video, listen to the podcast, read the tech tip then take the quiz to see how much you have learned. Passing the quiz earns you one CPE credit from (ISC)².

View our Security School Course Catalog to view more lessons eligible for CPE credits.

1Security analytics tools you need now

Malware affects us all, no matter what defenses our organizations have in place. Josh Sokol learned this firsthand years ago when he tried out a vendor security product he was sure his company didn't need. He'd assumed, like so many do, that his antimalware software was handling the whole security burden just fine. In this tip, Sokol tells his tale of awakening to the extensive threats he didn't realize were out there. Most infosec pros, he argues, need to do more in this age of modern and ever-changing threats against company systems. To aid them in that battle, Sokol runs through the key weapons that belong in most security arsenals, including advanced malware protection products, intrusion prevention systems and log management.

2Five crucial security analytics you must run today

Advanced security analytics are the best way to obtain the reliable security data that helps you win the battle against sophisticated malware and other attacks on your company's system. In this podcast Josh Sokol runs through five key reports you should obtain daily to understand the state of your network and to see who and what's out to get it. This podcast explains not only why these five reports are so useful but also how to build them for your enterprise.

3Put your newfound security analytics knowledge to the test

Now that you've listened to the webcast and podcast and read Josh Sokol's tech tip on security analytics, you're ready to take down that malware circling your system, right? Take this quiz on security analytics to be sure.

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