What is SIEM and is it Worth It?

SIEM programs provide vital visibility into cybersecurity issues in IT configurations.

SIEM programs provide vital visibility into cybersecurity issues in IT configurations.

Security information event management (SIEM) solutions monitor IT configurations in real time, collect security log events from numerous hosts, and report on key data that may pertain to cybersecurity threats businesses must deal with. They can monitor everything from suspicious outbound connectivity, system changes, malware, authentication, web application attacks and more.  The power of SIEM solutions rests in their ability to look for common attributes, and correlate disparate data into meaningful bundles and then proactively alert on possible threats.  These solutions can be powerful tools from a regulatory perspective as they offer visibility into threats and options to nip security problems in the bud as events start to gain momentum. 

Is SIEM worth it?

All indications are a fairly resounding yes.  By bringing disparate log data together, SIEM enables centralized analysis and reporting for an organization's security events. The analysis can detect attacks that would not be found through other means, and some SIEM products have the capabilities to attempt to stop attacks they detect -- assuming they are still in progress.  SIEM platforms may pose challenges, but a recent 451 Research study, in which more than 50 percent of survey respondents said they are using SIEM solutions, almost 92 percent of those polled said they would continue to use the technology even if there weren't regulatory standards making it necessary.  

If you have questions about SIEM, ARG can help.  ARG works with the leading security and SIEM providers to ensure that our clients deploy solutions that protect their organizations. 

Stay tuned for our next SIEM blog outlining the Limitation of SIEM or email us for more information at info@myarg.com today.