Five Key Features for Evaluating Modern SIEMs

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Protecting sprawling IT environments against ever-evolving threats with limited resources can be overwhelming. Sifting through all the event logs from perimeter security devices, servers, and applications across an environment to manually detect threats and anomalies is a daunting task. Modern Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) solutions can help. They offer a unified approach to security visibility, incident response, forensic investigation, and threat hunting capabilities on a single platform.

SIEM platforms have evolved, enabling organizations to take a more proactive approach to identifying, assessing, and responding to threats. Modern SIEM platforms are a highly-effective means of maturing your security capabilities while advancing organizational flexibility and resilience and can make your IT team more efficient and free up technical resources to focus on higher-value activities.

If you are considering a SIEM, here are five key features to look for when evaluating which platform is right for you:

1. Intelligently and comprehensively collects security data across your entire IT environment while analyzing and correlating that data in real-time.

2. Understands the context behind security events to significantly reduce false positives and provide your IT team with more meaningful, actionable alerts.

3. Continuously monitors the threat intelligence landscape and automatically correlates new rules based on the unique characteristics of emerging threats.

4. Integrates with your existing tools to automate repetitive tasks, such as ticket generation, when malicious activity is detected.

5. Streamlines log storage and enhances your compliance reporting capabilities.

Evaluating features is just one aspect of choosing the right SIEM. How those features will fit with your existing infrastructure and workflows, your organizational objectives, and your budget are also important. Choosing the right SIEM platform will provide cost-effective visibility, intelligent analytics, and actionable insights into critical threats that can help your organization avoid and recover faster from disasters while enabling your IT team to be more efficient and productive.

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