KEY TAKEAWAYS

  • Ignoring cyber threats isn’t an option for businesses.
  • Every company needs the holistic approach to cybersecurity that SIEM delivers.
  • Real-time attack visualization and analytics capabilities keep cyber threats at bay.
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There are two ways to handle a threat: hide from it, or confront it.

In the world of cybersecurity, however, hiding means you’re toast — hackers can, and will, find you. So businesses today must confront the ever-present threat of a cyber attack by constantly monitoring traffic flowing in, out and within their networks. And many managed service providers are looking to a security information and event management (SIEM) solution to do just that. Whether on premises, in the cloud or as a service, think of this system as an all-seeing eye, reporting on anomalies from across the network and helping to prevent future attacks.

SIEM security goes several steps further than run-of-the-mill malware detection, such as AV, which relies on known malware signatures to do its work. Those signatures are added to detection tools after the malware attacks a certain number of systems. It prevents further attacks, but by then, damage has already occurred.

Cloud-based protection

For companies looking to protect their networks from ever-present and evolving cyber threats, a cloud-based security-as-a-service platform is a compelling solution. It delivers real-time analysis of security alerts from places in the network where malware might be hard at work. That can include stationary and mobile endpoints, servers, business applications and networking gear. In short, any point where hackers may find a vulnerability.

Such a system performs two primary functions: collection and analysis. Data, such as device log files, are routed to a central location where it’s consolidated, analyzed and interpreted. The goal is to spot anomalies and detect patterns and correlations that indicate malware may have infiltrated the network. For instance, the system might spot a zero-day attack that attempts to exploit a previously unknown security hole.

Hidden threats

A security and compliance management platform uncovers hidden threats and dangerous behavior within the computing environment. If a file, system or application performs a task in an unexpected way, or seeks access to data it normally wouldn’t, it raises a digital eyebrow.

The system then triggers a response for mitigation. Further investigation ascertains whether a real security threat exists. If not, then all is well — until, perhaps, next time.

Network security is a moving target, as cybercriminals are continuously finding new (and harder to detect) ways to infiltrate networks, so a system that monitors, analyzes and updates threats is an essential tool in the fight against cyber crime. Thankfully, an increasing number of SIEM security and compliance systems support the integration of threat intelligence feeds to deliver the most up-to-date information on malware threats, complete with indicators such as URLs, IP addresses and domain names.

Holistic approach

SIEM security is the offspring of two types of security systems: SIM and SEM. Separately, they perform critical functions, but together they deliver a more holistic — and therefore more valuable — view of the network. The multi-tenancy support, real-time attack visualization and analytical capabilities keep cyber threats at bay and help prevent downtime.

This holistic, centralized view is tailor-made for companies that need comprehensive threat protection without breaking the bank. SIEM solutions give your business the extra protection you need to confront the cyber crime scourge head on.