A single, simplified view of your data, insight into security operations, and operational capabilities are all provided by Security Information and Event Management (SIEM), a type of cybersecurity technology that enables you to detect, look into, and effectively address security risks.

Do you have a strong belief in detective controls and security analytics in general. You need the crucial defense-in-depth layers that detective controls give through tracking logs and all the other data a contemporary SIEM consumes because, at least occasionally, bad people are going to circumvent your preventive measures. The comparison to an exercise machine can only go you so far because it doesn’t emphasize the importance of highly qualified specialists. A stronger comparison might be made between the numerous sensors and active and passive monitoring systems found on an aircraft carrier. If there isn’t a team of experts evaluating the data and relaying the threat status to the officer on duty, then that technology won’t be much help. There are simply a lot of attractive flashing lights and screens.

A SIEM needs a SOC. Other tools, particularly User Behavior Analytics (UBA), have entered the SIEM market. User and Entity Behavior Analytics (UEBA), is used to identify and address internal and external threats. UBA is frequently thought of as a more sophisticated security tool, although it is increasingly incorporated into the SIEM category. These features are essential to any SIEM solution because they shed light on network activity trends within the enterprise and provide context for both known and unknowable risks. Additionally, they filter warnings before the security operations center (SOC) team receives a notification, which helps to lessen alert fatigue and frees up analysts’ time for more complicated or critical threats.

Consider setting up the squelch, allowing the SIEM to only notify you to the most suspicious events, and attempting to check the dashboard daily. You are, after all, compiling logs just in case, aren’t you? That strategy, however, is unlikely to identify accidents in time to minimize harm. Small businesses are just as vulnerable to cyber threats as big organizations are, but we can’t take advantage of economies of scale to properly implement protection.

Security teams increasingly rely on SIEM technology for event correlation, threat intelligence, security data aggregation, and other tasks in a world of growing cyber threats, as well as growing regulatory environments and consequences for security breaches.