It’s no secret, we’re living in the age of the data breach. As of March 29th, 2016, there have been over 202 data breach incidents in 2016, with a total of 6,184,526 records compromised according to a report from the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC). That puts the US on track to eclipse 2014’s record high 783 data breaches.
The average cost of those breaches? $3.79 million, according to research from the Ponemon institute. And, beyond the immediate financial cost, data breaches can cause an unquantifiable loss in customer confidence.
And yet, many companies avoid or minimize security breaches – in 2015, according to the ITRC, over 90% of the Fortune 10000 did not suffer a reportable security breach. So what did those security teams do differently?
That’s the question that the SANS Institute aims to answer with their yearly “Best of” Security awards.
Established in 1989 as a cooperative research and education organization, The SANS Institute is the largest source of information security training and certification in the world. Its programs now reach more than 165,000 security professionals around the world.
Every year, the SANS Institute surveys those 165,000 security practitioners, most of whom use commercial products, and publishes what the community likes best.
Created to “raise awareness of the solutions that organizations are using to successfully fend off attacks,” The SANS Best of Program showcases the solutions that SANS says are “making a difference by reducing the business impact of cyber attacks in real world applications we believe we can help security professionals to reduce the number of successful intrusions.”
Check out the full list of winners below or at the SANS site here.
Winner: Tenable Nessus
Honorable Mentions: Rapid7, NMAP/Qualys
End Point Protection
Winner: Symantec Endpoint Protection
Honorable Mentions: Intel McAfee, CarbonBlack (Bit9)
Winner: FireEye Threat Intelligence
Honorable Mentions: Fortinet, (tie) iDefence (Verisign)/RSA
Next Gen Firewall
Winner: Fortinet Fortigate
Honorable Mentions: Palo Alto Networks, Cisco
Winner: Qualys WAS
Honorable Mentions: Fortigate Fortiweb, IBM Appscan
Winner: Guidance Software Encase Forensics
Honorable Mention: Access Data
Advanced Threat Detection
Winner: FireEye Intrusion Kit
Honorable Mentions: Snort, Cisco/Sourcefire
Winner: IBM Security QRadar
Honorable Mentions: Splunk, HP ArcSight
Those of you looking for a more in-depth breakdown of the SIEM market may also be interested in the following resources:
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- Five Questions You Need To Ask Yourself When Evaluating SIEM Solutions - November 8, 2017
- Winning the Data Breach War with User and Entity Behavioral Analytics - November 3, 2017
- 5 Alternatives to The Gartner Magic Quadrant for SIEM - October 31, 2017