The Top Three SIEM Challenges for Enterprises in 2020

The Top Three SIEM Challenges for Enterprises in 2020

What are the top SIEM Challenges facing enterprises in 2020? 

Let’s get the obvious out of the way; yes, SIEM can pose a challenge to enterprises of all sizes. It’s easily the least understood and the least deployed of all branches of cybersecurity. However, the SIEM challenges of 2020 don’t quite resemble the challenges of yesteryear. In fact, even as SIEM takes on special prominence in the new decade, it promises to create new problems as well. 

SIEM compiles critical security event log data generated from throughout the network, including firewalls, applications, and databases. Additionally, it normalizes the collected data so that security analysts can search for signs of data breaches or dwelling threats. Moreover, SIEM solutions can system-generated reports and trigger alarms for more immediate threats.

That explains why SIEM is necessary. But what creates problems? Here are the top three SIEM challenges for enterprises in 2020

Top 3 SIEM Challenges for Enterprises in 2020

1. Human Limitations

Cybersecurity doesn’t stop at the technology you deploy. It also depends on the people who participate in your IT Security Team. After all, you need an actual team to conduct threat hunting, review reports, and respond to alarms. Further, they keep the software updated and ensure that everything follows the proper correlation rules.

However, you need a team with both the expertise and the time to perform all of these tasks, and therein lies the problem. With the cybersecurity staffing crisis in full swing, finding the right people for the job can prove more than a little challenging. 

Thankfully, next-generation SIEM solutions can automate the logging and search capabilities; while it can’t cover all of it, it can help reduce the burden on your team. 

2. False Positives

None of the SIEM challenges in 2020 can match the dangers of false positives. SIEM solutions, especially legacy solutions, often mistake regular activities as potential threats. Of course, this wastes the limited time IT Security Team has to investigate threats—contributing to burnout and dwelling threats. Additionally, SIEM can suffer from other accuracy issues, which can lead to confusion in investigations. 

Next-generation SIEM helps to reduce false positives through improved security correlations and continually updated threat intelligence. While your human team still needs to participate in investigations, improved alerting can significantly free up their schedules.

3. Risks to Logged Data

Here, we can’t discuss SIEM challenges for enterprises in 2020 without talking about the risks of logged data. After all, SIEM compiles data, much of which could entice threat actors; they may seek to steal or destroy this data for their own purposes. Unfortunately, legacy solutions don’t protect their compiled data with nearly the same level of attention as they provide other databases.

Fortunately, next-generation SIEM solutions do fortify their compiled security data with cyber resilience, ensuring hackers can’t penetrate their defenses. Further, it extends visibility over your business network, giving hackers fewer places to hide.  

How to Learn More About SIEM Challenges in 2020

We explore the top SIEM challenges in 2020, the key solution providers, and their key capabilities in our SIEM Buyer’s Guide. It is available for free download here.

Ben Canner

Ben Canner is an enterprise technology writer and analyst covering Identity Management, SIEM, Endpoint Protection, and Cybersecurity writ large. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English from Clark University in Worcester, MA. He previously worked as a corporate blogger and ghost writer. You can reach him via Twitter and LinkedIn.
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