We here at Solutions Review tout the effectiveness and the necessity of SIEM solutions. We stand by those statements wholeheartedly. Given how the cybersecurity paradigm continues to shift from a prevention-based model to a detection and response based model, we can back up our claims.
SIEM provides, among other capabilities, threat intelligence, threat detection, threat remediation, log management, security event alerting, and compliance reporting. These capabilities prove essential when dealing with modern threats designed to evade preventative detection and dwell for months if not years on the enterprise network.
While SIEM once only appealed to the largest enterprises for its compliance tools, businesses of all sizes need what SIEM can offer. SIEM does come with its own challenges, sure. But these SIEM issues often reveal themselves as little more than paper tigers. Here’s why.
SIEM Issues: An Outline of Arguments
SIEM solutions carry the connotation of being complex tools in the cybersecurity arsenal.
While no InfoSec solution fits the definition of “set-it-and-forget-it,” SIEM can require more involved maintenance and reexamination than other solutions. Its threat detection can depend on both a continual threat intelligence feed and regular detection parameter updates by your IT security team.
In other words, SIEM may need an investment of time and resources beyond the usual patching of other cybersecurity solutions to function optimally. While well worth it, it can also cause exhaustion among your InfoSec professionals.
Additionally, SIEM’s alerting functions can bombard your security operations center with potential threat alerts, both legitimate and false positive. Solution providers offer contextualization and stronger correlation to combat this issue, but it can still cost enterprises some resources to track down leads, especially if following the leads results in a dead end.
Moreover, deploying SIEM itself can pose its own set of challenges. Some enterprises report SIEM as being too complex for their teams or proving overwhelming in its scope.
Crucially, as stated before these SIEM issues may not be actual size…
You Can Solve SIEM Issues On Your Own
We want to stress none of the potential SIEM issues described above are insurmountable. In fact, with the right investment and training, your IT security team should prove more than capable of handling these problems efficiently.
Often the perception itself causes the SIEM issues, creating a self-fulfilling prophecy. Enterprises hear about the complexity of SIEM, then refuses to invest the time or resources into selecting and deploying it properly, thus making it much harder to deploy and maintain
On the other hand, some enterprises choose SIEM to solve a particular problem without considering how SIEM’s other features might integrate with the other cybersecurity platforms. This unthinking deployment obviously causes more challenges down the road; if you select a solution without understanding why it works, then you create more pain for your business long term.
Instead, with the right attitude and tactics, you can transform SIEM issues into easy usage.
Here’s an Outline of How to Solve SIEM Issues on Your Own
- Carefully review your options for SIEM solutions before making a selection. See if a next-generation fits your particular use case and will integrate with your other cybersecurity solutions.
- Make sure you need SIEM. Sometimes the problem you wish to solve with SIEM can be solved by a cybersecurity solution you already possess.
- Deploy SIEM slowly. This, in turn, requires you to understand where you store your most important data and assets to properly prioritize. Start with these crucial areas, make adjustments as necessary, and slowly expand its reach from there.
- Train your IT security team to use your solution properly. Provide them with regular and engaging training programs and keep them abreast of updates and procedures as necessary.
- Invest in your solution. Cybersecurity is not an outlier expense; it is vital to protecting your bottom line and business reputation. Consider it a crucial business expense and give it what it needs for optimal performance.
- Keep your solution updated and patched. Never set-it-and-forget-it.
If You’re Still Not Sure
If SIEM issues still seem unfathomable to you, consulting with a managed security services provider (MSSP) can help you deploy and maintain SIEM throughout your network with only minimal involvement of your IT security team.
Don’t let SIEM’s reputation intimidate you into making a bad security choice. Get the facts and go about this with the right attitude!
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