Security Information and Event Management (SIEM)

Is Your SIEM Effectively Catching All the Threats and Reducing Your Risk Posture?

Your organization has made substantial investments to improve your security maturity. But your team is still struggling. There never seems to be enough resources to deal with the barrage of alarms. Analysts are spending too much time trying to understand which threats are real because they’re performing investigations across multiple platforms. And they’re spending too much time on manual, repetitive tasks instead of focusing on more critical activities.

If you have a traditional SIEM, it may be hindering your ability to achieve your security objectives.

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Traditional vs. NextGen SIEM: What’s the Difference?

Traditional SIEM

  • Focuses on collecting only exception-based security data to prioritize which “events” are more important than others
  • Relies on heavy schema management and user-provided processing rules that create substantial administrative requirements and hinder use case expansion
  • Does little to assist with alarm triaging and security orchestration, creating alarm fatigue and insecurity in security operation effectiveness
  • Lacks automation to help security teams simplify workflow by removing steps
  • Fails to keep up with the trends and needs of security

NextGen SIEM

  • Performs broad-based collection and identifies threats with corroboration from one or more security-related activities or integrations
  • Takes a holistic approach with minimal tuning with each product release, lowering the administrative burden
  • Reduces the mean time to detect (MTTD) and mean time to respond (MTTR) to threats by using scenario- and behavioral-based analytics to surface only credential threats requiring minimal tuning
  • Improves your team’s collaboration and effectiveness through automation and defined workflows
  • Tracks MTTD and MTTR and strengthens your team’s value to your business

A traditional SIEM is limited and doesn’t have the flexibility to scale and grow as your security needs increase.

A NextGen SIEM has evolved to provide a unified user experience that drives highly efficient workflows and can be measured to better understand improving security practices.

The Need for the Next Generation of SIEM and Threat Detection (and How it Evolved from SIEM)

SIEM has long been the go-to solution for fighting cyberthreats. But, due to architectural complexities, capability deficiencies, and the evolving velocity and sophistication of threats, SecOps teams are facing new challenges.

Fragmented workflows

Lack of centralized visibility

Lack of automation

Segmented threat detection

Information overload and alarm fatigue

Swivel-chair analysis across multiple UIs

Lack of metrics to understand maturity

To address these pain points, some organizations are attempting to augment their traditional SIEM or meld it with other technologies to fill the gaps. NextGen SIEMs are designed with capabilities aligned to meet these new challenges.

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What to Look for in a NextGen SIEM

A NextGen SIEM creates a unified user experience to drive high-efficiency workflows and includes metrics to accelerate maturity. To enable that, a NextGen SIEM should:

  • Offer superior performance and flexible data acquisition to capture forensic data at high rates in its native form no matter where it resides
  • Process unstructured data to create a consistent and normalized view, including security specific data features for machine learning (ML)
  • Be scalable, have cost-effective indexing, and offer flexible data storage options
  • Integrate with security analytics architecture that relies on modern machine-analytics approaches for scenario analytics and behavior analytics to provide greater visibility
  • Combine with commercial, open-source, and custom threat intelligence that supports indicators of compromise (IOC) and tools, techniques, and protocol (TTP)-based threat detection and analyst workflows
  • Integrate with enterprise systems housing business context (e.g., Identify and Access Management, Centralizes Database Management System) to support threat prioritization and analyst workflows
  • Integrate security orchestration, automation, and response (SOAR) workflow with open APIs and capabilities enabling cross-platform integration with enterprise ticketing and IT automation systems

Work Like a Well-Oiled Attack-Fighting Machine

A NextGen SIEM provides your team with the technology it needs to align to the Threat Lifecycle Management (TLM) workflow. TLM helps your team reduce its MTTD and MTTR to cyberthreats through:

Data Processing & Normalization

Standardizes the taxonomy of activities abstracted from log and machine data, yielding more accurate threat detection of security events and search to visualize disparate data sets.

Scenario-based Analytics

Captures understood threat scenarios, enabling faster, more efficient threat detection analytics solutions across the broad spectrum of attacks.

Behavioral-based Analytics

Detect significant changes in behavioral scenarios, allowing for quicker threat detection across the spectrum of attacks.

Forensic Analysis Capabilities

Features an intuitive user interface that includes dashboards and search to aid incident investigation and response.

Security Orchestration, Automation, and Response

Offers workflows to guide incident response more rapidly and accurately after threat detection occurs, increasing efficiency and higher quality incident response with the lowest MTTR, allowing your junior analysts to do more, and utilizing automation.

Support for Large Global Environments

Deploys and maintains solution within complex environment at scale, increasing efficiency and effectiveness through centralized threat visibility, management, and lower total cost of ownership across a growing and scaling global organization.

Big Data Architecture

Stores and searches against massive amounts of data from a variety of data sources, yielding greater flexibility for scaled growth to support high data velocity, variety, and volume for structured and unstructured search.

Open Platform

Integrates with existing infrastructure components enable custom workflows and optimal sharing of important business context and access to NextGen SIEM data for other enterprise use cases.

NextGen SIEM can help your team realize TLM through innovations in security analytics and workflow automation to drive technological efficiency.

A NextGen SIEM Can Help You Detect the Threats You Know — and the Threats You Don’t

Many known threats use recognized TTPs or display IOCs. Your team can use these indicators to surface and prioritize threats. TTPs are best detected through scenario-based analytics approaches. IOCs are best detected through signature-based approaches.

But not all cyberthreats are known — nor do they give clues through easily identifiable indicators. And unfortunately, unknown threats tend to do the most damage. These cyberthreats use zero-day exploits and custom malware that can evade signature-based techniques.

Many SIEMs can surface known threats with scenario- and signature-based analytics. To reduce the risk of the damage of a data breach, you need a NextGen SIEM that can also alarm on unknown threats by detecting shifts in behaviors of both users and systems with behavioral analytics.

Get the Most from Your SIEM Investment

According to Frost & Sullivan, “A well-designed SIEM will not only advance security objectives, but will also optimize security analysts’ time and talent and streamline workflow processes.”

But not all SIEMs are created equal. Your SIEM can be the biggest expenditure in your security toolset. Learn how you can maximize your investment while protecting your organization. Download Frost & Sullivan’s SIEM’s Total Cost of Ownership report below.

See Why the LogRhythm NextGen SIEM Platform is the Most Complete Solution on the Market

The LogRhythm NextGen SIEM Platform was built by security professionals for security professionals. Through years of innovation, LogRhythm provides an end-to-end workflow to help your team reduce risk.

Built from the ground up, LogRhythm’s NextGen SIEM Platform helps your SecOps team achieve its goals, realize rapid return on investment, and scale for tomorrow.

Plan for Today, Scale for Tomorrow

When your team encounters evolving threats, speed to detect and respond is critical. And to protect your organization for today and tomorrow, your NextGen SIEM needs to handle anything you throw at it.

The SANS Institute, a research and education organization for security professionals, tested LogRhythm’s NextGen SIEM platform solution to accessible its speed, scalability, and level of accuracy.

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