What the stars and managed SIEM have in common

November 16, 2015 Arctic Wolf Networks

For enterprises, organizations and SMBs that have been considering managed SIEM services to ensure greater network security, now is the time to get off the fence. Preventative defenses are among the most effective cybersecurity strategies amid the wave of cyberthreats crashing against the gates, but a detective defense such as SIEM-as-a-service quickly identifies small leaks that can cause huge problems later on.

Managed SIEM is not a precaution. It's a basic layer of modern cybersecurity.The question is no longer "if" but "when" will a breach occur, because it will. When it does, the preventative layer of defense will be rendered useless. Take the recent example of the U.S. Navy: For the first time in nearly 20 years, Annapolis will be teaching all sailors the art of celestial navigation due to the threat cyberattacks pose for navigational technology, according to The Capital Gazette. The stars, which predate sailors and the ocean itself, have taken a back seat to radio wave and GPS navigation. Now they will steer the ship in the event of a cyberattack.

SIEM-as-a-service: Stars for enterprises

"Managed SIEM is not a precaution. It's a basic layer of modern cybersecurity."

Managed SIEM becomes the primary layer of defense for enterprise network security in the event of a breach. Like GPS navigation that has been compromised by a cyberattack, preventative security can't help after a system has been hacked. And like the stars, SIEM-as-a-service provides a tactical advantage once the hackers have infiltrated the fortress. 

SIEM services monitor network activity, making it possible to detect unusual or suspicious traffic and preventing events such as the recent Scottrade data breach, in which the system was actively breached by hackers between late 2013 and early 2014. Scottrade did not learn of this breach until August 2015, and was informed by federal investigators who had been tracking data theft in various financial companies. By then, an estimated 4.6 million customers had their personal contact information put at risk.

With managed SIEM services, the first line of defense is not the last line of defense. When the phalanx fails, it's important to have a network scout that can identify and track a threat, and plug the holes before sensitive data becomes someone's loot.

Another big advantage of managed SIEM is that it is far easier to deploy than traditional SIEM software. It is more affordable than legacy software solutions, and more importantly, it is based in the cloud, which means it can scale with companies of various sizes as they expand or contract. Furthermore, instead of shoveling more work on the IT team, security analysts can ensure optimization of the service. Think of it as putting an experienced navigator at the helm of a vessel.

Managed SIEM keeps businesses afloat

A company data breach does not have to herald the end times, at least not with the detective prowess of Managed SIEM services. Perhaps someday a method of preventative cyberdefense will exist that is as reliable as the stars. Until that day comes, SIEM-as-a-service will keep the company afloat, even if the worst should happen.

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