SIEM is a set of tools and services that help businesses get a centralized view of their information security. It combines security event management (SEM)—a quick way to collect, store, search, analyze, act on, and report on log data in real-time to provide event correlation, threat monitoring and incident response—with security information management (SIM)—a process of retrieving and analyzing log data to generate reports.
This provides an all-in-one security platform that ingests event logs in real-time and enables security teams to more accurately locate potential threats—and then take proactive measures to respond and report on them. The Gartner Information technology Glossary lists the critical capabilities of SIEM as: “a broad scope of log event collection and management, the ability to analyze log events and other data across disparate sources, and operational capabilities (such as incident management, dashboards and reporting).”
Top Benefits of SIEM:
The top benefits of SIEM include:
- Enhanced threat detection
- Greater visibility into threats
- Increased potential security threat prevention
- Increased incident-handling efficiency
- Simplified compliance reporting
Now that we’ve familiarized ourselves with the fundamentals and basics of what SIEM is, you may ask what’s next? How do I know what logs to monitor for my customers? If you want the most bang for your buck from an SIEM solution, you should know it’s not a simple “1, 2, 3” deployment. It takes some work. You need to start off by determining the scope of your SIEM implementation. A SIEM is only as useful as the information you put in it, so you need to define what activities and logs you should monitor.
To give you a greater understanding of this, we’ll cover the basics of SIEM logging in our next blog.
What Do We Offer Today?
SolarWinds® Threat Monitor is a cloud-based security information and event management (SIEM) tool designed to help MSPs detect, respond to, and report on threats in managed networks. What’s more, if you aren’t ready to build your own security operations center (SOC), The SolarWinds Threat Monitoring Service Provider Program is a unique opportunity to offer advanced security services without investing in a costly SOC.
Learn more about the program today.
Mia Thompson is product marketing manager, Threat Monitor, at SolarWinds MSP.