The Enterprise Has a Bad Case of the SIEM

By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 03-07-2013
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Security means everything in the enterprise. With strong security, companies can help ensure that their sensitive data is safe and their biggest cyber-threats are kept a comfortable distance away. Without adequate security, the enterprise looks like one big juicy target to malicious hackers. As a result, CIOs are increasingly trying to find different ways to enhance security.

One of the ways to accomplish that is with help from Security and Information Event Management (SIEM), which provides a holistic view of an organization’s IT security. SIEM combines security information management and security event management functions into one security management system. However, SIEM might not be all that some of its proponents think it is, according to elQnetworks, a company dedicated to security, risk, and compliance solutions. In fact, SIEM can involve more trouble than many users suspect, notes a new elQnetworks survey of nearly 200 IT decision-makers.

“From cost burdens and management headaches, organizations are looking for a cure to SIEM,” according to Brian Mehlman, senior director of product management at elQnetworks. “The good news is that the remedy to this perpetual affliction is through simplified and cost-effective security intelligence solutions that provide organizations with critical visibility across the entire spectrum of enterprise security data.”

SIEMs Have a Reason for Living  Despite the issues with SIEMs, IT staff say that “discovering threats to my IT infrastructure” is still the most important function for SIEMs in 2013.

The Enterprise Has a Bad Case of the SIEM
 
 
Don Reisinger is a freelance technology columnist. He started writing about technology for Ziff-Davis' Gearlog.com. Since then, he has written extremely popular columns for CNET.com, Computerworld, InformationWeek, and others. He has appeared numerous times on national television to share his expertise with viewers. You can follow his every move at http://twitter.com/donreisinger.
 
 
 

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