Swiftly Respond to Contextual Alerts
Data collection, aggregation and analysis provides the basis for incident response and forensics. In an ideal world, Zero Trust security frameworks, advanced and automated threat prevention systems, and a user community that never, ever falls for phishing scams would stop all breaches all of the time.
We don’t live in an ideal world. Even the most elaborate systems can be compromised, and once an organization has been breached, a timely and effective – and often automated — response is essential for damage control.
Organizations seeking to safeguard their data, protect their customer identities and avoid business disruptions need to do more than monitor logs and network flow data; they need to leverage advanced tools to detect these activities in a consumable manner.
Return valuable time to your beleaguered IT and security operations teams. We build platforms to help you identify and respond to data security breaches while minimizing the event’s impact.
Security Information and Event Management (SIEM)
SIEM platforms collect log data across the enterprise – from applications, domain controllers, network devices, security hardware/software, and much more. It aggregates the information, analyzes it to look for abnormal patterns and potential threats, and then normalizes the data into something humans can understand and work with.
SIEM platforms generate contextualized alerts and provide actionable insights for security operatives who can then address and remediate threats. These platforms also are incredibly useful forensics tools for conducting after-the-fact analysis and compliance/incident reporting.
Next-generation SIEM solutions are evolving to include artificial intelligence and machine learning capabilities designed to reduce false positives, provide some predictive analysis for better prevention, and even initiate some automated responses to more quickly stop threats. While this still is an emerging market, there are some early indicators that next-gen SIEM may grow to look more like Security Orchestration, Automation and Response (SOAR) platforms.
Security Orchestration, Automation and Response (SOAR)
Like SIEM, SOAR platforms ingest data across integrated sources – such as from SIEM tools, firewalls, identity and access management systems, intrusion detection/prevention systems, and much more. A critical distinction is that SOAR is capable of orchestrating these workflows and then executing some automated responses, such as opening a ticket or even more complicated steps like quarantining an infected device or blacklisting a malicious URL.
Orchestration and automation relieve overtaxed IT teams by offloading repetitive investigative tasks and reducing “noise” caused by excessive false positive, or even irrelevant, alerts. And, as cyberattacks become more pernicious and capable of rapid lateral movement throughout an organization, automated responses that contain and remediate threats without the delay caused by manual human involvement can mean all the difference between revel and ruin.
Structured Professional Spotlight
Collin Miller, Director of Cloud Security
As the Director of Cloud Security for Structured, Collin manages strategies for securing cloud-based infrastructure and applications. He has more than 16 years’ experience in networking and IT security, focusing on data loss prevention (DLP), secure remote access and authentication, next-generation firewall (NGFW), and security event and information management (SIEM). Collin is also an avid backpacker, having completed a thru-hike of the Pacific Crest Trail in 2015.