Apr 20 2015

A SIEM is not enough: moving to a complete cyber security solution

Today’s chief information officers (CIOs) receive enormous amounts of security data, and they need every bit. A steady nosiemforyou
stream of data from endpoint devices, threat intelligence feeds and SIEM tools (security information and event management)  is essential to mounting a proactive defense against today’s cyber security threats. However, data collection alone isn’t enough. Today’s organizations need threat analytics to transform data into actionable intelligence.

Taking Data from Ubiquitous to Useful

At Hadoop Summit 2014, Hortonworks CEO Rob Bearden predicted that enterprise data volume would grow 50 times year over year through at least 2020. According to Forrester, most companies analyze just 12 percent of the data they collect. With so much data coming in, it’s easy to see why most of it gets ignored.

Security data volume is growing along the same trajectory as total enterprise data. Without analytics tools, it’s tough to sift out the important information from the noise. A cyber and risk analytics platform can pull out important information, provide analysis and guide CISO decision-making.


Threat analytics uses correlation tools to uncover the most important pieces of data. For example, a threat analytics platform (like IKANOW’s Enterprise Edition) can analyze internal and external threat intelligence feeds and cross-reference them with SIEM data. It can also correlate indicators of compromise (IOC) data to IP addresses, detecting malware and identifying its location. By making these connections, a cyber threat intelligence platform can detect breaches in progress. It can also identify and locate APTs on the network.


Once threat analytics has compiled important data, it can help CISOs put critical data into context. For instance, threat analytics can map threats to known vulnerabilities within an organization’s cyber security infrastructure. With this analysis, CISOs can set immediate spending priorities.

Set a Course

With a dashboard of analytics data, CISOs can go to the executive team and share the organization’s most pressing security needs. They can share high-priority vulnerabilities, present a realistic time and cost to patch, and obtain buy-in from other executives. With data visualization, management can see potential penetration points, visualize the consequences of inaction and take ownership of the solution. A greater understanding helps everyone get behind security decisions.

Targeted Action

Logs and cyber security data will continue to flood today’s organizations. However, without something to make the logs relevant, the data has limited utility. An organization’s security experts should spend less time digging through data and more time making informed decisions. A cyber threat intelligence platform can improve defense infrastructure, keep security experts productive and ensure that business stays up and running.

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