Key SIEM Use Cases to Ensure You Never Get Compromised

Critical capabilities for a Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) to be used to effectively detect and mitigate threats in an enterprise environment.

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Security breaches in any organization cause not only quantifiable financial loss, but also non-quantifiable loss of reputation. However, not many organizations take their security seriously. Companies, indeed, choose to use advanced and expensive SIEM tools simply to achieve compliance measures. This mindset of mere compliance over actual information security measures is troublesome.

There are several limiting factors that can keep an enterprise from the required security standard, however following are few of the most common issues.

  • Lack of funds, training and / or highly skilled resources
  • No effort to monitor resultant threats when in production
  • Failure to use benchmarks and frameworks to produce secure code

SIEM Use Cases

When considering solutions, the SIEM stands out, especially because it is able to respond to diverse needs of an enterprises security infrastructure. The enterprise can deploy an SIEM for varied purposes, to further understand following are the two primary use cases.

  • Threat Management - using the SIEM to detect, evaluate, escalate and mitigate threats
  • Compliance - using the SIEM to process large mounts of data and producing compliance analytics

It is critical to identify your use case right at the planning stage of the deployment. A large percentage of SIEM deployments actually fail due to the lack of planning or because both the primary use cases are included in the scope. Deployments that target a single use case are more likely to go into production on schedule.

SIEM for Threat Management

Organizations that are serious in preventing information security attacks on their wide enterprise network need to look for the following features:

  • Real-time monitoring of attacks, preferably participating in detection
  • Collecting, processing, implementing and collaborating on threat intelligence
  • Effectively managing data, events, logs and providing actionable reporting frameworks
  • Providing an incident handling facility
  • Protecting privacy of data collected
  • Leveraging on skills that are required for quality threat correlation
  • Effective and timely implementation of the solution

In order to evaluate SIEM solutions for the purpose of Threat Management, the Basic Threat Management Toolkit provides the features and capabilities needed to assess if Threat Management is a focus area for the SIEM product under evaluation. Organizations with a priority for Threat Management may use this toolkit as a short-listing mechanism for SIEM solutions.


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