A guide to SIEM platforms, benefits and features

Last updated:December 2018

Buyer's Guide

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A security information and event management system primarily centralizes logging capabilities for security events for enterprises and analyzes and reports on the log entries received.

The analysis capabilities of security information and event management system (SIEM) platforms can detect attacks and security threats not discovered through other methods. Upon detecting a security breach, the platform can direct the reconfiguration of other enterprise security controls to plug holes in enterprise security. Some of the top SIEM products -- assuming an attack is still in progress -- can even stop discovered security breaches and generate an incident response

In addition to identifying previously undetected incidents and improving the efficiency of incident handling, the primary reason to implement a SIEM platform is to streamline compliance reporting. The latter is made possible by SIEM systems' robust centralized logging and customizable reporting capabilities. Most SIEM products also have built-in support for the most common compliance efforts, such as those related to HIPAA, the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard and the Sarbanes-Oxley Act.

In this buyer's guide, readers will learn which of the top SIEM platforms are best for their organization, as well as the use cases and ways SIEM systems can boost security management and compliance efforts. It also lays out what enterprises need to know before making an investment in a SIEM platform and presents direct SIEM system comparisons and product overviews of some of the top SIEM tools on the market today.

1An introduction to SIEM and the top SIEM product features

This examination of the top SIEM products and tools explains why they are crucial for enterprise security. This feature looks at the specific value proposition and features of SIEM systems for enterprise customers.

2The business case for SIEM products

Discover the use cases and ways that SIEM technology can boost enterprise security. This article offers specific scenarios in which SIEM systems can be beneficial to enterprise customers during security threats and security breaches.

3Implementing the correct SIEM products

It's important to ask several questions before making a purchasing decision for a SIEM system. Consider the following criteria and steps as part of any evaluation when looking to find the top SIEM products for your organization's needs.

4The top SIEM products compared

What makes a particular SIEM system right for specific enterprises and their networks? Here are SIEM system comparisons for the top product vendors. Review the pros and cons of their SIEM tools to help you decide which could be right for your organization.

5Market-leading SIEM products profiled and explained

Security information and event management systems are essential for monitoring and protecting enterprise networks. Here's a look at some of the top SIEM products in the industry.