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Moving Beyond the SIEM

In today’s technological landscape, where complex data networks are fundamental to business, advanced persistent threats are a nagging concern for organizations of all sizes.

In an effort to combat these threats, even smaller companies have taken steps toward a more proactive cyber defense, utilizing security information event managers (SIEMs) that allow for a centralized view of security data across systems.

But for many security teams, these SIEMs create a whole new problem.

The abundance of alerts, vulnerability reports and threat intelligence these systems produce can be unwieldy, and security professionals often find themselves overloaded with information to analyze. Even though the important details are coming across, it’s difficult to translate them into actionable items. And critical knowledge gets lost in the noise.

To become the tactical resource that organizations need, a SIEM need some assistance. Alerts and intelligence updates need context within the specific tech infrastructure, and security personnel need a way to quickly and easily correlate information to critical components within the system.

This is the role of a knowledge management solution. Connecting with a SIEMs, knowledge management tools close the gap between information and action by automating components of analysis, indexing and grouping reports and providing a platform for professionals to find, evaluate and share reports.

Increasingly, companies are discovering the fundamental value of knowledge management platforms for making effective use of their monitoring and intelligence resources. By moving away from reactive security approaches that don’t address today’s security challenges, companies are realizing a greater return on their often substantial investments in intelligence tools.

Yet not all knowledge management solutions are created the same, and there are a few differentiation points that you should consider when evaluating a tool. Here are three of the most critical capabilities to look for:

  1. Intelligence engine: To create actionable reports from collected data, a knowledge management system needs thorough, continuously updated intelligence and tools for correlating that information to your systems.
  2. Intuitive interface: The ability to navigate through information and organize it with minimal effort is extremely important in a knowledge management system. The progression from finding a record to classifying it should be very simple.
  3. Low maintenance: As with any application intended to save time, you don’t want to expend a lot of effort to get it to function or to keep it running. Tools should be able to integrate with your authentication system and require little additional configuration.

Ground Station, Lunarline’s management tool is powered by world class intelligence through iSIGHT Partners. It offers the depth of an enterprise application in a platform that’s as simple to use as a consumer app, and it’s made for ease of set up right out of the box.

For more information on Ground Station, as well as Lunarline’s other security solutions and products, visit Lunarline.com or contact us today.

About Spence Witten

Spence has somehow survived ten years at start-ups and small businesses without suffering a (major) nervous breakdown. As Lunarline's Director of Federal Sales, Spence actually loves working on proposals. If there were any doubt, this is proof that he is in fact certifiably insane. While his title says "Sales" Lunarline doesn't let him off that easy. We make him do real work, too. Luckily he's a recognized subject matter expert in security policy and loves helping clients navigate their way around tricky security compliance standards. He's also been known to lead a software development initiative or two, though that pretty much always ends poorly for everyone involved. He can be reached at spence.witten@lunarline.com.