Schneider Electric has had great success managing its security data. Today’s columnist, Patrick Kelley of Axonius, offers insight into how better data management can help companies improve security investigations. chmee2 CreativeCommons (Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0)

Security operations teams rely on asset inventory to access specific types of information needed for investigations. To build an asset inventory that’s complete, fully contextual, unique, credible and current, they need a diverse set of data sources.

These data sources can include tools such as endpoint detection and response, endpoint management, mobile device management, identity and cloud tools. They can also include directory services, network routers, switches and firewalls, and other infrastructure tools. They each offer different information about assets. Security pros must connect to these data sources, extract and correlate relevant data, deduplicate the different assets, and then aggregate all the information to get a complete view of an individual asset.

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