Blue team, Endpoint/Device Security, Firewalls, Routers, Incident Response, NDR, Managed Services, Patch/Configuration Management, Security Operations, SIEM, Threat Management, Vulnerability Management

Selecting the Right Brain for Your Sensors

Last fall we discussed what security data do I really need to collect and analyze.  We know we don’t need it all, but this was only the sensor part of the discussion.  Now that we have that data identified and those sensors in place, what brain do I need to collect and analyze it?

There are many security incident and event management (SIEM) solutions on the market today, which is the primary security brain for most organizations.  Next generation SIEM products, along with legacy SIEM products, are fighting to be the dominate solution for security operations.  So how do you choose the right product?

We interviewed Patrick Orzechowski, Vice President of Research and Development from deepwatch, on Business Security Weekly to discuss their selection criteria for selecting their brain, Splunk.  We started with some of the key capabilities needed for their offerings, including:

  • Time to value – The ability to quickly install and provide value to their customers
  • Data schema – The ability to centralize data without needing to understand the data model
  • Free text search – The ability to quickly search for data without understanding a query language

Splunk provided these capabilities with various deployment models to support their deployment models – cloud, on-premise, or deepwatch hosted.  Also, by standardizing on a single solution, deepwatch can deliver the following benefits and value for their customers:

  • Economy of scale – By crowd sourcing searches across all of their customers, deepwatch can quickly address new threats
  • Flexibility – With a standard ingest, analytics, and reporting platform, customers can choose any sensor
  • Human advantage – With deepwatch’s squad model, their analysts verify alerts and remove false positives

To get a deeper dive, watch the interview on Business Security Weekly here, watch their on-demand webcast, How to Measure Security Operations Effectiveness, here, or visit for more information.

Matt Alderman

Chief Product Officer at CyberSaint, start-up advisor, and wizard of entrepreneurship.

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