Can a Cognitive-Powered Security Intelligence Platform Bring Your SOC Up to Speed?

A security intelligence platform goes beyond what a traditional security information and event management (SIEM) tool does. The systems and sensors in your environment report everything from application logs and endpoint alerts to full network packet inspections.

It is also where your intelligence feeds and infrastructure configuration converge to be processed as additional context. The security intelligence platform can digest this information in real time, perform advanced analytics, present prioritized, actionable information and provide both automated and manual guidance to help security analysts remediate incidents.

SOC Resources Wear Thin

A security intelligence platform is the central component of the security immune system. Like the human body, it can sense when an intruder has infiltrated the network and employ various tactics to flush out the threat.

As versatile as this technology is, however, it is not enough on its own to help overworked and understaffed security teams stay on top of security risks. According to IBM research, enterprise security operations centers (SOCs) receive an estimated 200,000 pieces of security event data per day. Only a tiny portion of those events requires immediate and urgent action — but when they lack context, security analysts must treat these alerts equally.

This is a significant problem given the ongoing cybersecurity skills shortage. With so much threat data coming in, analysts need to be able to fill gaps in intelligence and act on security incidents with speed and accuracy. That’s where cognitive security comes into play.

A Security Intelligence Platform Powered by Cognitive Insight

The best way to proactively prevent a security incident is to quickly build the associated attack kill chain from the events and flows gathered during the investigation phase and break it as early as possible. Security teams need cognitive capabilities to qualify, triage and analyze these incidents and provide additional data that is relevant to the investigation.

To extract insights from this external structured and unstructured data, security teams must leverage a wide variety of sources, such as documented software vulnerabilities, research papers, security blogs and threat intelligence feeds.

That is exactly what a cognitive-powered security intelligence platform does. It helps analysts quickly interpret this unstructured data and integrate it with structured data from countless sources. Armed with this collective knowledge and instinct, analysts can respond to threats with unprecedented speed and accuracy and maximize the effectiveness of the security immune system approach.

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Jean-Luc Labbé

Security Channels Business Development Leader, IBM

Jean-Luc Labbé has about 20 years of experience in security. He has held different positions at IBM Security, Q1 Labs, ArcSight, VeriSign and RSA Security to name a few. He currently provides technical leadership to the IBM Security Business Partners ecosystem in Europe.