Six Things You Always Wanted to Know about Security Intelligence but Were Afraid to Ask

August 1, 2011
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Six Things You Always Wanted to Know About Security Intelligence but Were Afraid to Ask

As with many things in life – history, politics, even Google – there are often questions we want to ask, which for different reasons we never get a chance to do so.  Security Intelligence is no exception, stimulating a range of questions that beg to be answered today.

In this multi-post series, we will look at the most common questions surrounding Security Intelligence.  This emerging marketplace in IT security integrates and extends familiar solution categories such as log management, security information and event management (SIEM), network behavior anomaly detection (NBAD), risk and compliance management, and network forensics.

What distinguishes Security Intelligence from these point capabilities is a holistic approach to viewing and managing the security and risk posture of an organization.  Not just after an exploit, but also before an exploit occurs.  Not just a partial view of network activity, but complete 360-degree visibility of structured and unstructured data, what we have called Security Intelligence with Big Data.  And not just a means to record massive amounts of data, but a means to gain critical insight and take proactive measures based on it.

2014 Gartner Magic Quadrant for SIEM

With security breaches and insider fraud rampant, it’s no surprise that security is among the greatest concerns for government bodies,  IT teams, and business executives today.  And for good reason:  not only are the threats more varied than ever, but the intent of today’s threats has changed – from targets of opportunity to targets of choice.  This means there is nowhere to hide, if – or should I say when – your organization gets hacked.

In this blog series, we will provide clear answers to practical questions about Security Intelligence:

  1. What is Security Intelligence and why does it matter today?
  2. How do next-generation Security Intelligence solutions differ from first-generation point products?
  3. How much staffing and expertise do I need to use Security Intelligence solutions?
  4. What benefits do organizations achieve from Security Intelligence deployments?
  5. How quickly do organizations realize ROI on their Security Intelligence deployments?
  6. What practical steps can I take to get started with Security Intelligence?

This series will give you direct answers to cut through the noise, and real-world customer examples that show what people are doing today to enhance their security posture and exceed compliance requirements.

Join us regularly in this tour, and don’t be afraid to ask additional questions that you always wanted to know about Security Intelligence!

John Burnham
Director, Strategic Communications, IBM Security

As Director of Strategic Communications for IBM’s new Security Systems Division, John Burnham has management and execution responsbility for the division...
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