Breach detection rides on security analytics

Staff writer
29 Apr 2015

The impact of advanced attacks has reached boardroom-level attention, and this heightened attention to security has freed up funds for many organizations to better their odds against such attacks, according to Gartner.

The research firm said security breaches at major organizations are at an all-time high although security spending is also at an all-time high.

"Breach detection is top of mind for security buyers and the field of security technologies claiming to find breaches or detect advanced attacks is at an all-time noise level," said Eric Ahlm, research director at Gartner.

When it comes to gathering masses of security data that can be analyzed to bring greater meaning to security events, security information and event management (SIEM) technologies are topping the list of likely solutions. How well a SIEM product can perform automated analytics — compared with user queries and rules — has become an area of differentiation among SIEM providers.

Also, user behavior analytics (UBA) is already gaining buyer attention as it allows user activity to be analyzed, much in the same way a fraud detection system would monitor a user's credit cards for theft.

As security analytics platforms grow in maturity and accuracy, a driving factor for their innovation is how much data can be brought into the analysis. However, the amount of context that can be brought into an analysis is truly boundless and presents an opportunity for owners of interesting data and the security providers looking to increase their effectiveness.

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