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How to Bolster Your IT Security Program

Posted by Security Steve on Feb 23, 2016

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With today’s elevated security threat level and related economic impact, it makes sense to do everything you can to secure your organization’s servers, desktops, and devices. How do you keep the bad guys out while securing and enabling day-to-day business? Many companies use SIEM tools for threat detection, compliance, and asset protection. I’d like to suggest a couple of additional layers of security.

 

An effective security program is a balance of people, process, and technology. When evaluating an IT security monitoring solution, it is important to consider each of these areas in the decision-making process. Your organization also needs to determine which areas should be handled internally and which should be co-managed with a trusted partner. Let’s take a look at each:

 

Technology

Security monitoring usually involves the deployment of a Log Management & SIEM solution. This technology has been incrementally improving for more than 10 years and has settled into a stable market with a handful of vendors advertising similar features. The critical question is how your organization will get value out of the technology. Consider your use cases and objectives when evaluating a feature list or data sheet. These use cases are most commonly related to threat detection, security operations, and compliance.

People

Unfortunately, some SIEM products have gained a reputation for being difficult to manage and slow to deliver valuable insights. It is important to consider the personnel skills and time required to manage and tune the collection policies, correlation rules, and reporting. Effective security and compliance also requires a commitment to 24x7 monitoring and incident response. Whether your organization chooses to use in-house resources, outsource to an MSSP, or use a continuous monitoring service such as EiQ’s SOCVue®, be sure to evaluate the team that will be detecting and responding to incidents and compliance violations.

Process

A final consideration is the set of processes that will be put in place as part of your security program. Installing a security product or hiring a service provider without having a well-thought-out plan is a sure way to squander resources. Security monitoring should be more than just a reactive firefighting exercise. Look for a solution that uses industry best practices to proactively improve your organization’s security and compliance posture.

 

For organizations looking to bolster their IT security posture, managed services such as EiQ’s SOCVue Security Monitoring and Vulnerability Management services, can be an excellent solution. EiQ’s SOCVue provides the people, process, and technology for an effective security program. SOCVue provides the flexibility and cost savings of a SaaS offering, but unlike do-it-yourself products, also provides expert security analysts to manage the solution and industrial-strength processes to implement security best practices. Acting as an extension of our customers’ IT teams, EiQ provides continuous security operations based on best-of-breed technology at a fraction of the cost of alternative solutions. EiQ is a trusted advisor to organizations that need to improve their IT security and compliance posture and protect against cyber threats and vulnerabilities.

 

More and more, organizations who were previously understaffed, underbudgeted, and overwhelmed are finding that EiQ’s hybrid SaaS security services that combine the best people, process, and technology are a welcome change from going it alone. EiQ is transforming how mid-market organizations build enterprise-class security programs. Acting as an extension of our customers’ IT teams, EiQ’s SOCVue provides continuous security operations based on best-of-breed technology at a fraction of the cost of alternative solutions. EiQ is a trusted advisor to organizations that need to improve their IT security and compliance posture by protecting their infrastructure against cyber threats and vulnerabilities. To learn more, please request a demo today!

 

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For more information, about EiQ’s SOCVue services, visit: https://www.cygilant.com/hybrid-saas/overview.

Tags: Security Monitoring, SOCVue, Cybersecurity, SIEM, Log Management, InfoSec, IT Security

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