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Security Monitoring Buyer's Guide: How to Choose the Best Solution for Your Company

Posted by Shawn O'Brien on Dec 7, 2015

Choosing between solutions for network security monitoring and other cybersecurity measures means evaluating competing products to determine which will provide the best results for an organization. EiQ's Security Monitoring Buyer's Guide offers recommendations for informed decision-making. The guide addresses three areas: technology, people, and process. It also introduces SOCVue, EiQ's security monitoring service, and offers five important reasons why SOCVue is useful to any organization. We've pulled together a summary of the main points:

Technology: Log Management, Threat Detection, Compliance Reporting

Log management and SIEM are essential technologies for security monitoring. But with multiple vendors selling solutions, what specifically should businesses look for?


The best choice needs to reliably collect and store event and security logs from across an organization's devices, applications, servers, and databases. But for it to be useful, log data must also be turned into actionable security intelligence. A strong solution should also offer advanced threat detection, compliance reporting, and forensic search capabilities. 

People: Continuous Security Monitoring and Reporting

Technology is only helpful when personnel can find and respond to security incidents and compliance violations.


Continuous security monitoring—24 hours a day, 365 days a year—is a basic requirement for the people overseeing an organization's network security. Staff personnel need to be able to configure SIEM correlation rules, investigate security incidents, organize security data for compliance audits, and more. Whether it’s an in-house security team, managed security services, or something else, the security team should be fully qualified to handle threat detection and reporting.

Process: Proactive Performance

Without a proper plan in place, security tools and IT personnel are a waste of resources. The best solution should provide proactive security processes, not merely reactive ones.


Organizations should seek out a security monitoring program that actively identifies and fixes security holes, aligns with recommended best practices (such as the SANS Critical Security Controls for Effective Cyber Defense), and continuously monitors and improves security. By prioritizing crucial security events according to risk level, the right solution will save organizations time and strengthen cybersecurity.

SOCVue Offers SIEM, Log Management SaaS, and More

The Security Monitoring Buyer's Guide gives an overview of SOCVue, EiQ's subscription-based security monitoring service. Among other features, SOCVue includes managed SIEM and log management SaaS, incident notification, and remediation guidance. And the service is much more cost-effective than maintaining an in-house security team. 


SOCVue Portal, the main command center for an organization's information security program, sorts through thousands of events to present a clear picture of the current security posture. By using the Portal, a security team can quickly determine and prioritize security tasks. SOCVue therefore saves time, saves money, improves compliance, strengthens security, and lowers risk.


The process of reviewing a wide range of competing security products can be time-consuming. But the Security Monitoring Buyer's Guide, with its requirements checklist, will help simplify the task and enable you to quickly and efficiently determine what is best for your online systems and networks.


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Tags: Security Monitoring, InfoSec, IT Security

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