Rapid digital transformation, adoption of machine learning, and AI tools present more complex cybersecurity challenges every day. These include the recent wave of ransomware attacks to the ubiquitous impact of a compromised provider of widely adopted network management systems. The business leaders, executives, and government recognize that cybersecurity is not just a business priority but a national security priority.
Even if you have a dedicated security team, they may be overwhelmed with analyzing and managing huge amounts of data and events from disparate systems and cloud environments. Your team may be analyzing data from Firewall, IPS (Intrusion Prevention System), AD (Active Directory), and various other sources. Some organizations use advanced tools like log aggregators, automatic event correlations, or devices for monitoring data from the cloud. All these systems have different user interfaces and log structures to compound the problem. Each of these tools requires managing, handholding, and paying for the respective services. For most of the log collectors and analyzer tools these days, either you may be paying for the storage or for the events count. Furthermore, soon you will realize as you are trying to solve cybersecurity challenges, you are also getting involved in data management and integration efforts.
To sum them up, this presents three challenges –
Security: Potentially missing cyber threats and taking too long to respond is every organization’s most prominent concert.
Cost: You are paying for each tool separately. The more IT assets you have and the more people use them, and they generate more logs exponentially.
Time: Integration among those systems is challenging even if they have proprietary APIs available since each source has its own data format. This creates complexity for the already a complex job of maintaining cybersecurity.
If your valuable resources are focused on the day-to-day of managing your IT infrastructure and data from various sources, chances are they aren’t focused on higher-value activities that drive business growth.