Securing your infrastructure can be difficult if you don’t have the right tools and strategies. This blog will explain how to augment your Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) solution to provide complete visibility into your company’s cyber-attack surface. This will allow you to identify the vulnerable areas to attack, patch vulnerabilities, and mitigate threats before they occur.
Follow the Basics
As SIEM cybersecurity is constantly evolving, it’s important to stay up-to-date on today’s trends. An excellent place to start is by following frameworks and guidelines put forth by top information security vendors. For example, Cisco offers a Security Operations Center (SOC) framework that outlines best practices for managing an enterprise SOC.
Add a Sensor Before You Experience a Breach
Today, most organizations use a detect and respond model for cybersecurity. Unfortunately, they wait until a breach happens before adding additional security measures. Instead of doing things in reverse, you should be thinking about how you can prevent attacks from happening in the first place. One way to do so is by using ConnectWise security management sensors before a breach occurs.
Use Alerts in Different Ways
Most organizations have one SIEM cybersecurity system that collects log data from security systems. However, it’s challenging to isolate actual events from benign activity with so much data. One way to reduce false positives is by using more than one alert type in your SIEM. For example, you can set up rules that send an email when an event occurs or send a text message when a critical event appears.
Integrate With Other Security Tools
A Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) tool can help you catch many attacks and cyberattacks. However, it is not sufficient as one part of an overall defense strategy. Therefore, you need to integrate your SIEM with other security tools to get complete visibility into your infrastructure.
Monitor Internal Threats
When monitoring external threats, it’s easy to forget about internal ones. Make sure you don’t overlook them. There are probably several ways people within your organization could be jeopardizing your company and its data.
Stay On Top of Industry Trends
New threats and breaches seem to pop up every week in today’s cybersecurity industry. It can be challenging to keep up with these changes and understand how they might affect your organization. For example, are employees using unapproved cloud storage? Are they storing sensitive information on their own devices? Also are they sharing passwords or third parties? Are they connecting insecure IoT devices to your network? You should be able to answer all of these questions.
Automate Your Processes
This can free up analysts from repetitive tasks and allow them to focus on more important things. Be sure you’re choosing tools that fit your existing infrastructure, though, or you might get into trouble. Also, not all SIEMs support automation right out of the box. You may need to go through extra steps to take advantage of these features.
Update Rules and Thresholds Regularly
One of the biggest mistakes that companies make is assuming that, because they have a security information and event management (SIEM) solution installed, it’s also doing its cybersecurity job. The truth is that SIEM systems are only as good as their rulesets, which means you need to update them regularly.
You’ve got a handle on how your SIEM works, and now it’s time to get started with augmenting your cybersecurity infrastructure. The best way to start is by making sure you have complete visibility into your entire network, including its components and relationships.