The Value of Unifying SIEM Data with your Incident Response Platform

By Alex MacLachlan October 18, 2016 incident-response, security-orchestration-automation-response

Today’s security information and event management systems (SIEM) operate with a more extensive knowledge base than their predecessors, and they are more useful in detecting and logging data than ever before—but they are never more powerful than when they are paired with a unified incident response (IR) platform. According to industry expert and former Gartner senior vice president Steve Durbin, “the technical capabilities and reach of cybercriminals are now equal to those of many governments and organizations. In the next few years, these capabilities will extend far beyond those of their victims. As a result, the ability of current control mechanisms to protect organizations is likely to diminish, exposing them to greater impact.”

To Achieve Cyber Resilience, Integrate SIEM With Unified Incident Response

“2010 was the year the Internet got scary. Get used to it.” – Arik Hesseldahl, Cybersecurity Expert Frost & Sullivan’s recent white paper, The 2015 (ISC)2 Global Information Security Workforce Study, backs up this sentiment with hard data. Authors Michael Suby and Frank Dickson analyzed survey respondent’s business security readiness over the last four years—and concluded that many organizations’ security readiness appears “stuck in neutral,” with “more than half of the survey respondents believ[ing] that their organizations did not improve their positions against their security adversaries.” Remediation time following an incident or data breach has also gotten worse. In 2015, just 20% of survey respondents reported a one-day response time—down from 33% in 2011, with the majority of businesses (43-44%) reporting a two-to-seven-day response time over the three-year period. These numbers aren’t good news for progress when it comes to cybersecurity response in business, indicating that a continuous, coordinated investment in SIEM and incident response is necessary just to keep up with adversaries’ advancements in cybercrime. With increasingly agile cybercriminals at the helm of some of the most sophisticated attacks, SIEM paired with a unified incident response platform provides a complete, comprehensive defense system against even the most advanced, persistent threats. This powerful combination allows IR teams to take an expansive view of incident and threat management with the confidence that they are backed by a powerful unified incident response mechanism to respond, contain, and mitigate threats in real-time, as they develop.

Rapid Validation: Identify and Triage Threats With SIEM Integration

When an organization experiences a cyberattack, the initial effects frequently occur under the radar—often appearing as a collection of minor indicators or a series of seemingly innocuous events. Rarely is an attack so glaring that it causes an IR team to go into immediate crisis mode. Since some organizations experience tens of thousands of IT security events in a single day, effective validation of all threats can be a monumental task for even the most well equipped IR team. A comprehensive SIEM solution makes the identification, validation, and triage of critical threats a much more manageable process. By collecting massive amounts of data in the form of network flows, list logs, external intelligence feeds, and vulnerability data, an SIEM can help your IR team form the security intelligence it needs to focus on the most critical threats and incidents—those that justify an immediate response.

Critical Response: Mitigate and Contain Threats With Unified Incident Response

While your SIEM helps to validate threats for prioritization, your unified incident response platform takes over with the processes of response and remediation. A unified incident response platform streamlines the entire incident response lifecycle from a centralized location and connects playbook intelligence with your response hub to foster contextual awareness and guide data-driven response. A comprehensive unified incident response platform delivers: Incident Action Planning: With comprehensive playbooks guided by the National Institute for Standards and Technology NIST 800-61, your IR team will have access to the latest industry best practices and IR response standards. By standardizing responses, you can ensure that your organization’s standard operating procedures are consistent, reliable, and easily duplicated. Orchestration: With intuitive workflow capabilities, your IR team can collaborate and orchestrate faster, more intelligent responses. Automation: When you automate IT ticketing, quarantining, and intelligence gathering, you free up your IT security professionals to solve critical problems that require hands-on, expert response. Incident Tracking: The incident creation and tracking process is streamlined and transparent, allowing IR teams to confirm that all incidents are logged, tracked, and remediated. Collaboration: Convenient collaboration tools enable departments across the organization to communicate—from legal to IT—to easily define IR roles and expectations. Breach Compliance: Your unified incident response platform includes a knowledge base that is easily integrated, customized, and updated with comprehensive compliance and regulatory requirements. Reporting and Disclosure: Fully customized dashboards offer transparency and visibility that allow IR teams to easily report incident response status across the organization. Dynamic reporting functions help teams meet compliance, reporting, and disclosure requirements. Integration and customization of SIEM with your incident response platform provides faster incident response across the entire organization backed by a powerful knowledge base. True cyber resilience starts with faster threat escalation, correlation, validation, and triage—and culminates with the ability to effectively shut down even the most persistent, dynamic cyberattack.

D3’s Unified Incident Response: Exceptional Cyber Resilience Throughout the IR Lifecycle

D3’s powerful unified incident response platform (IRP) offers factory-integrated collaboration with your SIEM tools to bring security operations and incident response together in one centralized location. Working with SIEMs like ArcSight, Splunk, and IBM’s QRadar, your IRP will draw upon the artifacts and characteristics of cataloged incidents and events to provide a tailored response plan specific to the threat involved. With D3’s centralized response platform, your IR team has access to a comprehensive incident record that incorporates external threat intelligence to allow for rapid response in real-time, as soon new artifacts and indicators are discovered.

D3’s unified incident response platform integrated with your SIEM provides the following cybersecurity benefits:

  • It dramatically reduces the time between detection and resolution. When you streamline your IR threat detection and response process, your security team is better equipped to contain and mitigate damages—before they become catastrophic.
  • It allows for a consistent, calculated response regardless of variances in skillset. By deploying an integrated SIEM with your unified response platform, you’ll have the capability to deliver a comprehensive, quality response no matter which IR team member is at the helm. When staff changes are required, your organization’s incident response tactics remain contained in your centralized response platform so that new IR staff can easily draw upon it for consistent, calculated defense.
  • It allows your incident response team to provide a more effective response throughout the entire incident lifecycle.When traditionally manual tasks—like researching artifacts and migrating threat intelligence from SIEM to IRP—are automated with a unified response platform, incident response security teams can stop acting as administrators. They can refocus their skillsets to hone in on critical threats and concentrate on what they do best: threat detection, intelligence, and response.

As incidents and data breaches become more frequent, cyber resilient organizations that produce comprehensive, informed responses to threats will have a distinct advantage over those that are struggling to keep up—and this tactical advantage directly correlates to improved business value. D3 offers IT incident response teams a tailored IR toolkit to guide data-driven decision-making across the incident lifecycle: from preparation, detection, and analysis to response and remediation. When you integrate your SIEM with D3 Cyber’s unified incident response platform, your organization’s threat detection and response become part of a powerful, collaborative system that empowers your incident response team to utilize a centralized information knowledge base to drive rapid threat validation, escalation, triage, response, and remediation. With D3, incident response becomes standardized and even automated, making your organization more agile and proactive in its response to even the most persistent hackers and the most sophisticated cyberattacks as they continue to advance and evolve.

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Alex MacLachlan

Alex MacLachlan

Alex is the Director of Marketing at D3. He oversees D3's marketing, communications, and digital programs. He enjoys fishing, "checking the analytics", playing golf and watching hockey - in that order.


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