In today’s world, maintaining a secure computer network is a daunting task. Between navigating credit card company compromises and avoiding what seems like a steady leak of user data from supposed “secure” systems, this task has become even more difficult for small businesses. The days of installing an antivirus software and resting assured are long gone. In order to stay abreast of the potential onslaught of security breaches, companies now must have a diverse suite of security products within their networks in order to trust that their data is protected.
How does a company know what security products are worth their while? A good place to start is ensuring that all company devices have an antivirus software installed and regularly updated. Then you should add a firewall with content filtering, and with that a spam filter for your email traffic… did I lose you yet? It is very easy to see that unless you are a network security specialist, the amount of security solutions that have become available to consumers is overwhelming and can make it difficult to implement a single one.
Large companies have the benefit of budgets that accommodate entire network security teams (known as Security Operations Centers, or SOCs), with the sole task of monitoring security devices and software for potential breaches or network security events. They provide the most valuable service a security product can offer – human insight. SOCs handle Security Information and Event Management (or SIEM) tasks, where they monitor and identify any questionable incident patterns or events generated by the aforementioned security solutions. SIEM services include unify all security solutions within a network, providing an additional filter when vetting numerous potential security notices. From this, SOCs can provide meaningful actionable items that network administrators can remediate.
For smaller companies, it is difficult to justify the cost of a dedicated technician to support their IT infrastructure, let alone an entire team of technicians dedicated to security. So, how is a small to mid-sized business supposed to maintain a secure IT network? With the steps that internet evildoers are making to compromise data, security specialists are right behind them stride-for-stride, now providing outsourced services to companies of all sizes. Outsourced SIEM solutions are companies dedicated to monitoring all aspects pertaining to security systems within a network, large or small. Outsourced SIEMs work like any other vendor, but provide prompt notification to network administrators in the event of a security anomaly, just like a dedicated SOC.
With the advances made in enterprise security solutions, affordable SIEM solutions are a highly anticipated addition to the network security market. While the days of anti-virus software being the single security solution in a network are gone, we now have the benefit of being in a time that brings diverse security solutions to the masses. Creating a secure and efficient IT network has always been a difficult task, but now, even small IT networks can benefit from diverse and effective security services.