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Stephen Burke

Director, Security Risk Advisors

Learn why traditional security information and event management architectures are burdensome and how a modern security data pipeline can dramatically cut technology costs, allowing you to improve your cyber defences.

In an evolving cyber threat landscape, traditional Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) architectures are becoming inefficient and unsustainable. They consume a significant portion of the security budget, hindering the ability to address other critical gaps in your security program. However, introducing a modern security data pipeline can revolutionise security operations.

The problem: traditional SIEM architecture is dead

The conventional ‘log everything’ strategy is no longer fit for purpose. Logs contain vast amounts of data, requiring ever-increasing cloud storage. Costs associated with retaining this data year over year continue to escalate, consuming a substantial portion of security program budgets. This approach strains financial resources and complicates data management, making it challenging to extract actionable insights.

Modernising the security data pipeline

To address challenges, a modern security data pipeline approach is essential. Not all SIEM logs are created equal. By cleansing and redirecting only critical log data into the SIEM and retaining everything else in a data lake, organisations can significantly reduce costs and improve useability. This approach can cut SIEM costs by as much as 80%, freeing up budget to address gaps that were previously unaffordable.

Moreover, this streamlined data management results in more manageable data sets, enabling several valuable use cases, including:

  • Vulnerability management: Efficiently identify and mitigate vulnerabilities.
  • Threat hunting: Proactively search for threats within the environment.
  • Enriched insight and data analysis through AI: Leverage artificial intelligence to gain deeper insights and improve decision-making.
  • SOAR (security orchestration, automation and response): Owing to more complete logging and enhanced data insights — quicker detection and faster incident response are possible.

Cyber program with benchmarking and resilience assessments

Once a modern dataverse is in place, it is crucial to assess its effectiveness. A threat-driven cyber resilience assessment, benchmarked against peers, ensures that security controls are functioning as expected. These assessments help meet regulatory requirements such as the Digital Operational Resilience Act (DORA) and the European Union Threat Intelligence-Based Ethical Red Teaming (EU TIBER). It also prioritises future activities to strengthen defences and resilience.

By adopting a modern security data pipeline, organisations can reduce costs, enhance visibility and improve overall security posture. Security Risk Advisors is committed to helping organisations in the UK and Ireland navigate this transition, ensuring they are well-equipped to face the challenges of the modern threat landscape.

Source: a commissioned Total Economic Impact™ study conducted by Forrester Consulting on behalf of Security Risk Advisors

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