There are a lot of tools at the disposal of cybersecurity and IT professionals to help businesses detect and monitor anomalies within their IT environments. The area of tool coverage is vast, and includes capabilities for network activity, email messages, and endpoints, network perimeter, and even cloud security. There are even tools for monitoring, alerting, and threat detection across any ecosystem. While these tools generate a ton of useful data, managing them and trying to connect the dots to understand the storyline behind a potential anomaly requires in depth technical and contextual knowledge about what they mean and how they are connected. One data set alone may not provide much value but combining the data with threat intelligence and correlating anomalies helps businesses to see the big picture of a security incident without spending hours trying to connect the dots. This is what the industry defines as cybersecurity analytics.
Here’s what organizations need to know about cybersecurity analytics, the tools that generate them, and how they can lead to smart decisions.
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What are cybersecurity analytics
Cybersecurity analytics, also known as cyber analytics or security analytics, are the real-time and historical data generated by the IT environment from security tools, databases, and endpoints that are used to detect threats. Pairing cyber analytics with data science and machine learning allows for aggregating data to collect evidence, build timelines, and analyze capabilities. This allows end-users to perform and design proactive security strategies to detect, analyze, and mitigate threats. Traditional security information and event management only measures security analytics in the past tense, but new cybersecurity analytics tools offer a proactive approach that can be used to stop threats before they can cause damage.
How are cybersecurity analytics collected?
Why are security analytics important?
Move from protection to detection
Unified visibility of current environment
Prove and improve the ROI of security tools
Show value to the C-Suite and Board
Cybersecurity analytics tools
What can cybersecurity analytics tell you?
Tristin Zeman is the Digital Marketing Manager at Foresite. For the past 10 years, she has helped organizations of all sizes create and scale marketing programs through digital and traditional marketing channels and efficient marketing operations.