SIEM Tools: Which Vendors Should Be on Your List?

Whether your organization is ready to deploy its first security information and event management (SIEM) solution or you’re looking to upgrade to a modern, next-gen SIEM, the number and types of tools available in the market can be overwhelming. This post will help you choose the right vendor and best SIEM tools for your business needs.

SIEM tools have been available for about 15 years, but like most technologies, there has been a great deal of evolution and innovation over that time. That’s good because there certainly has been constant evolution and innovation by cyberthreat actors and the tools they use to compromise systems, steal or destroy data, or hold it for ransom.

The new Buyer’s Guide to Next-Gen SIEM takes an in-depth look at four top SIEM vendors to explain three key concepts:

  • How to distinguish a next-gen SIEM from its older, less sophisticated predecessors
  • How to recognize the signs that it’s time to move toward a next-gen SIEM
  • How to compare and evaluate next-gen SIEM solutions to choose the correct one for your needs

The guide compares four SIEM vendors — Splunk, Microsoft Azure Sentinel, Google Chronicle, and Devo — and provides a SIEM tools comparison:

  • Although Splunk has a rich feature set, it is essentially a legacy SIEM designed for on-premises deployment. It’s not optimized for the cloud, and its pricing model is complicated and expensive.
  • Microsoft Sentinel is a true next-gen SIEM, but it’s most suitable for organizations with predominantly Microsoft technology stacks. This narrow focus makes it a solid niche player, but it will not work for many of today’s large, multi-cloud enterprises.
  • Google Chronicle is cloud-native, but capabilities such as case management and IR must be obtained from other products, making integration and overall usability a complex process.
  • Devo is not only a true next-gen SIEM, but it also offers the flexibility required by large enterprise accounts with multiple technology stacks across multiple cloud providers.

Devo — The Next-Gen SIEM Worth a Closer Look

Devo’s ability to ingest data raw, with no indexing, makes it an ideal solution for organizations with rapidly changing technologies. And its ability to scale out to terabytes of ingestion a day while offering 400 days of always-hot searchable storage makes it an ideal fit for very large organizations with long-term data needs. Finally, Devo’s simple, all-inclusive pricing model makes understanding and predicting costs easy — now and in the future.

Devo makes SOC analysts more effective in many ways. SOC teams can take advantage of those 400 days of data to easily go back and conduct investigations to see the first occurrence of a threat in the environment. Since data is immediately searchable as soon as it hits the platform, there are no delays between when something happens and when you can alert or search on it. Devo’s lightning-fast query performance makes query times shorter and investigations much faster. And Devo offers many enrichment capabilities to add context to your data, automating many investigation tasks for analysts so they can reach the right answer faster.

The Importance of Threat Intelligence Integration

SIEM tools don’t operate in a vacuum. A next-gen SIEM must be able to enrich your log data with data from other sources to add context that accelerates the ability of analysts to make decisions. When evaluating SIEMs, choose one with many options for enriching log data from other sources. Think about how you’d like to enrich your log and security data with other data sources and make sure the next-gen SIEM you choose supports as many of these as possible.

Devo comes integrated with the MISP threat intelligence storage platform. This is operational on day one and doesn’t require any manual setup, scripting or coding. Other threat intelligence platform integrations, including Recorded Future, also are available. Devo also has an incredibly flexible capability for other types of enrichment. You can load any type of data into a table and create a lookup that enriches data in one table from data in another. This robust ability to enrich data in any table from any source includes the ability to add business-specific context to the raw log data collected.

Neither Splunk nor Microsoft Sentinel offers out-of-the-box integration with threat intelligence tools.

Narrow Your Short List to the Right Choice

After investigating and comparing the top SIEM tools and vendors on your list, you’re ready to learn how Devo Security Operations, our next-gen SIEM, can transform your SOC and empower your analysts to defend your organization and its data against ever-increasing threats.

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