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Confessions of an Information Security Engineer

By kevinflanagan

May 20, 2021

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Here’s the story of an information security engineer whose organization urgently needed new security log management stack that would enable him and his peers to not only survive but really thrive.

In this Log’s Honest Truth podcast, presented in partnership with ITSP Magazine, Julian Waits, GM of the Devo cyber business unit & public sector, discusses the confessions of “Mr. B,” an information security engineer. Mr. B’s face and voice are disguised, but his frustrations come through quite clearly.

Listen to the podcast.

Mr. B faced three primary challenges in his work:

  1. Dealing with legacy SIEMs that fail to create an environment that actually works for the business not against it.
  2. Issues around deployment and maintenance. He got T-shirts and swag, but not the help he needed from his previous vendor.
  3. Finding a SIEM that could connect the dots between the logs, the security team’s inherent creativity, and the company’s security objectives.

To meet challenges like those that plagued Mr. B and his organization, security professionals must set aside decades-old mindsets for how data is collected, stored, analyzed and presented. Instead, they need a solution that can provide the insights required to make decisions immediately.

If the time and cost of maintaining the security program and the increasing collection of logs outweighs the decision-making results, something in the organization’s security posture is not correct.

Perhaps, as with Mr. B’s organization, it’s time to re-evaluate, and replace, a traditional log database for something that allows more data, more clarity, and more confidence. That’s exactly what Devo provides to our customers.

Check out the Log’s Honest Truth section of our website to see all the confessions in the campaign.

More Data. More Clarity. More Confidence.