SIEM for SMEs: Five Myths Debunked

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Security information and event management or SIEM is an essential part of any company – large and small – when it comes to their security posture. However, there are a lot of SIEM myths preventing companies to get such a product.

A good SIEM product would scan all the systems critical to your business, checking for anomalies and flagging security risks and threats. Usually, a SIEM system leverages automation, such as pre-defined rules, machine learning, and AI, to correlate data better and faster.

Many people, however, ask the question “is SIEM suitable for my organization?”. There’s is a common misconception that the SIEM systems are just not suitable for small and medium enterprises (SMEs).

Why is the SIEM important to have?

“It gives you full visibility – a SIEM system allows you to know what’s happening, to analyze and inspect all logs and events. It also allows you not just to see the threats – but also to detect these threats based on anomalious activity. And last but not least, it sets you up on the way to regulatory compliance”Bozhidar Bozhanov, CEO of LogSentinel.

Why do SMEs Often Believe They Don’t Need a SIEM?

The price, the complexity, and the hard-to-get value made SIEM a luxurious security software, which is suitable only for the big corporations with large security teams and budgets.

While these statements used to be correct years ago, they are no longer the case. Because the problems that SIEM solves, related to reducing cyber risk, preventing insider threats, covering compliance requirements–  are all problems that SME/mid-market organizations have as well.

The Five SIEM Myths Debunked

With the flexibility that NextGen SIEMs provide, many of the SME’s concerns are practically eliminated. To help companies take an informative decision about SIEM, we debunked 5 of the most popular SIEM myths, that SME businesses used to believe in:

#1 “It’s too expensive, an SME cannot afford it.”

#2 “SIEM requires a large security team.”

#3 “The integration of a SIEM is complicated.”

#4 “Setting up correlation rules is complex and time-consuming.”

#5 “SIEM is only needed when having complex IT infrastructure.”

If you are interested to find out more about NextGen SIEMs, and why are they important for improving the SME’s security posture, download the free ebook SIEM for SMEs: Five Myths Debunked:


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