How to choose the right SIEM software for your company

  • a data collection and reporting system
  • an event correlator based on an analytical platform which indicates a security issue

Capabilities to consider when choosing a SIEM solution

This section presents an overview of the capabilities you should consider when choosing a SIEM solution:

  • interactively explore historical log data with simplicity and ease
  • isolate the root cause of a threat, breach, failure or any non-compliant activity
  • perform event forensics to determine what really happened before, during and after an event
  • track log activity over time and view suspicious events in context

Automated threat response

Incident response is the ability of SIEM software to respond to a detected security threat and contain or halt it with automated response actions. The application of incident response has expanded beyond security to cover IT troubleshooting and issue remediation for efficient IT administration.

  • mitigate emerging security threats with automated active response
  • remediate operational IT issues with pre-programmed corrective actions
  • respond to policy violations and non-compliant activities with built-in correlation rules
  • counter situations like insecure network connections, system settings and policies, and unauthorized network and user access, USB device misuse, etc.

Compliance regulations and reporting

Satisfying compliance reporting requirements is a key aspect of SIEM. With out-of-the-box reporting templates and the power of customization and report scheduling, SIEM software becomes an integral part of IT security architecture.

  • detailed reports of non-compliant activities and policy violations in the network
  • historical per-system, per-user-based and per-network event data for compliance auditing
  • Information about threat response and mitigation measures taken to contain or halt attacks


Seeing your data and threat assessments as graphs will greatly improve how your security team functions. These features are increasingly offered as standard in SIEM software, either as an integrated function or provided by a third party add-on.


It’s also important to consider the aspect of scalability when choosing a SIEM solution. Bringing new data into your data systems is always a challenge — concerns about capacity, response time and cost are always a push back to growth. Thus, you should choose a scalable SIEM solution that can grow with your organization.



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