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Managed SIEM Provider: Evaluation and Prices

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A Managed SIEM (SIEMaaS, MSIEM, SOCaaS, MSSP) can provide companies with various levels of security services, including: monitoring (threat hunting), vulnerability scanning, reporting, alerting, root cause analysis, data encrichment and intelligence providing context about security incidents, recommendations for containment and remediation steps, perform actual remediation on behalf customer, SIEM tuning and other related security services needed to augment deficiencies in expertise and staffing. Managed SIEM prices vary based on the volume of events per second (EPS) and the required level of services from the SIEM as a Service provider. To compare apples to apples, be sure to request a detailed SOW and clear SLA. Outsourcing SIEM management and other security services can significantly improve a company’s security posture, minimize risks and lower ongoing operating costs. Security companies typically have much better training and resources for security engineers and analysts than most companies can afford to pay for the level of monitoring required to maintain a secure environment.
 
Contact us for Managed SIEM as a Service pricing for QRadar, AlienVault, Splunk or Exabeam, and view demo of how an advanced SOC implementation can minimize the risks and threats in your environment.
 
Is your SIEM always crying wolf? Are large number of false positives causing alert fatigue and overwhelming operators with unimportant alarms? Alert fatigue causes poor response times and prevents security engineers from responding to real security threats quickly. SIEMs with an over whelming number of alerts actually cause critical alerts to get missed. If SIEM alerts are not consistently triggering on actionable security threats, it means something is awry with the SIEM rules, event logs or both. Most SIEMs are still configured with default settings for Device Support Modules (DSMs), using regular expressions to extract and parse only a portion of the available data from the raw data, meaning they are not converting some of the most critical data from needed to identify and analyze threats. Furthermore, most SIEM DSMs will not parse the additional layers of the event logs using defaults, which is needed to create meaningful alerts minimize false positives. Most SIEMs are also missing critical log sources that provide necessary context to identify threats, which is another key reason why security threats get missed.
 
Our Managed SIEM as a Service will ensure no important log source gets missed, all critical data from the raw logs gets extracted and parsed correctly, and logs are enriched with security AI from external threat feeds to build automated and accurate alerts, policies and reports. Our security engineers have designed hundreds of custom parsers and rules that extract and analyze all useful information needed from your raw log sources that ensure anomalous behavior is identified with minimal false positives. Our vast experience with managing SIEMs has enabled us to leverage a massive amount automation and precision, allowing us to manage very large volumes of events per second (EPS), while ensuring reliability and minimal incident response times. Our SIEMaaS and SOCaaS offerings can integrate with almost any third-party tool using HTTPS restful APIs, or we will create a custom solution to forward the log source.
 
Finding the right SIEMaaS, SOCaaS, MSSP or MSIEM service provider requires evaluating a number of factors. Assuming the providers your company is considering are experts in security, the provider’s engineers should have experience with the security technology they will be monitoring and managing. Our fully managed SIEM, SOC and Security as a Service (SECaaS) offerings are defined by customer requirements, not by rigid take it or leave it sales templates. Not many SIEMaaS providers will manage another company’s SIEM. We are able to managed your SIEM on your company premise’s, in the cloud or at another company’s hosting facility. Our SIEM and SOC operators are experts on managing QRadar, AlienVault, Splunk and Exabeam. Our SIEM operators abide by and follow customer’s escalation procedures and alerting hierarchy. We provide 24x7x365 follow-the-sun service and customer support, and able to support remote branches in any country. We have no outsourced employees (all speak English natively).
 
Our QRadar, AlienVault, Splunk or Exabeam Managed SIEM and SOC offerings include event log normalization, analyzing and identifying true threats (threat hunting), responding to security incidents, creating reliable alerts, applying company business rules, creating custom dashboards, tuning SIEM (resolving false alerts), delivering actionable security intelligence, providing recommendations and steps for remediation. Weekly and biweekly meetings and reports are provided for service assurance, performance, change management, incident management, configuration management, release management and general system health.
 
Companies that leave firewalls, IDS, IPS and other security defenses idle, and not proactively applying patches and updates are vulnerable to a plethora of threats and attacks. The fact that most hackers know a lot more about a company’s security defenses and vulnerabilities makes this scenario even more scary. Hackers are usually pretty patient and persistent. They only need to find one way in, which is why it is critical to keep up with the latest vulnerabilities, attacks and implement rules to prevent them. Our SIEM and SOC maintains a detailed up to date security AI database from a large consortium of reputable and verified threat intelligence feeds, IOCs and from our own customer environments. Our security administrators use all this security intelligence to build and maintain a best in class SOC that can analyze, uncover and remediate zero-day security breaches quickly.
 
Our security engineers and analysts are proficient on the most commonly used and best of breed security products on the market. Additional services can include Threat and Anomaly Detection, Managed Firewall, Endpoint Protection, Cloud Application Security, Email Security, Identity and Access Management, Access Controls, Vulnerability Management, Data Loss Prevention, DDoS Mitigation, vulnerability and threat remediation and forensic analysis. Companies with strict compliance requirements may prefer to offload all SIEM, SOC and security tasks, and let the experts take total control to reduce risks. Some companies simply want to concentrate on core business functions and reduce unnecessary operating costs. Other companies may simply need to fill in a few gaps in expertise or during non-working business hours, in which our security staff will work alongside a customer’s engineers and co-manage security according to a pre-defined structure.
 
Our comprehensive list of security expertise and knowledge will allow your company to put complete faith our resources to protect your entire infrastructure, including configuration changes for incident response and remediation. Please contact us for a custom Managed Security Service SOW that addresses your company’s specific needs. Our extensive security credentials will help minimize risks for compliance and minimize ongoing operating expenses, regardless of where your company branches and sites are located.
 
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Fully Managed SIEM: SIEMaaS, SECaaS, SOCaaS

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Is your SIEM the magic bullet? Many companies are finding their SIEM implementations have provided little return on investment and have not strengthened their security posture to any great degree. Purchasing the best SIEM, Managed SIEM or security tools on the market will not magically identify vulnerabilities, make an infrastructure more secure. Every SIEM requires proper implementation and ongoing tuning services to keep up with the constant changing landscape of threats, vulnerabilities and a customer’s own environment. Like any security product, every SIEM requires an experienced technician to configure it correctly, and enough staff must be trained to keep up with the volume of threats and alerts. The number of false positives and lack of discernable actionable alerts (false positives) a SIEM produces, is a direct result of the implementation, alert maintenance and tuning.
 
Security threats are escalating in sophistication, volume and severity at a rate most companies cannot keep up with. Millions of new threats are discovered each day and requires a dedicated security team to monitor and manage. An experienced SOC team knows to keep a log of all these security events from threat intelligence feeds, so rules can trigger accurate alerts based on current and past content. Threat intelligence feeds provide the security intelligence, data enrichment and logic needed to maintain a healthy SOC. A SIEM that does not utilize fresh threat intelligence feeds for security AI, may as well not exist.
 
 
Like therapy, the first step is to be honest with yourself. Is your SIEM delivering the results you were promised, and with the efficiency seen during your sales demonstration? Are SIEM operators keeping up with all the alerts? If you answered “no”, your company should consider hiring qualified security experts to go over your SIEM setup and deployed rules. It is probably wise advice not to consider using the same individuals that originally implemented your SIEM or those responsible for the ongoing maintenance and health of your SIEM. If your SIEM has failed, it only makes sense to use a fresh group of eyes and possibly look at a fully Managed SIEMaaS.
 
The good news is, your SIEM investment is not wasted, it only needs some loving care by security professionals proficient on your SIEM, installed security products and a good knowledge of existent threats. Personnel with solid security expertise is a heavily sought after commodity, and are worth their weight in gold to most companies. A good security analyst is becoming harder and harder to find, and the demand for their skillsets are climbing every day. Some companies are investing in employee training to manage their SIEM, which is an excellent practice every company should be doing. Security and SIEM security training is a must, regardless of how big or small a company’s SOC is. Contact us if you have employees that need security or SIEM training. We have trained security analysts and engineers that can provide your SOC team with the necessary training they need to strengthen your company’s security posture.
 
Most companies do not want to be security experts, and simply want to focus on their core reason for being in business. Others are finding it difficult to attract qualified security analysts or find it too costly to manage their SIEM properly. If your company falls into these categories, your company should consider using a Managed SIEM as a Service, in which the SIEM can be on your premises or in the Cloud. If your company is small enough (has a low volume of events per minute ingested by the SIEM), your company can use a Hosted SIEM provider. Contact us with your Managed SIEM and Hosted SIEM requirements for a SOW, quote or to schedule a demonstration. Our security teams are proficient in managing QRadar, Splunk, Exabeam and AlienVault SIEMs.
 
Our managed SIEM (SIEMaaS) offerings include monitoring and analyzing security events and alerts, to provide accurate actionable security intelligence and recommend necessary remediation steps. SOC security engineers will assess alerts, validate and add relevant security intelligence and facts to incidents before alerting customer contacts. If desired and contracted, our SOC security engineers can investigate every potential threat, malicious activity and vulnerability, and apply updated logic and intelligence for your SIEM to eliminate future time spent on false positives. Once real threats are discovered, SOC engineers can take agreed to actions by remediating the threats from targeted systems or deliver remediating recommendations to customer to respond and perform on thier own. Every SIEMaaS engagement is tailored to support and assist the customer based on their needs. Every company will have customized threat severity levels, processes, and escalation procedures based on their environment and corporate hierarchy.
 
If your company wants to be completely out of the security business, and hands off monitoring, security incidents, response and technical changes for your entire IT infrastructure, we can provide these services also. Security as a service (SECaaS) or Security Operations Center as a Service (SOCaaS) are security management outsourcing offerings for companies that realize somethings are better left to the professionals. SECaaS and SOCaaS are becoming very popular these days due to many reasons. These managed security services can be all encompassing managed security engagements or tailored to offset specific areas your company has deficiencies. SECaaS and SOCaaS offerings can also be provided when your company simply needs more hands on deck for one off incidents, deep forensic analysis, ad-hoc changes in response to an incident, implementation of new security technology and network architecture consulting and build-outs.
 
We can provide all or any of these managed security roles. We support and provide services for the most commonly used and best of breed security products on the market. Below is a list of some of the technology vendors you may need help with:
 

SOC and Security Information Event Management (threat intelligence): QRadar, Splunk, Exabeam and AlienVault
Endpoint Protection: Carbon Black, Palo Alto, Check Point, Sophos, CrowdStrike, McAfee and Symantec
Network and Firewall: Cisco, Check Point, Fortinet, Juniper, Palo Alto and HP Aruba
Web Application Firewall: zScaler, f5, CloudFlare and Palo Alto
Cloud Application and Email Security: NetSkope, zScaler, Palo Alto and Proof Point
Identity and Access Management: Okta, ForeScout, Pulse Secure and HP Aruba
Vulnerability Scanning: Rapid7, Qualys, IBM and Alien Vault
DDoS Mitigation: Incapsula, Akamai, CloudFlare, RadWare, Arbor and Corero
DNS Security: Palo Alto, CloudFlare and zScaler
File Integrity Monitoring: NXLog, Snare and Varonis
Wireless Access Points: Cisco, Meraki, HP Aruba and Juniper Mist
Attacker Deception: TrapX Security and Illusive
Industrial Control Systems and Operational Technology: Palo Alto and ForeScout

Our experienced security teams monitor and manage customer environments 24/7 in over 30 different countries, helping businesses of all sizes decrease risk and operation expenses. Our security specialist teams are located in the US and UK, and providing unparalleled access to real-time threat reports, breach prevention and general network security services.
 
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QRadar Prices for All-in-One Hardware SIEM Appliances

QRadar Prices for All-in-One Hardware SIEM Appliances

QRadar Prices for All-in-One SIEM Appliances start at $38,500.00 to $102,000.00. Pricing is calculated based on the volume of events and network flows ingested by the SIEM.

QRadar prices for All-in-One appliance includes the following licenses for out of the box deployment:

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QRadar vs Splunk SIEM What You Need To Know BEFORE switching in 2019

QRadar vs Splunk SIEM What You Need To Know BEFORE switching in 2019
This QRadar vs Splunk comparison will help anyone planning on switching in 2019 from Splunk to QRadar SIEM. It will also help anyone just curious to see the additional functionality QRadar has in comparison to Splunk. First Get the FREE Splunk to QRadar SIEM App! You should check out the free Splunk to QRadar SIEM App that enables forwarding of Spl...
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QRadar IBM i iSeries AS400 Log Forwarding

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Configuring the IBM i to forward security and system event logs to QRadar SIEM can be done a few different ways, but in order to do it correctly; in LEEF format, in real-time, with GID and enriched event log information, you need an IBM i event log forwarding tool designed for the QRadar SIEM. There are IBM i security event log forwarding tools that can be used for QRadar that will send event logs in real-time and in CEF SYSLOG format, and even a couple that support LEEF, but only one includes QRadar QID for mapping, log enrichment and is on DSM support list. These features are important for QRadar's automatic log source discovery, parsing IBM i event logs properly for offenses, alerts and reports, and so that SOC operators can make sense of the logs. Similarly, all the IBM z Mainframe event log sources also require a forwarding tool that is able to format all the unique event log types and designed specifically for IBM QRadar.

The IBM i has many different event log sources, of which most SYSLOG and SIEM forwarding tools can only format and send System Audit (QAUDJRN) and Message Queues like QHST. However, most companies will also need to forward other event log types for compliance and audit requirements, like sensitive database access logs for File Integrity Monitoring (FIM), Network, SQL Statements, Open Source protocols, Privileged Access Management (PAM) events, Port usage, and Commands issued from a workstation. Other logs sources that companies also sometimes forward are web application logs, third party application and performance data, but these log sources are not typically required.

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2019 QRadar Price List by License

2019 QRadar Price List by License

*Also see QRadar Pricing on all IBM SIEM Security Intelligence Product Prices  (including QRadar Hardware Appliances)

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IBM z SIEM and SYSLOG Forwarding Considerations

IBM z SIEM and SYSLOG Forwarding Considerations
The IBM z mainframe system remains the workhorse for most of the largest and most successful companies in the world, maintaining both mission critical legacy software applications and new workloads. In the scope of sensitive data and security, the IBM z/OS protects the company’s jewels for good reason, but has a plethora of system and security event log sources that must be monitored and forwarded to a SIEM like IBM QRadar and LogRhythm or a SYSLOG Server like the Splunk.


Since IBM mainframe event logs do not conform to SIEM and SYSLOG industry standards, many IBM z shops are running batch reports and scrapping mainframe event logs manually before forwarding to their SIEM. As a result of this labor intensive process, only a few key event log sources end up being forwarded to the SIEM. With the huge volume of mainframe transactions, many important security event log sources are not getting forwarded to the SIEM: SMF records, RACF, Top Secret, SYSLOG, log4j, SyslogD, RMF, IMS, ACF2, Unix services, DB2, FTP, USS files, SYSOUT, and perhaps some application or other mainframe logs all contain critical security data for a SIEM’s AI and User Behavior Analytics algorithms.

Which IBM z event log sources contain security data a SIEM needs to identify a security breach? There are many event log sources that contain critical security data that a SIEM can use to discover internal and external threats, even simple workstation log-in attempts from one of many SMF record types can help identify a compromised asset or intruder. The number of records written to the SMF files or datasets can be astronomical, and is compounded by the number of vendor products installed. The IBM z/OS can create terabytes of security, operational, historical, diagnostic and like data in SMF daily. Of the 256 SMF record types, roughly 140 are actually used on most z/OS systems. SMF record types 0-127 are for z/OS components, and types 128-255 are used by other vendors to record activity and information related to their products.

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How QRadar Pricing Works

How QRadar Pricing Works

IBM QRadar pricing is determined by the number of event logs per second and network flow logs per minute the SIEM must ingest.

On average, QRadar will replace 6 customer installed security products. Furthermore, QRadar is considered by industry experts to be one of the most advanced and mature SIEM tools on the market, that can also integrate with a customer’s existing security defenses.

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How To Proactively Prevent Cybersecurity Breaches With QRadar AI SIEM

How To Proactively Prevent Cybersecurity Breaches With QRadar AI SIEM

Even most zero-day exploit attacks can be defended against with proper artificial intelligence, an advanced QRadar SIEM, end point security and a good plan, would minimize or prevent damage to company assets. IBM QRadar SIEM exist because companies discover cybersecurity breaches long after the damage is done. Consequently, in the following weeks and months security personnel and executives will exhaust all resources investigating and responding to the all the events that led up to the attack, and tackle a host of other costly post-incident damage control and prevention initiatives. If the attack was not the result of a zero-day exploit, post analysis will involve a painful discovery process identifying the vulnerabilities that allowed the successful attack.

Security breaches are affecting companies of all sizes at an alarming rate for a number of reasons, and private citizens are often suffering the consequences. It would be impossible to accurately list the source of problems in order companies face, but the most commonly general reasons are as follows:

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SIEM Machine Learning AI and Behavior Analytics

SIEM Machine Learning AI and Behavior Analytics
Cybersecurity breaches caused by employees account for roughly 75% of all data breaches. Internal security threats are usually among the costliest attacks and remain the hardest to detect and solve. Even with the numerous security defenses and controls, user account compromises are still one of the most commonly used methods of attack. Employee awa...
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QRadar SIEM Varonis app

QRadar SIEM Varonis app
The QRadar SIEM app list grew even larger last month with the addition of 2 more cybersecurity vendors. Varonis Systems, Inc., a pioneer in data security and analytics, launched an app for integration with QRadar SIEM security intelligence platform that provides companies with comprehensive visibility and response capabilities for all data security...
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Defending Against Cybersecurity threats in 2019

Defending Against Cybersecurity threats in 2019
Webroot just released their latest cybersecurity threat report after analyzing data from the first half of 2018, and results show hardware can be just as vulnerable to attacks due to exploitable flaws as the software that runs on it. Meltdown and Spectre were the clear winners, affecting almost every device known to mankind that has a processor. It...
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QRadar recognized as SIEM leader 10 years in a row

QRadar recognized as SIEM leader 10 years in a row
QRadar SIEM Security Intelligence Platform is recognized as a Leader for the 10 th consecutive year in the latest Forrester comparison report "Wave on Security Analytics". IBM has made many significant enhancements to QRadar over the years, outpacing its competitors in the SIEM security information and event management market place, particularly in...
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QRadar App for Cloud Infrastructures

QRadar App for Cloud Infrastructures
QRadar Cloud Visibility app on the x-Force app exchange is for managing and providing security for Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and IBM Cloud environments. This app should not be confused with QRadar on Cloud offering for IBM SIEM Saas. This free QRadar app leverages existing QRadar cloud integrations that bri...
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QRadar adds TruSTAR Threat Intelligence App

QRadar adds TruSTAR Threat Intelligence App
QRadar ​  TruSTAR's app enables ingestion of OSINT, 3rd party cybersecurity threat intelligence, ISAC/ISAO feeds and your own internal data into your QRadar instance. TruSTAR is a threat intelligence platform designed to accelerate incident analysis process and exchange of intelligence among various internal and external teams. This App a...
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Cybersecurity AI and SIEM Security Machine Learning

Cybersecurity AI and SIEM Security Machine Learning
Cybersecurity AI integrated SIEM Security tools accurately identify and prevent attacks in a fraction of the time and cost humans are capable, using security automation. Companies are struggling to identify and keep up with cybersecurity, internal threats and vulnerabilities in a timely manner, which are mainly due to manual processes and...
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