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SANS Security Survey 2013 - Importance of Security Reports

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The previous article on SANS Security Survey 2013 discussed about the security needs and challenges in enterprises to detect threats and the complexity to respond to breaches and attacks, etc. Further to detecting threats and responding to them, we got some insights on the kind of data used by organizations for security analytics.

Interestingly, the most common data used to investigate security issues were:

  1. Log data from network (routers/switches) and servers, applications and/or endpoints
  2. Monitoring data provided through firewalls, network-based vulnerability scanners, IDS/IPS, UTMs, etc.
  3. Access data from applications and access control systems

By doing log analysis, you can understand what transpires within your network. Each log file contains many pieces of information that can be invaluable, especially if you know how to read them and analyse them. With proper analysis of this actionable data you can identify intrusion attempts, misconfigured equipment, and many more.

Security Reports

Next, you cannot afford to undermine the importance of security reporting as it would give you critical information like the vulnerabilities, suspicious behavior on your network, network traffic, etc.

Satisfaction with Current Analytics and Intelligence Capabilities

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The above statistics are based on the SANS Security Survey conducted early this year. For detailed survey results and reports, please click here.

59% of respondent organizations

  • Not satisfied with their library of appropriate queries and reports

56% of respondent organizations

  • Not satisfied with their relevant event context intelligence
  • Have no visibility into actionable security events


How do Security Reports help?

From the above chart you can see the various factors that organizations look for when it comes to reports. While it is absolute necessity to have an effective security reporting to stay informed about the various security issues, it is also important to understand the different areas where reports can be used.

Compliance Reporting:

Being in line with IT compliance regulations such as PCI DSS, GLBA, SOX, NERC CIP, and HIPAA requires businesses to monitor and control access to and usage of sensitive information. Scheduling periodic report generation can help you in gaining visibility over your network and help you adhere to various compliance regulations, which in turn means protection of your customers’ data.

Security Auditing:

Security audit is a continuous process, hence you need to conduct security audits regularly. Reports help you conduct an audit of network events and establish a security baseline. You can make it even more effective automating the audit process with the help of SIEM tools.

IT Security Forensics:

You can use reports to identify suspicious behavior patterns on your network, traffic patterns, malicious codes, summary of various events on your network, and many more.

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