SOURCE: Sensage


August 15, 2011 16:22 ET

Study Reveals Increased Combination of SIM and BI Tools for Security Data Mining, Data Warehousing and Threat Analysis in U.S. Enterprises

Sophisticated Analytics and Query Flexibility Are Top Use Cases Driving New Approaches to Security Management

REDWOOD SHORES, CA--(Marketwire - Aug 15, 2011) - Sensage, Inc., a leading provider of Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) systems, announced today the results of an independent study titled, "How Proactive Security Organizations Use Advanced Data Practices to Make Decisions." The study, a commissioned technology adoption profile conducted by Forrester Consulting on behalf of Sensage, provides findings on how enterprises have taken charge of their security management by implementing Security Information Management (SIM) technologies and uncovers how these organizations use data and business intelligence as part of their security management processes.

The study, which profiled 60 North American enterprise security professionals, shows that a full range of data management and analysis use cases are active within existing security management practices. These use cases indicate notably advanced approaches, not just for the storage of data for basic compliance purposes, but also for the active management of data fidelity, data provisioning for self-service by various role players and advanced analytics necessary to pursue a deeper understanding of security operations.

According to this study, "the intersection of SIM, data warehousing, and business intelligence resonates throughout the IT organization and is driven by three powerful forces: vast amounts of data being generated by IT systems; sophisticated and difficult to discover new threats; and the added complexity from mobile device proliferation, IT consumerization, and cloud computing requirements. This combination creates a perfect storm for even the most advanced IT organization... New and ever-changing threats and increased compliance pressures, coupled with inherent budget pressures, have created a real need to offer the business deeper analytics of all types of IT-generated data to ensure a secure, compliant, and efficient organization."

Highlights of the study revealed:

  • Across all areas, security decision-makers reflected an expanded use of SIM today, when compared to their original SIM implementation
  • While original use cases were for compliance, real-time security and incident response, today, SIM products are now stretching to address risk management, policy validation and threat correlation -- not just reading logs
  • 95% of responding organizations pointed to one or more areas where they'd like to see more advanced analytics capabilities from their SIM tool, including greater flexibility to pursue non-standard analysis and a more sophisticated correlation across siloed processes

"Sensage is ideal for the complex security information management requirements of large enterprises, service providers and government agencies coping with sophisticated threats buried in 'big data,'" explained Joe Gottlieb, President and CEO of Sensage. "Sensage was founded on the assumption that security event logging, management and response would evolve into a data management problem. Our customers get what they need with our purpose-built data warehouse and a flexible analytics console that delivers a comprehensive set of analytics libraries, compliance reports, SQL-based querying and open access from third-party Business Intelligence tools," Gottlieb explained.

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Sensage®, Inc. helps organizations collect, store, analyze and interpret complex information to identify new threats, improve cyber-security defenses, and achieve industry and regulatory compliance.

Sensage serves our customers' most advanced Security Information and Event Management (SIEM), log management, Call Detail Record (CDR) retention and retrieval and Continuous Controls Monitoring (CCM) use cases. Hundreds of customers worldwide leverage patented Security Intelligence solutions from Sensage to effectively identify, understand and counteract insider threats, advanced persistent threats, cyber threats, fraud and compliance violations.

Combining powerful data warehousing with scalable, clustered multiprocessing and robust analytics, Sensage solutions handle all event data types, scale to petabytes, minimize storage costs and perform sophisticated data analysis. Sensage is FIPS 140-2 Certified. Sensage partners include Cerner, Cisco, EMC, McAfee and SAP. For more information, visit, follow us on Twitter: @Sensage, and watch for us on

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