Gartner Research

SIEM Market Trends, Solutions, Assessment and Select Product Profiles

Published: 04 January 2013

ID: G00245223

Analyst(s): Ramon Krikken , Anton Chuvakin


Security information and event management (SIEM) is a pivotal and widely used security technology, yet many enterprises struggle to get value from their often expensive deployments. Deeply understanding SIEM technology and products is critical to success.

Table Of Contents

Summary of Findings


  • Introduction
  • SIEM Drivers and Requirements
  • Market Drivers
    • Current and Emerging Threats Driver
    • Compliance Mandates and Regulations Driver
    • Converging Threat and Compliance Drivers
  • SIEM Technology
    • SIEM as Security Monitoring
    • SIEM Evolution
    • SIEM Capabilities
    • SIEM Technology and Functional Components
    • SIEM Tool Generic Architecture
    • SIEM Tools and SIEM Content
  • In-Depth SIEM Use Cases
    • SIEM Deployment Scenarios
  • SIEM Market
    • Market Basics
    • Security Markets and Market Niches
    • Market Segmentation
  • SIEM Market Dynamics
    • SIEM Challenges Driving the Evolution
    • Potential Market Disruptors
  • SIEM Market Trends
    • Core Trend: More of Everything
    • Converging Core Functionality
    • Variability in Analytics Capabilities
    • Workflow and User Experience Evolution
  • SIEM Sourcing Options
    • More Outsourcing vs. Less Outsourcing
    • SIEM Services and Outsourcing
  • Approaches to SIEM Solutions Comparison
  • Strengths
  • Weaknesses
  • Evaluate SIEM Solutions Based on Both Threat and Compliance Use Cases
  • Review Your Use Cases in Depth Before Deciding on an SIEM Tool
  • Large Enterprises Should Pick Solutions With Extensive Enterprise Maturity
  • Use This Assessment to Define Additional Criteria for Choosing an SIEM Solution
  • Consider Usage Scenarios Such as SOC or Virtual SOC
  • Review Sourcing Options for SIEM Tools
  • Evolve a Chosen Sourcing Option Over Time
  • If Using External Parties for SIEM, Focus on Knowledge Transfer
  • Use Other Tools in Addition to SIEM for Comprehensive Security Monitoring

The Details

  • Profiled Vendors
    • HP ArcSight
    • McAfee/NitroSecurity
    • IBM/Q1 Labs
    • LogRhythm
    • NetIQ Sentinel
    • RSA, The Security Division of EMC
    • Splunk
  • SIEM Customer Classification

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