Gartner Research

Demystifying Security Analytics: Sources, Methods and Use Cases

Published: 06 May 2015

ID: G00273120

Analyst(s): Anton Chuvakin


Many security architects are pursuing security analytics, an ill-defined concept that presumably offers better insights and effective detection for advanced threats. Gartner provides a fact-based analysis of security analytics initiatives based on a framework of data sources, methods and use cases.

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  • Key findings:
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  • Security Analytics Defined
    • Security Analytics
    • Big Data Use for Security
  • How (and Why) Security Became an Analytics Problem
    • Motivation for Exploring Advanced Analytics Approaches for Security
  • Types of Security Analytics
  • Reported Security Analytics Use Cases
    • How Advanced Is Advanced?
  • Security Analytics and SIEM: A Rocky Relationship
    • Today's SIEM Is Not Security Analytics
    • When to Venture Beyond SIEM?
    • SIEM and Analytics/Big Data: Working Together
  • Build or Buy
    • Build or Buy Decision Framework
    • Success Tips for Build and Buy
  • The Buy Route: Available Products
    • What Product? What Market?
    • UBA as Security Analytics
    • NBA/NFT as Security Analytics
    • More Categories of Security Analytics Tools?


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