Gartner Research

Use SIEM for Targeted Attack Detection

Published: 30 June 2016

ID: G00308086

Analyst(s): Kelly Kavanagh , Oliver Rochford, Toby Bussa


IT security leaders can improve targeted attack detection capabilities using their security information and event management tools, but it requires investments in expertise, processes and complementary technologies.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Focus on People
    • Invest in the Resources Needed to Use and Run an SIEM
    • Use an SIEM to Monitor Privileged Users and User Activity
    • Monitor Changes to Identity and Access Policies
  • Processes Are Needed to Provide Context
    • Classify Assets
    • Integrate Vulnerability Management Information
    • Include User Identity/Role Context
  • Use Complementary, "Lean Forward" Security Technologies
    • Behavior Analytics
    • Advanced Threat Detection Tools (NTA, Payload Analysis, EDR)
    • Application and Database Activity Monitoring
    • Threat Intelligence Platforms and Services
    • Incident Response and Automation

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