Coming apart at the SIEMs…

Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) systems are all the rage at the moment – and with good cause.

As you are all aware, one item of data does not a case make, it is the combination & correlation between _all_ of the data that creates “evidence” – and here in the SIEM we are seeing the very thinnest separation between forensics and security – if we look at it today it is security, if we look at it tomorrow, it’s forensics.

An SIEM (oft pronounced “seem” – although mostly I like to spell out my TLAs ESS-AYE-EEE-EMM [ with a few notable exceptions … raid, scuzzy, wizzywig … but I suspect that shows my age more than anything else ! ] ) is a centralised system that collects information from other systems in the network. This information is typically – but not exclusively – collected from some, or all, of the normal logging of the system…

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