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RSAs Security Analytics Tool To Help Enterprises Respond Immediately To Threats


Written by  Sorab Ghaswalla | 01 February 2013
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rsa securityRSA, the Security Division of EMC Corporation, has released a new tool, RSA Security Analytics, a security monitoring and investigative solution designed to help organisations defend their digital assets against internal and external threats.

The company said the tool was built on the “proven’’ architecture of RSA NetWitness technology. RSA Security Analytics fuses SIEM, Network Forensics, & Big Data analytics into a security platform that will be the cornerstone of next generation security operations centres, the company claimed.

The way RSA Security Analytics is engineered is it allows enterprises to discover security risks as they occur, thus significantly cutting the investigating time from days to minutes. The new platform comprises a data capture infrastructure and a security analytics warehouse. The first consists of network appliances that collect and analyse network packets and log data, the analytics concentrator then aggregates data from the appliances, while an analytics broker provides a single access point for running queries.

By helping security professionals understand digital risks originating from both inside and outside their enterprise, organisations can better defend business assets, including intellectual property and other sensitive data, while reducing the time and cost associated with threat management and compliance-focused reporting, a press release by EMC Corp. said. The latter is a global leader in enabling businesses and service providers to transform their operations and deliver IT as a service

The security analytics warehouse itself is Hadoop-based and allows companies to store and stage petabytes worth of structured and unstructured data.

The RSA Security Analytics Unified Platform is designed to deliver:

  • Quick Capture and Analysis -- Security-relevant data, including full network packets, logs, and threat intelligence, are captured and quickly analyzed to speed up the detection of potential threats.
  • High Powered Analytics – Enables much larger-scale collection of data and empowers new analysis methods over that of traditional SIEM-based approaches to security.
  • Integrated Threat Intelligence – Helps organizations operationalize the use of threat intelligence feeds to accelerate detection and investigations of potential attack tools and techniques targeting the enterprise.
  • Context for Threats – Through integrations with the RSA Archer® GRC platform and RSA® Data Loss Prevention (DLP) suite, and by fusing data produced by other products, analysts can use business context to prioritize and allocate resources to the threats which pose the greatest risk.
  • Malware Identification – Using a variety of investigative techniques, the solution identifies a much wider range of malware-based attacks.
  • Automates Compliance Reporting – Helps enable compliance as an outcome of good security practices.

Amit Yoran, Senior Vice President, RSA, Security Division of EMC, said, "Organisations must move beyond the constraints of traditional security and embrace agile technologies and methods for dealing with today's dynamic threats. RSA Security Analytics is engineered to reinvent security monitoring and threat detection.  By combining high fidelity forensic visibility with big security data collection and management, and a complete revolution in advanced analytics, RSA is helping organizations take their security programs and advanced security operations centres to a new level."

The new tool is available worldwide, the statement added.

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Sorab Ghaswalla

Sorab Ghaswalla

Sorab Ghaswalla is the Founder of India-based digital world consultancy firm, New Age Content Services LLP, an Internet Entrepreneur & Consultant, a journalist, and owner/Editor of 2 websites. In his free time, he contemplates the larger implications of digital life.

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