SIEM Integration

A properly configured SIEM system can greatly increase security event response by providing near real-time analysis of security alerts generated by network hardware and applications.

SecureState often encounters SIEM solutions during the course of audits and incident response engagements. However, few systems are tuned in a way that provides value to security operations staff. This service provides guidance and specific rulesets to be used with SIEM solutions to create high-fidelity alerts with actionable procedures that can be executed if an incident occurs.


This technology-agnostic program benefits the organization in several ways:

  • Effectively identifies and manages false positives
  • Customizes alerts to the organization’s environment and risk posture
  • Provides actionable processes based on high-fidelity alerts
  • Maximizes ROI of current SIEM solutions
  • Provides early detection of security incidents


SecureState utilizes SIEM solutions constantly as part of our Incident Response discipline. Often during an investigation, the data is there – it simply has not been raised to the appropriate personnel. SecureState combines common indicators with organization-specific rules so that your organization can get ahead of the threat.

Approach and Methodology

The SIEM Tuning and Integration process is executed in four phases:

  • Review Environment: SecureState works with your organization’s operations staff to determine which controls are currently monitored by the SIEM. In addition, devices are identified that should be added to SIEM monitoring to enable greater security visibility. Sample alerts and rule configurations are gathered by SecureState and analyzed.
  • Develop Controls: Based on your organization’s security profile, regulatory requirements, and business drivers, SecureState works with staff to develop alerts, reports, and correlation logic to increase the SIEM’s effectiveness. High-fidelity alerts with clear, actionable outcomes will be identified and created as part of the design.
  • Deploy: Working with operations staff, SecureState will create a project plan that incorporates a rollout strategy and testing methodology. SecureState’s unique ability to simulate attacks benefits this process greatly in determining whether each specific rule is effective in detecting malicious activity.
  • Review and Refine: Post-deployment, SecureState encourages feedback after the team has had the opportunity to utilize the redesigned system. Elimination of false-positive prone rules, addition of new security controls, and review of new attacks against the current ruleset all help to ensure that the SIEM remains effective in its role.
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