3 Questions to Verify Your SIEM is Cloud-Native (Cloud Series Part 2)

Security incident and event management (SIEM) platforms have significant processing demand put on them with the needs to:

  • perform rigorous correlation and analysis on the data, and
  • ingest network data


For that reason, it’s prime time SIEM platforms move to the cloud—and the move needs to be built on a cloud-native platform that was designed for the cloud from the start. We discuss the three, primary reasons enterprises should be looking at a cloud-native architecture for their SIEM platform in our blog: Why is a Cloud-Native Architecture Essential for SIEM Platforms?

Figuring out if a solution is cloud-native can be a bit of a mystery. “Cloud” has become such a popular buzzword, it can be peppered through a vendor’s marketing, making it difficult to decode the true nature of the solution’s architecture.


Here are three questions to ask to determine if a SIEM platform is cloud-native.

1. Is your SIEM platform based on microservices architecture?

SIEM platforms that take advantage of the cloud’s microservices architecture are, by design, cloud-native. A microservices architecture is essential for the big data storage and processing required in security event monitoring and analytics—and it allows the solution to readily scale up and down to adjust to processing demand levels.

2. Is your platform hosted purely in the cloud, or does it rely on an on-premise server?

If the SIEM platform requires an onsite server or is marketed as a “hybrid solution,” it’s not a cloud-native platform.

One reason for the move to the cloud is to avoid reliance on on-premise hardware, because anytime the onsite server goes down, you’ll experience an interruption of services.

3. Does the solution support continuous software delivery?

A vendor’s cycle for updates is a telltale sign of the platform’s cloud architecture. If updates are released in longer time intervals, such as quarterly or annually, the solution isn’t cloud-native. With a cloud-native SIEM platform, enhancements and bug fixes are rolled out as soon as they pass quality control and are available immediately.

To learn more about the move to cloud-native SIEM platforms, read: Cloud-Native SIEM Platforms Whitepaper.



About the Author

Ken Liao is the Vice President of Product Marketing at JASK. With over 13 years of experience in information security, he is responsible for bringing JASK’s solutions globally to market. Ken holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of California at Berkeley.


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