Why is a Cloud-Native Architecture Essential for SIEM Platforms? (Cloud Series Part 1)

Cloud computing has become so readily adopted that some business applications are now consumed almost exclusively as cloud services. This adoption of cloud services has also extended to security platforms. The cloud delivers unlimited computing power and provides a natural fit for monitoring an organization’s cloud-based and on-premise infrastructure.

In our modern age of the cloud, traditional, on-premise security information and event management (SIEM) strategies no longer work. Remember that the two primary functions of a SIEM platform are to:

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

In today’s world of massive data volumes and advanced analytics capabilities, the SIEM on-premise model has cracks that are now becoming widely recognized across users. Ultimately, SIEM platforms are ready for a move to the cloud. And it must be cloud-native.

Why is Cloud-Native SIEM Essential?

There’s no debate that data processing and analytics are better done in the cloud with the scale and power it provides. The cloud provides SOC teams with leap-level benefits by rapidly computing high data volumes and performing vertical and horizontal traffic analysis.

However, cloud solutions that are not built for the cloud from the start are simply migrations of the on-premise application with a few modifications. These are simply “cloud-based” or “SaaS-ified” solutions.

SIEM solutions built for the cloud support the full capabilities of a cloud-native solution—and deliver several benefits that are essential for the success of a SIEM platform, including:

  • Performance and Simplicity: The distinction between a cloud-native and cloud-based solution is especially important for SIEM platforms. Only cloud-native technology can provide the performance and simplicity SOC teams require to scale for big data analytics.
  • API Integration Flexibility: Cloud-native architecture also provides an API-driven approach, which makes network integrations easy. This is especially important because third-party integrations are a key factor of success for SIEM platforms. In fact, 30% of IT and security professionals report they use between 26 to 50 cybersecurity tools. Most of these tools will need to integrate with a SIEM platform.
  • Scalable and Resilient: Cloud-native SIEM platforms will be best poised to exploit the speed and agility the cloud has to offer. For the high demands on a SIEM solution to ingest and analyze data, cloud-native architecture provides the required elasticity for services to scale up and scale down as demand varies.

Ultimately, the performance of SIEM platforms delivered from the cloud depends on a strategy that is built in the cloud and for the cloud.

Learn the three questions to verify your solution is cloud-native. Read the 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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