AlienVault: Unified Security Management

AlienVault: Unified Security Management

CIO VendorBarmak Meftah, President & CEO
With the increasing number of cyberattacks across banking and capital market firms, the loss of sensitive information and unauthorized access to databases is keeping the Chief Security Officers (CSO) awake at the night. Antivirus and firewall software deployed for the protection of IT infrastructure is not enough to prevent these attacks. Vulnerability assessment and remediation are major concerns for bankers and other financial institutions. AlienVault, a CA-based network security provider, delivers essential security monitoring technologies for bankers to have complete security visibility and threat intelligence with in-built vulnerability assessment tools. The company’s offerings also include prioritization and remediation of vulnerabilities, all in a single, easy-to-use console. “We focus on delivering a unified, simple, and affordable solution for threat detection, incident response, and compliance management,” states Barmak Meftah, President and CEO, AlienVault.

The AlienVault Unified Security Management (USM) platform empowers companies to manage both compliance and threats with Asset Discovery, Behavioral Monitoring, SIEM, Vulnerability Assessment, and Intrusion Detection. The USM platform includes tools for vulnerability assessment, asset discovery, behavioral monitoring, security information, event management, and threat detection. The platform constantly monitors the network for any kind of vulnerability and initiates its remediation. It is also integrated with AlienVault’s Open Threat Exchange (OTX), an open threat intelligence community where the threat researchers and network security professionals can share information on latest threats and advice on how to strengthen the IT infrastructure. The AlienVault Labs Threat Intelligence regularly publishes latest threat updates to the USM platform, ensuring detection of suspicious behavior and vulnerabilities of trending cyberthreats.

Apart from these functionalities, a vulnerability scanner runs in the background looking for malwares, open ports, poorly configured software, and known security problems.

We’re on a mission to provide organizations with highly intelligent security that is affordable and simple to use

“IT risk cannot be prevented completely. It can only be mitigated,” says Meftah. In the rapidly advancing threat landscape, prioritizing threats on a number of factors like significance of application, processes, and data is critically important. USM helps in remediation with multiple technologies like Host and Network Intrusion Detection Systems (NIDS/HIDS), and Netflow. The product also features rapid installation, and deployment and management of detection systems from a single console.

AlienVault’s products and solutions have benefited thousands of organizations in protecting their IT infrastructure. On one occasion, Crosskey Banking Solutions, a financial services company, had outsourced the network security to a Managed Security Service Provider (MSSP) and was constantly challenged by the increasing amounts of log volumes each day. The client also needed to reduce information exchanges with any third party for achieving PCI DSS compliance. To eliminate the dependence on a third party for security, the customer selected AlienVault Unified Security Management (USM), particularly for threat intelligence and OTX integration. By taking the security in-house with AlienVault’s USM platform, Crosskey enhanced its security and visibility with a much smaller security team while being PCI compliant. With AlienVault’s USM, the client was able to correlate all logs and also give the security team complete visibility of the network.

AlienVault aims to provide unified threat detection and compliance management that is intuitive, affordable, and easily deployable. The company also strives to ensure that customers with limited budget and resources achieve world-class security. “We’re on a mission to provide organizations with highly intelligent security that is affordable and simple to use,” concludes Meftah.