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Enterprises Adopt SIM Tools

NEW YORK, July 14, 2006 – The ongoing need to tighten security for enterprise data and network resources is creating a flood of information from system logs, monitoring software, diagnostic tools, and security alert systems, leading more organizations to deploy security information management (SIM) systems that correlate information from these sources and draw conclusions about the likely cause of a particular security problem, according to the latest report published by Dark Reading Security Insider (, a subscription research service from CMP Technology and Light Reading Inc. (

Security Information Management: Who's Doing What delivers an in-depth look at SIM technology and its growing deployment by enterprise IT organizations. The 18-page report offers a detailed accounting of the emerging SIM market and SIM's role not only in streamlining enterprise data and network security, but also in documenting compliance with new legal and regulatory requirements for IT, such as Sarbanes-Oxley and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Key topics covered in the report include:

  • Guidelines for choosing a SIM solution
  • Detailed comparisons of competing SIM vendor strategies and products
  • Strategic analyses of SIM suppliers
  • Suggestions on criteria to include in a request for information or proposal for SIM

Security Information Management: Who's Doing What profiles and analyzes 15 leading SIM product suppliers, including CA, Cisco Systems, IBM, Novell, and Symantec.

"A good SIM system must not only collect and correlate security data, but also be able to report that data in a format that meets the needs of different users within the organization," notes Tim Wilson, Site Editor of Dark Reading and author of the report. "For instance, most SIM vendors have revamped the reporting capabilities of their systems to meet the special requirements of compliance projects, and some have altered their security reporting capabilities as well."

Key findings of Security Information Management: Who's Doing What include:

  • SIM tools are mature enough for broad-scale deployment – 30 percent of enterprises are already using SIM
  • Compliance is the key driver for SIM deployment in many organizations, even outweighing security needs
  • Performance is difficult to rate; vendors don't agree on the correct method for counting events per second
  • SIM vendors have been slow in developing links to other management systems

Security Information Management: Who's Doing What is available as part of an annual subscription (six issues) to Dark Reading Security Insider, priced at $1,295. Individual reports are available for $900.

Dark Reading Security Insider tracks, analyzes, and evaluates the key industry and technology developments that will have the biggest impact on the data and networking security industry – and by extension the entire computing and communications supply chain – in the months and years ahead. This new service offers keen insight into the hot-button issues that will affect enterprise deployment of security products and services, including:

  • Web application security
  • Corporate mobility and its impact on enterprise security practices
  • End-user security tools (anti-virus, anti-spyware)
  • Deployment of digital rights management tools
  • Detailed cost-of-ownership analyses that offer a much-needed reality check for enterprise decision makers

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