What SOCs require today is a simple way to correlate information across all security relevant data that enables them to manage their security posture. Instead of merely watching events after they occur, an IT department should anticipate their occurrence and implement measures to limit their vulnerability in real time. For that, SOCs need an analytics-driven SIEM platform.
An analytics-driven SIEM allows IT to monitor threats in real time and respond quickly to incidents so that damage can be avoided or limited. But not all attacks are external—IT needs a way to monitor user activity so that it can minimize the risks from insider threat or accidental compromise. Threat intelligence is critical to understand the nature of the broader threat environment and put those threats into context for the organization. An analytics-driven SIEM must naturally excel at security analytics, giving IT teams the power to use sophisticated quantitative methods to gain insight into and prioritize efforts. Finally, a SIEM today must include the specialized tools needed to combat advanced threats as part of the core platform.