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SANS 2016 Analytics and Intelligence SurveyBased upon the 2015 survey results, SANS concluded that “results seem to indicate slow and steady progress but also underscore a significant lack of maturity in how teams are implementing and using analytics tools”. Organizations were struggling with visibility into their environments. Additionally, there were indications of critical shortages of skilled professionals and a lack of dedicated resources.

This year’s SANS 2016 Security Analytics Survey shows that the use of analytics has matured overall but more organizations have experienced a breach or significant attack than in previous years. The use of analytics tools is increasing, but a the data is not being effectively used to improve detection and response. Areas that need improvement:

  • Prioritizing threats
  • Centralizing remediation and reporting
  • Baselining normal patterns of behavior in their environment

As in previous years, the shortage of skilled security professionals and funding continue to be a challenge, and more organizations plan to invest in increased training and hiring in the future.

In 2015, security professionals who took the SANS Analytics and Intelligence Survey told SANS that improvements in detection

In this year's survey, SANS concluded that “Utilization of security analytics is slowly improving, and we’ve done a much better job of collecting data, but more effort is needed to detect, respond and report results using analytics before we can say we’re really maturing in this space."

LookingGlass believes that by leveraging the scalability of threat intelligence platforms to process vast amounts of threat information, organizations can get the most out of their threat intelligence and help skilled professionals make better informed and more timely security decisions.

LookingGlass solutions are based upon using fast, highly scalable technology to collect, automate and prioritize vast amounts of threat and internet intelligence for you. It's time to expect more than "slow and steady progress" as indicated by this year's survey results.

LookingGlass is a sponsor of the SANS Analytics and Intelligence Survey, webcasts, and white paper published in November 2016.

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