The Zen of Security Operations

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This blog was written by Barbara Kay.

At some level, every company needs to identify and remediate attacks that get through preventative controls, identify and remediate risky internal events, and support and remediate compliance audits. That’s what you do today. You likely do some of these things better than others.

Our goal is to help CISOs and SecOps optimize operations to consolidate and mature their capabilities in these three areas. Integrations enable and enhance awareness, understanding of the implications of events, and application of these learnings to day-to-day operations. That’s why you might think of it as the Zen of Security Operations.

With a scalable and flexible systemic infrastructure in place, you can focus on your individual priorities – incident response, operational security, or compliance – or all three at once. The size and scope of the system will vary – where many companies may have only one core operations person, bigger companies have different teams who will interact with this system and build out workflows and integrations to suit each team’s needs. Whatever your current security maturity and resources, by choosing a modular and scalable platform, you can grow your implementation from a common, integrated, and efficient base.

Larger and more complex businesses are often looking to eliminate existing security silos, because their goals demand improving scale – to handle threat indicators, anomalous events, audit findings, internal demands for more and more secure digital services – and improving time-based metrics – moving faster and making every minute count. These pressures are foremost on many customers’ minds. They are looking for a way out of the current shiny toy behavior and moving to more mature security solutions that play well together.


Despite the news and noise of breaches, and investments in shiny toys, about half of companies are immature in their security operations and are driving hard to evolve and mature their security solutions.

For many maturing organizations, the core of their chosen solution to address these challenges is McAfee® Enterprise Security Manager. A key part of the value proposition they want is the easy integration with other McAfee, partner, and IT operations products and tools. They value McAfee Enterprise Security Manager as a great product on its own, and a great platform for expediting and operationalizing processes that are the lifeblood of real-time continuous monitoring and response. By adopting McAfee Enterprise Security Manager as an operational command center, we see enterprises improving situational awareness, clarity about decision-making, and response efficiency immediately, even if they already have a SIEM.

Three areas of McAfee distinction and investment – analytics, integration, and automation – improve the performance of security operational staff now, and planned enhancements will improve results further in the coming years. That’s important – this is a system that companies must depend on for years. Making the right decision today will help you ride out the hype cycles and news headlines of the information security lifestyle. Think of it as an on-going source of Zen for your team and your business.

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