One of the largest mountains in China is Mt. Huashan; this monumental wonder is one of the five great mountains of China and is also considered one of the most dangerous hiking trails in the world. The mountain offers hikers two main paths at the trailhead, both with their own advantages and disadvantages. When you get to the trailhead, you can choose between a path that leads you to high cliffs, narrow wooden planks and severe drop-offs, or a path that takes you to a line which then leads to a cable car that will take you up to the top of the mountain without you having to hike.

Now, it might sound like a simple choice, however you must take a step back and look at both options in depth to determine which path will benefit you the most. Cybersecurity companies will tell you that these paths represent those paths that IT companies take when it comes to SIEM solutions. Let’s take a closer look at each one of these paths and how they can be applied to SIEM solutions.

Path One: The Risky Path

As we mentioned before, the first path is dangerous and requires the assistance of professional hikers and specialized equipment to ensure your safety; without this help and without the equipment, you face enormous risks. While this path is cheaper than a tram, the risks involved might make you consider spending the money to ensure that you’re safe.

Path Two: The Safe Route

The second path that you can take is much safer, as it involves taking a cable car up to the top of the mountain. However, while you’ll be safe inside a cable car, you’ll also pay an expensive fee, and you’re not likely to catch any of the beautiful scenery due to large crowds trying to fit inside the cars. Another downfall to the car is that you won’t be on your own schedule. The safe but inconvenient and expensive tram ride might then make you reconsider your decision, making you wonder if taking the risks involved with the first path would have been worth it.

The Third Path: Taking an Alternate Route

While these two paths might be the most common, there is another path that not a lot of people know about. It’s a hidden path, but when found, you’ll find that you won’t have to shell out an exorbitant amount of money, and you won’t have to sacrifice the magnificent experience of the hike.

The first path can be compared to DIY SIEM technology management, which leads to organizations getting hundreds of alerts every day, many of which are false positives. This makes it hard for IT personnel to react to actual, threatening events, which makes this path a high-risk option.

The second path can be compared to outsourced SIEM-as-a-Service systems which are comprised of a limited rule set and are missing many important security events which are occurring on the network.

Cybersecurity companies can offer your business the luxury of the “hidden path.” SIEM management is the third path; this is when you deploy a SIEM in your own environment but use the outside expertise of cybersecurity companies to manage the system on your behalf.

As you can see, SIEM management is the best way to go, and the other two paths are both methods that almost always end up leading to a lack of value and wasted resources. We’ll touch on why each of these methods never work in our upcoming blog series on the topic.