By: Brian DeVault

For effective network security monitoring, you need to see what devices are connected in your environment and how the vulnerabilities on those assets expose you to threats and intrusions. Attacks do not usually happen in one swift blow. Rather, they unfold in multiple steps. The earlier you detect attacks, the better chance you have at intervening to prevent a data breach or other harm.

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Log management tools and Security Information and Event Management (SIEMs) tools are more complementary than competitive. Yes, they broadly overlap in that they both process event data, however, they are designed and utilized to meet different use cases. And there are those who want the flexibility to design their own SIEM using a modern log management tool.

Log management tools are primarily designed to collect any kind of machine-readable data, and provide optimized storage and search capabilities for it.

SIEMs are primarily designed to provide a security overview of a system. While savvy practitioners can adjust either to meet similar needs, the best use case for either solution is to deploy them in a way that corresponds with their greatest strengths. Therefore, it’s more appropriate to run a log management tool alongside a SIEM tool as a means to add additional data for better context, and use it for faster search and better storage.


Data collection and analysis tools are defined as a series of charts, maps, and diagrams designed to collect, interpret, and present data for a wide range of applications and industries. Various programs and methodologies have been developed for use in nearly any industry, ranging from manufacturing and quality assurance to research groups and data collection companies.


Continuous vulnerability scanning services provide an added level of security protection that all organizations should be leveraging to uncover those situations and significantly reduce the time to detect in your environment.

To ensure that vulnerability scans have no lapse in detection, it is suggested that both authenticated and unauthenticated vulnerability scans are conducted. While the authenticated scan allows the tester to log in as a user and see vulnerabilities from a trusted user’s perspective, the unauthentic scan does the opposite and offers the perspective of an intruder. Scanning under all circumstances, again, ensures that even with constantly evolving technology, companies are safe from threats.


Configuring your wireless network is one of the essential tasks to upkeep the security of your corporate wireless network. At least among IT professionals, it is not a big secret how important it is for the Wi-Fi networks to be safe for any business. You can do a quick search on Google or skim through the social media or news feed to read about it. You will indeed read some interesting content about how vulnerable wireless networks are to attacks and data stealing.

Hackers, in no time, can get into your system if you use the default Service Set identified (SSID) name and password. So the first tip to make it secure is to hide the SSID name or change it along with a solid password to complete your network.

Don’t use common SSID names (e.g., admin), as hackers are aware of this trend. It will take them no time to enter that network without doing much. Ensure the password includes numerical, special characters, alphabetic, uppercase, and lowercase to make it stranger and challenging for the attackers to crack.

This blog post is part of NETRIO’s weekly Whiteboard Wednesday series. Follow along on Linkedin and YouTube each week as Brian and Mike discuss use cases, new technology, and trends.