Security Event Management (SEM) with CEP (Part 6) – Realizing SEM with CEP
In Part 6 in this series, Security Event Management (SEM) with CEP, we look at how CEP can be used to help security experts meet the 5 principles of SEM. In my earlier tutorial series, What is Complex Event Processing?. we reviewed a functional reference architecture for CEP, illustrated below.
From the discussion and the illustration above, we can summarize how CEP can easily be used as the framework for implementing SEM:
- ESB/Messaging Infrastructure – Many state-of-the-art CEP solutions use a secure, standards-based communications infrastructure for distributed event management. This is the most effective way to normalize and manage heterogenous events from many distributed SEM event sources;
- Strong Analytics – Many CEP implementations have extensible event-driven analytics to detect and refine threat-related situations using state-of-the-art techniques like rules-engines, Bayesian networks, neural networks and more;
- EDA – State-of-the-art CEP architectures use standard-compliant messaging, alerts and automated responses to kick off workflow, compliance and other remediation and BPM activities;
- Custom Reporting – Most CEP software applications ofter customizable dashboards. Reports are easily customized with a variety of state-of-the-art graphical studios, including AJAX-based user interfaces; and,
- Scaleable, Distributed Architecture – As illustrated in the CEP reference architecture, event-driven, cooperative agents can be configured to process to millions events in a heterogeneous, distributed architecture.
The recent FSA announcement by Mark Palmer and team at Apama that the FSA will be using Apama’s CEP platform for Sabre 2, their next-generation, real-time market surveillance and market abuse detection system, shows that the CEP vendors are heading in the right direction!
So, in closing, if you need to build a robust, state-of-the-art fraud, misuse, or intrusion detection system based on the 5 principles of SEM, CEP can help! Congratulations Apama!
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