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SenSage Catalyzes Evolution of SIEM Market Through Creation of 'Open Security Intelligence'

New Community Invites Security Industry at Large to Discuss and Advance Best Practices for Using Open Security Analytics, the Next Phase of Security Event Monitoring & Management

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Security BSides San Francisco & RSA Conference 2011 -- SenSage, Inc., a leading provider of Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) systems, today launched a new community, Open Security Intelligence, intent on shaping how open access to security data in SIEM and log management systems may be leveraged to drive enhanced understanding and continuous improvement of information security operations. In pursuit of industry-wide progress on Open Security Intelligence, SenSage invites the security community at large, including its customers, partners and other interested parties to visit our new, dedicated web portal - www.opensecurityintelligence.com - and engage in an open dialogue about the evolution of security event monitoring and analysis. SenSage is presenting on the topic of "Open Security Intelligence" at Security BSides today at 3pm PT.

Nearly a decade old, SIEM and log management technologies have matured over time and are now widely adopted among organizations seeking to maintain compliance and respond to security incidents. Unfortunately, most SIEM and log management products are limited in their ability to mine large quantities of data and isolate the insights necessary to make informed security decisions. SenSage is launching the Open Security Intelligence community to help organizations everywhere improve the process of mining security data and driving these insights.

"Large enterprises and government agencies need to be able to drill down, across, through and around security events to better understand security effectiveness and to prioritize security improvements," said Joe Gottlieb, President and CEO of SenSage. "While security operations centers continue to put forth 'best efforts' to catch incidents in real-time, there is an increasing acceptance that we must learn from attacks that have already succeeded so we can reduce the chances of them happening again. SenSage has launched the Open Security Intelligence dialogue to help organizations share best practices and vital information to make continuous security improvements."

Much like financial industry analysts that have used data mining tools and techniques to uncover market trends and model new products, progressive security organizations are hiring and developing security "quants" to mine their event data and pinpoint insider threats and inside-out cybercrime plots. These security analysts must scour through their organizations' event data to better understand vulnerabilities, threats, tactical security effectiveness and strategic process evolution. Business Intelligence tools are well established and represent the technology of choice for these analyses and interactive dashboards - an industry commitment to Open Security Intelligence will make them available for use by the enterprise and government security quants that require the most flexible and powerful access to security data.

"Today's generation of security management tools constrain an end users' ability to drill down and analyze security data, which is necessary to drive informed incident response and continuous improvement efforts intended by compliance regulations," said Andrew Hay, Senior Security Analyst at The451Group. "Organizations must understand where they are most vulnerable, where they have been hacked, and why. SenSage's Open Security Intelligence initiative is an innovative way to help organizations everywhere improve the process of mining security data to find the right information."

"At Deluxe, we are constantly evolving our security practices for improved efficiency and effectiveness," said Dan Ritari, Vice President of Enterprise Information Risk Management at Deluxe Corporation. "We have already established a powerful capability to reduce risk through centralized collection and analysis of security events. We are now working with SenSage to leverage the Open Security Intelligence approach to enhance our executive dashboards, facilitate ad-hoc analysis and pursue the efficiencies of self-service for compliance inquiries. With Open Security Intelligence, SenSage is not only paving the way for the future of SIEM and log management, but they are also igniting an important industry dialogue that will offer the security community real benefits."

SenSage will be exhibiting at RSA this week at booth #523 and invites the security industry at large to come by and learn more about how to get involved in the Open Security Intelligence community. You can also find the community on YouTube at: http://www.youtube.com/user/OpenSecIntel and on Twitter at @OpenSecIntel.

Earlier this month, SenSage announced the general availability of SenSage 4.6, which includes new capabilities to integrate with third-party business intelligence (BI) tools and dashboards, as well as customized reporting and improved security analytics for comprehensive Security Intelligence. SenSage 4.6 is immediately available. More information on the product can be found at: http://www.sensage.com/collaterals/documents/SenSage_4-6_Datasheet.pdf

About Open Security Intelligence

Open Security Intelligence is what the security industry needs from Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) systems. The time has come to turn proprietary security information into versatile security intelligence through open data access and analysis. Security analysts want security data mining. Executives want security dashboards. Risk managers want key risk indicators. And everyone wants root cause analysis and continuous improvement. Business analysts have enjoyed these capabilities for over a decade, thanks to standards-based interoperability between Business Intelligence tools and Business Data Warehouses. Why can't security organizations leverage the same approach? The purpose of this community is to support the industry dialogue necessary to shape the benefits, address the challenges and catalyze the evolution needed to realize the promise of Open Security Intelligence. Join the conversation at www.opensecurityintelligence.com

About SenSage

SenSage®, Inc. delivers unified Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) and log management systems that are open to all event data types, scale to petabytes, minimize storage costs and perform sophisticated data analysis. Hundreds of customers worldwide leverage patented Security Intelligence solutions from SenSage to identify, understand and counteract cyber-threats, fraud and compliance violations. SenSage partners include Cerner, Cisco, EMC, McAfee and SAP. For more information, visit www.sensage.com or follow us on Twitter: @SenSage

To join the Open Security Intelligence community, please visit www.opensecurityintelligence.com .

SOURCE SenSage, Inc.

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