SIEM vendor forges alliance with Australia university
In a twofold effort to strengthen security at the school and address a burgeoning shortage of cybersecurity professionals, Exabeam, San Mateo, California, has formed a partnership with Deakin University.
The Lowdown: With the help of Exabeam, the university is looking to bolster the curriculum of its School of IT cybersecurity degree program and offer candidates real-life career experience. At the same time, Deakin has recruited Exabeam to help enhance its own security initiatives. The university’s security posture program, Deakin Shield, is a priority this year for the learning institution.
The Details: Deakin is now supplementing its legacy Splunk solution with Exabeam’s Advanced Analytics, which will streamline alerts, analyze network behavioral patterns, and identify critical anomalies. With a highly variable user base and a log aggregator that generates a sizable volume of network feeds and alerts, Deakin’s security operations team was looking for a flexible, scalable, easy-to-use security information and event management (SIEM) solution that could handle network fluctuations and deliver machine learning-powered analytics capabilities.
Background: The cybersecurity arena is abuzz with talk of a global skills shortage that threatens companies of every size and stripe. According to AustCyber, the Australian Cyber Security Growth Network, the largest country in Oceania is facing the same crisis as the rest of the world. A report issued by AustCyber last fall said Australia’s cybersecurity workforce shortfall could already be costing the nation $400 million-plus in lost revenue and wages, and that the country may need upwards of 17,600 cybersecurity workers by 2026 to fill the gap.
The Buzz: “When we tested Exabeam Advanced Analytics, we were drawn to the fact that security operations analysts can respond to alerts out of the box, without too much customization,” said Deakin Chief Digital Officer William Confalonieri. “This allows our security engineers to focus all of their time on improving our cyber defenses, instead of learning how to create anomaly detection and events correlation queries, which was incredibly time consuming. Compared to all of the other solutions in the market, the support and operational overhead associated with a SIEM solution are minimal with Exabeam.”
“Working with a dynamic educational organization like Deakin University mirrors our overarching vision: to dramatically improve the way that security analysts work while fostering the next generation of cybersecurity talent,” said Nir Polak, Exabeam CEO. “Exabeam has given the university a smarter way to identify anomalies on their network, and their team has given us the opportunity to mentor and prepare their students to work in the field. We are proud to be growing our footprint in Australia through this incredible partnership and look forward to watching a new wave of security leaders emerge from our work together.”