What is “Security information and event management”?

SIEM tools aggregate, correlate and analyze data across the IT network to detect security issues. A SIEM tool’s core feature comprises log management and centralization, detection and reporting of security events, and search capabilities. This combination enables businesses to meet compliance requirements while also identifying and containing attackers more quickly. However, Security information and event management (SIEM) solutions are generally regarded as cumbersome and complex, and it is widely assumed that they are therefore only appropriate for large organizations that can handle them successfully. This viewpoint, however, ignores the more advanced SIEM solutions developed for enterprises of all sizes. If compliance reporting is another key motivator, a SIEM should also be able to help with dashboards and ensure security policies are implemented. These challenges might make selecting the best solution challenging; as every firm is unique, and there is no “one size fits all” solution.

Rapid7’s complete Insight platform integrates threat intelligence, security research, data gathering, and analytics. In this article, we will talk about the features of the Rapid7 detection and response solution – InsightIDR – and present the benefits of the Rapid7 InisightIDR solution.

Rapid7: Company Background

Rapid7 was founded in 2000 by three software executives, Alan Matthews, Tas Giakouminakis, and Chad Loder, in midtown New York City, to address the growing complexity of network security and provide administrators with visibility into their network, assets, vulnerabilities, and threats. After more than two decades, the vendor named after New York’s rapid transit system now employs over 1,200 people, serves over 9,300 organizations, and is headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts.

Rapid7 InsightIDR

While InsightIDR is a security information and event management (SIEM) system, its capabilities extend well beyond typical SIEM solutions and into the emerging XDR space. Rapid7’s powerful detection and response hunts threats and gathers essential information for investigations from millions of events, users, endpoints, and more. InsightIDR, combines user and entity behavior analytics (UEBA), endpoint detection and response (EDR), and SIEM capabilities, using machine learning to detect abnormal threats and reduce the need for endless log searches. By combining the capabilities of these solutions, Rapid7 can give administrators with incident detection and response, monitoring, and endpoint visibility for modern cybersecurity requirements.

Cloud SIEM InsightIDR

When it comes to current SIEM services, security teams are relying on cloud analytics to address serious issues and respond quickly. Teams may focus more on three use cases using cloud-based SIEM:

Unification of data

With an increasing amount of people accessing data from a variety of places, using a cloud-based SIEM to analyze and gather user behavior information at scale may save time and money.

Proactive threat detection

Cloud-based SIEMs with proactive threat detection may apply critical security analytics to endpoint telemetry data. This enables the product to correctly identify malicious behaviors that necessitate a prompt response.

Response and automation

For security teams aiming to improve their efficiency, automating manual or repetitive operations can make a big impact. Combining a cloud SIEM with a security orchestration, automation, and response (SOAR) system can aid in this situation.

Insight IDR diagram

How Does InsightIDR Work?

Alert management, like other SIEM systems, is crucial for administrator visibility. When network administrators are informed, they may use the behavioral analytics engine to examine affected individuals, associated hashes, domains, and URLs, and compare components to global sources. Clients may spend less time on extra threat intelligence and respond faster and more effectively when the event timeline is provided and broken down for administrators. Administrators can focus on proactive threat hunting while security analysts create automated policies that match network demands for often mentioned behavior.

InsightIDR Dashboard

Features and Benefits

InsightIDR comes with the following tools and features:

  • User and entity behavior analytics (UEBA)
  • Endpoint detection and response (EDR)
  • Centralized log management
  • Network traffic analysis (NDR)
  • Automated policy capabilities
  • File integrity monitoring (FIM)

InsightIDR is often regarded as a suitable alternative to traditional or on-premises SIEM solutions. Clients have access to Rapid7’s managed detection and response (MDR) capabilities in addition to InsightIDR, even if they are not managed services customers. Time to value is 79 percent faster and Deployment and baseline take two weeks on average. It can provide reduced incident management efforts by 38% thus responding faster. False positives are reduced by 27% and have high-quality alerting to identify evolving attacker behavior and comply with multiple compliance regulations with streamlined case management.

Quick Start Services and Ease of Implementation

Clients consistently praise Rapid7’s deployment process for its speed, seamless transition, and technical support for any organization that needs to protect an expanding network quickly. Rapid7’s Quick Start Services allow businesses to relax while the vendor delivers up to 1,000 assets remotely each day. Agents are installed on network devices, configured properly, validated, and capable of demonstrating incident detection workflows during this time. Administrators streamline the deployment process for corporations using a four-step methodology.

  • Architecture: Identifies agents’ network resources and connectivity requirements.
  • Configuration: Set up event sources, agents, and systems, as well as deploy Collectors.
  • Knowledge Transfer: Train users on the dashboard, alerts, log searches, and more.
  • Review: Talk about custom logs, automation, and network traffic analysis and how to put them in place.

Pricing and Flexible Choices

The base plan for InsightIDR starts at $5.61 per asset per month, or $2,807 per month for InsightIDR Advanced, which covers 500 assets. In addition to the product capabilities, plans include unlimited user accounts, shared data across tools, near-instant visibility, SSO, 24/7 technical support, and Rapid7’s community-built extensions. Before the subscription renews annually, interested companies can experience InsightIDR for free for 30 days. On request, custom quotes are available.

Rapid7 offers a variety of detection and response solutions to meet the needs of different types of businesses. These include:

  • InsightIDR:  cloud SIEM that detects and responds to modern attacks.
  • Managed Detection and Response: A managed SOC is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • InsightConnect: Security orchestration and automation solution.

Rapid7 also provides a variety of deployment and incident response services. To surpass your security goals and remain ahead of attackers, you can use any of these solutions individually or in combination.


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