Effective cybersecurity requires a combination of preventive action and rapid response. Anticipating potential areas of intrusion or abuse is, of course, crucial, but not all threats can be predicted; reacting to events as they occur is often necessary. To make these responses faster, more efficient, and better informed, many cybersecurity and IT managers employ a security information and event management (SIEM) system. The goal of SIEMs is typically to provide information and log data to help professionals keep malicious cybercriminals out, and to provide notification of events for remediation as they occur.

SIEMs combine real-time monitoring capabilities with analysis of log data. They aggregate data from a wide range of sources and tools, correlate the data from events as they occur, send out automated alerts when issues requiring attention arise, and provide a central location to manually analyze event log data. This is an enormously helpful tool for cybersecurity and IT managers, who typically seek to automate processes as much as possible.

That said, many SIEMs focus entirely (or strongly emphasize) network security, and ignore or de-emphasize application security. However, application security information can make a significant impact on the way SIEMs assess risk and provide remediation recommendations for those risks. Identifying which applications are vulnerable (and to what kind of threat) provides data points that can be used by SIEMs to raise or lower alert statuses. For example, if a network server is being attacked in a specific way, and a particular application running on that server is vulnerable to that type of attack, then the SIEM can use that known vulnerability to trigger an automatic risk elevation for that attack. This will help the cybersecurity manager triage the severity of events more efficiently and focus attention on the threats that can exploit the known application vulnerability.

With Code Dx Version 2.3, this integration of application security data is now possible. All of the data reports generated by Enterprise users can now be exported into the Nessus file format, which most SIEMs accept.

While there are many SIEMs that Code Dx can work with, AlienVault is one of the most popular. AlienVault provides an easily understandable, unified platform that can be rapidly set up and deployed. Security events are processed, aggregated, and visualized to ensure that cybersecurity managers can properly address them and remediate threats quickly and efficiently. When the network security data aggregated by AlienVault is combined with the application security data provided by Code Dx, cybersecurity and IT professionals have ready access to the critical, detailed information that is necessary to secure their organization’s (and their clients’) data — all in one place.

Code Dx Version 2.3’s integration with SIEMs like AlienVault demonstrates our continued commitment to making application security assessment as accessible and comprehensive as possible. Existing AlienVault users now have the opportunity to include robust application security data in their current monitoring system, and Code Dx users can likewise easily correlate the same data to network security threats using a simple user interface.