Todyl and Compliance Reporting: SIEM

Zach DeMeyer
June 28, 2024

Cybersecurity compliance regulations demand that organizations meet standards set by their industry and/or government. Doing so is no easy feat, requiring a full-scope review of the organization’s security program among other aspects of their IT landscape. Although having the required controls in place is critical, being able to report on them all proves most useful during the audit process.

Todyl Managed Cloud SIEM, or Security Information and Event Management, enables you to effectively collect, contextualize, and report on data across your IT environment. As such, it is an ideal solution for compliance reporting. Let’s explore how you can use Todyl SIEM to facilitate your next audit.

What is Todyl Managed Cloud SIEM?

When reporting in compliance audits, organizations must be able to show the efficacy of their security approach across their entire IT ecosystem. Simply put, SIEM is the best way to do so.

Todyl SIEM ingests and retains data from every aspect of your environment, starting at the endpoint and extending to the network and every point in between. Armed with this data, SIEM correlates and contextualizes information regarding potential vulnerabilities and threats that may exist within the organization.

Because it sources data from across the organization, SIEM gives you insight into virtually every attack vector facing your organization. The contextualization engine groups together related alerts to establish cases that make understanding ongoing events straightforward.

In practice, this helps IT and security teams understand and quickly drill into issues within their environment. It also facilitates pulling reports for incident response and audits.

SIEM’s impact on compliance reporting

In many compliance regulations, clearly defined processes for incident response and other security practices are key to meeting requirements. Additionally, most compliance frameworks have specific demands regarding data retention: usually at least 90 days of “hot” searchable storage and up to 7 years of “warm” retrievable storage. Here are a few examples:

  • HIPAA: Min. 6 years retention
  • ISO 27001: Min. 3 years retention
  • NIST 800-171 (CMMC): Min. 90 days searchable, 1 year retrievable retention
  • PCI DSS: Min. 1 year retention
  • SOX: Min. 7 years retention

With Todyl SIEM, you can instantly source comprehensive reports that detail the full scope of your incident response, from initial detection to remediation. Since it’s a managed cloud SIEM, it natively features multiple pre-built dashboards of key alerts and event information to simplify the process. Drag and drop widgets make it easy to create tailored reports to further detail findings and efficacy to auditors.

Todyl SIEM offers variable data retention periods of up to 5 years of searchable storage. That way, you can pull logs to show auditors how your security program has evolved and drill into past incidents as necessary. This streamlines your audit processes, freeing time for you to focus on other pressing matters without compromising on security and compliance.

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Using Todyl SIEM, you can effectively and efficiently report on your organization's security posture and meet compliance requirements. Because of its integrability and extensibility, Todyl SIEM sources comprehensive insights that keep you informed on the full scope of your IT environment.

Learn how one MSP used Todyl SIEM and the rest of the platform to achieve CMMC compliance here.

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