Within USF’s Information Technology Department, the Information Security and Compliance (ISC) group is tasked with the enormous challenge of providing security strategy, assessment and risk consultation as well as compliance monitoring and auditing across the university. Previously, ISC staff were concerned about the university’s security posture and its ability to protect against and prevent phishing attempts and security breaches. USF recognizes the need to protect valuable personally identifiable information (PII), such as Social Security numbers and credit card data.
Nick Recchia, ISC director and information security officer, explains that as the university underwent a technology transformation, the group sought a SIEM solution that would enable the department to be more proactive in preventing security breaches. Additionally, USF required a solution that could ensure PCI requirements were met, and that would promote security operations transparency among university executives and staff.
“We evaluated a handful of SIEM solutions and created a matrix to compare them against one another. There were several similar features and opportunities among them, but there were also big differences,” Recchia explains. “Splunk’s turnkey cloud offering and hybrid option makes it magnitudes better than any of the others.”