I run an incident response, digital forensics team for OpenText. We do investigations into cyber breaches, insider threats, network exploitation, etc. We leverage Devo as a central repository to bring in customer logging in a multi-tenant environment to conduct analysis and investigations. We have a continuous monitoring customer for whom we stream all of their logging in on sort of a traditional Devo setup. We build out the active boards, dashboards, and everything else. The customer has the ability to review it, but we review it as well, acting as a security managed service offering for them. We use Devo in traditional ways and in some home grown ways. For example, if there is a current answer response, I need to see what's going on in their environment. Currently, I'll stream logs from the syslog into Devo and review those. For different tools that we use to do analytics and forensics, we'll parse those out and send that up to Devo as well. We can correlate things across multiple forensic tools against log traffic, network traffic, and cloud traffic. We can do it all with Devo. It's all public cloud, multi-factor authentication, and multi-tenant. We have multiple tenants built in as different customers, labs, etc. Devo has us set up in their cloud, and we leverage their instance. We are using their latest version.
Our primary use of Devo is as a SIEM, and then as a big-data platform. We do store a lot of data centrally, using the solution, and then we analyze it. The main purpose of the analysis is for security, to detect attacks, abnormalities, and to get an overall view of the health of the network. We deploy it on-premise. Devo mainly deploys in the cloud, but that's just not possible with our security policy.
It's a per gigabyte cost for ingestion of data. For every gigabyte that you ingest, it's whatever you negotiated your price for. Compared to other contracts that we've had for cloud providers, it's significantly less.
I'm not involved in the financial aspect, but I think the licensing costs are similar to other solutions. If all the solutions have a similar cost, Devo provides more for the money. Because we are running an in-house solution, there is the extra cost for us, when compared to the cloud, in maintaining our own hardware, and the level-one and -two support we are doing. But we feel we won't need consultants in the future, which we needed with Splunk where we paid extra for a more defined platform and doing the work. Devo is very well-documented and the platform is very open.
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