Data Diodes & SIEM Platforms:
A Synergistic Combination
Critical infrastructure organizations have a need to securely transfer data from operational technology (OT) networks to SIEM platforms for comprehensive monitoring, analysis, and threat intelligence. Many organizations are implementing 24/7/365 threat monitoring and leverage SIEM platforms to consolidate data into actionable information. The main challenge organizations face is securely sharing data from OT networks with the SIEM platform. Because OT networks must have the highest level of security to prevent threats from entering, firewalls alone no longer suffice as a mechanism to share data due to the threats they can introduce. That is why organizations deploy hardware-enforced data diode solutions to securely share data with a SIEM platform.
Share Data Securely
Critical infrastructure organizations deploy data diodes to securely share data with SIEM platforms due to the secure, hardware-enforced nature of the solution. Owl data diodes are hardware-based electronic devices designed with two separate circuits–one send-only, and one receive-only–which physically constrains the transfer of data to one direction only and forms an “air gap” between the source and destination networks. This enables organizations to transfer data one-way out of OT to a SIEM platform securely for monitoring and investigation, without introducing risk to the OT network.
How it Works
multiple source networks to a single SIEM platform with a data diode between the connections
critical OT data with a SIEM platform through a hardware-enforced data diode
OT data from multiple source networks within a SIEM platform without the risk of threats gaining access to those network
SIEM Vendors Supported
Owl & Splunk Use Case
Owl and Splunk have a collaborative technology partnership and the Owl data diode add-on solution is confirmed to comply with Splunk’s approved architecture. The Owl and Splunk solution is tested and operational in multiple field installations. Special use cases like multiline events and long messages are supported. The use case diagram below showcases multiple source networks sharing data with the Splunk Indexer. The data from each independent source network travels through a secure, hardware-enforced data diode, to the WAN Network, and then to the destination Splunk Indexer. This enables organizations to share data from multiple networks with one SIEM platform. With data diodes deployed at the edge of the source networks, data can flow one-way out to the Splunk Indexer, without the risk of threats coming back into the source network. There are various architectures that can be supported. If you are interested in discussing your use case, please contact us and we are happy to determine the best architecture with you.
Securely Monitor OT Assets
One SIEM License for Multi-Site Deployments
Easy Management & Installation
Maintain Air-Gapped Architecture
Long Technology Lifespan
Check out how critical infrastructure organizations are implementing data diode technology with SIEM platforms.
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