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Key takeaways from the Open Cybersecurity Schema Format

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One of the most pervasive challenges in the current cybersecurity environment is an overabundance of tooling vendors, all of which produce telemetry or data, often in their own native or nuanced schema or format. As cybersecurity’s visibility has risen in organizations, so has the number of cybersecurity vendors and tools that teams need to integrate, implement and govern. Cybersecurity professionals must spend time getting tools to work together as a cohesive portfolio, which detracts from their efforts to identify and address cybersecurity vulnerabilities and threats.

The problem isn’t going unnoticed. Recently Amazon Web Services (AWS) along with other leaders such as Splunk, CrowdStrike, Palo Alto, Rapid7, and JupiterOne announced the release of the Open Cybersecurity Schema Framework (OCSF) project. The announcement acknowledges the problem of security professionals needing to wrestle with proprietary data formats and outputs rather than their actual roles of risks and threats. This is problematic given the industry is already facing significant workforce challenges, burnout and fatigue. By standardizing on security product schemas and formats, security practitioners can spend more time addressing threats that pose risks to organizations.

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