Security Information & Event Management (SIEM) , Security Operations , Video

Sumo Logic CEO on Using Data to Improve Security Posture

Ramin Sayar Shares Strategies for More SOC Automation and Infrastructure Visibility
Ramin Sayar, president and CEO, Sumo Logic

Sumo Logic has sharpened its ability to help customers of all sizes improve their security posture since going public two years ago, says President and CEO Ramin Sayar.

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The Silicon Valley-based SaaS machine data analytics company has found that enterprises want to drive more automation in the SOC, while small to midsized clients seek more visibility into the infrastructure supporting users and applications, Sayar says. Sumo Logic has advanced its vision since the IPO by purchasing SOAR provider DFLabs in March 2021 and full-stack monitoring platform Sensu in June 2021, Sayar says (see: Modernization of Security Operations).

"We believe that there are far too few security practitioners, and we're trying to help them - not only with our analytics and technology but also connecting them more effectively to developers and applications upstream to remediate and fix issues themselves versus having to catch it downstream and secure it then," Sayar says.

In this video interview with Information Security Media Group, Sayar also discusses:

  • What makes Sumo Logic's approach to SIEM different from its competitors;
  • How customers have benefited from the DFLabs and Sensu buys;
  • The top challenges organizations face in security operations.

Sayar has 20 years of industry experience as a strategic and operating leader of both small and large organizations and a strong track record of developing innovative products in both emerging and mature markets. He joined Sumo Logic from VMware, where he formulated strategy and led the development of the industry's leading private cloud management products. Cloud management became VMware's fastest-growing business unit, with nearly $1 billion in revenue during his almost five-year tenure. Previously, Sayar held executive roles at leading enterprises, including vice president of products and strategy at HP Software, senior director of products at Mercury Software, director of products and solutions at TIBCO, product line marketing manager at iPlanet Software and product line marketing manager at Netscape.

About the Author

Michael Novinson

Michael Novinson

Managing Editor, Business, ISMG

Novinson is responsible for covering the vendor and technology landscape. Prior to joining ISMG, he spent four and a half years covering all the major cybersecurity vendors at CRN, with a focus on their programs and offerings for IT service providers. He was recognized for his breaking news coverage of the August 2019 coordinated ransomware attack against local governments in Texas as well as for his continued reporting around the SolarWinds hack in late 2020 and early 2021.

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