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The Hoot - Episode 22 - Humio at Vijilan with Kevin Nejad, Founder and CEO

How Humio’s unlimited real-time data transforms Vijilan’s SOC

April 17th, 2020

Kevin Nejad, CEO and founder of Vijilan joins John to talk about security and how adopting Humio transformed the SOC services his company provides for MSPs.

Listen to the podcast: The Hoot - Episode 22 - Humio at Vijilan with Kevin Nejad

Kevin begins the conversation by discussing how he started his career as a special investigator for incident response teams. He tells us a bit about how he was doing cyber threat hunting before it was called ‘threat hunting.’ Kevin expanded his experience in the security space, assisting with the development of a SEM, effectively working on a SIEM before SIEMs were defined.

Kevin provides advice for new entries into the security field, emphasizing the importance of specializing and cultivating a deep understanding of the technology involved. He shares more advice and his thoughts on the industry on the Vijilan blog: https://www.vijilan.com/author/kevinnejad.

We discuss the major challenges facing the modern security community – finding talented engineers and dealing with the infrastructure strain of log volumes that triple or even quadruple year-to-year.

We address how implementing Humio helped Vijilan respond to these growing volumes of data and eliminate blind spots.

"Previously we had to be selective with the data we included. With Humio we can include anything. It gives us insight that we never had before. Within a few hours of setting it up and implementing it, our guys were blown away by the power and the simplicity of Humio. We couldn’t have found a better tool to deal with the large amounts of data we are collecting today.”

Kevin shares how Humio helped Vijilan not only meet the demands of this growing volume, but prepared his company for years of similar growth while immediately opening the doors to new clients he wouldn’t have been able to accept using his previous logging solution.

“Unfortunately, we didn’t find Humio earlier. Now that we have it, it opens up these opportunities.”

We wrap up our conversation with Kevin explaining why Vijlan chose Humio, noting how it was the only viable option of the logging solutions they tested.

“We’ve tested 6-7 of them. Some are great, but our business use case is very specific. Humio was the only tool that could meet our requirements - it was powerful enough, scalable, robust, and flexible to meet our demand, and tomorrow’s demand."

Hear more about how Humio transformed how Vijilan works, affecting everyone from their finance team to their clients by listening to the full podcast.

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