While much of the cybersecurity market has been focused on preventative solutions over the past decade, Gartner analyst Anton Chuvakin said in a presentation at the Gartner Security and Risk Management Summit that organizations must use security monitoring tools that encompass security information and event management (SIEM). This is especially true for the use of public cloud services, as he said businesses risk losing some control when migrating data. However, they can compensate for this loss by increasing visibility with logs and network traffic monitoring.

While there may be some bandwidth restraints that make it harder to use SIEM, he told the crowd that each manager needs to look at their system to figure out if the tool is ready to collect data which may be in unfamiliar forms. Organizations can also approach security monitoring within a cloud solution of its own, he said, but this could make storage costs much higher.

According to numbers from Gartner, the practice of using cloud based services for security will likely grow, as revenue totaled $19.2 billion in 2012, up 7.9 percent from 2012. Ruggero Contu, research director at Gartner, said security is continuing to be a top requirement for small and midsize businesses everywhere.