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State of Network Security: Intent-Based Network Security
Jul 17, 2018
The rise of microservices will continue to exponentially increase the number of virtual endpoints that need to be secured. But once the intent behind a…
Intent-Based Network Security Automation and Orchestration
May 14, 2018
In this post, we're going to cover automation and orchestration. We actually just started analyzing the results from our State of the Firewall 2018 research;…
Intent-Based Network Security - How to Turn Intent into Enforcement
May 03, 2018
In our last blog, we talked about what exactly intent-based network security (IBNS) is – and the first step to getting started, i.e. mapping. Here, we're…
How to take the first step toward intent-based network security
Apr 26, 2018
Intent-based network security helps with several areas of top concern for enterprise security leaders - software-defined networking, new application deployment, moving applications across platforms and…








Immediate Insight KnowledgeBase - Use Cases

Anatomy of an Immediate Insight Proof-of-Concept



Background

Today’s reality for IT Security and Operations teams is there are more activities to be performed than there are hours in the day. Before evaluating any product it’s helpful to understand the scope of effort and time required to evaluate a product’s value to your organization. This document describes the typical process, and timeline, for evaluating Immediate Insight. It normally takes 60 minutes for preparation and installation. After the installation and a minimal data collection period, the system is available for users to ask questions of their data and follow the non-obvious associations across data silos.

Typical Process and Timeline

Immediate

Preparation for the PoC (30 minutes)

  • Provision a VM; recommended base configuration - 8 vCPU, 32GB RAM, minimum 500GB storage.
  • Identify data sources, anything human readable (common sources include firewall logs, IDS logs, proxy logs, web server logs, application logs, packet captures – pcap, netflow).
    • Data already written to a central data store (I.E. SIEM)
    • Syslog data
    • Any data streamed over a port
    • JSON or XML data via http post
    • Drag and drop data

Installation process (30 minutes)

The basic steps to getting started:

  1. Download the Immediate Insight appliance from FireMon (contact iisales@firemon.com if you need a link).
  2. Follow the installation instructions provided by FireMon.
  3. Connect Some Data Sources.
    • Access data from a file share
      • Mount some network shares that have log files the system can follow:
        • sudo vi /etc/fstab
        • add a mount line such as:
          • //servername/sharename /media/logs cifs username=user,password=pwd 0 0
        • /media/logs is the default mount point, already configured and ready
        • mount it: ‘sudo mount -a’
      • Syslog streams
        • Configure syslog data sources with Immediate Insight IP address as a destination.
        • Immediate Insight listens on port 514 (both UDP and TCP) by default.
      • Pipe data to a TCP or UDP port
        • Immediate Insight listens on TCP port 3000 by default.
        • For data streamed on custom port, access the DataFlow interface to configure additional Immediate Insight collectors.
      • Netflow sources
        • Configure netflow data source with Immediate Insight IP address as a destination.
        • Immediate Insight listens on TCP port 2055 by default.
      • Drag & Drop Import
        • Any log file, packet capture (PCAP), Office documents, Outlook PST, configuration files, etc.
        • Bulk import IP reputation data (threat intelligence), CMDB info, and more via CSV: https://www.firemon.com/how-do-i-import-bulk-reputation-data-via-csv/.
          If necessary, you can change any path and port settings from the DataFlow interface.
  4. Confirm data is coming into the system.
    • To determine if data is coming into the system, either search for everything (leave search field blank) in the past hour, view the Dataflow collectors status screen, or use the Firehose to see the incoming data live.
  5. Download the “Situations to Watch” Pinboard from the Immediate Insight Knowledgebase.
    • Available here and upload it to Immediate Insight via the Drag & Drop Import (Import as Blob). The installed Pinboard will provide a sample of commonly used searches.

Data Collection - Let the system run for 24-48 hours, collecting data.

Explore the Data

Once data is in Immediate Insight, simply ask any questions of the data and results are returned very quickly. The following common exploration use cases can help users familiarizing themselves with the system’s capabilities and get users started in extracting actionable insights from their data to improve security and operations.

Common exploration use cases:

  1. Needle finding
    • Leave the search field blank, select the last 24 hours and run a search
    • Select the most unusual to see the events that occur most infrequently in the past 24 hours.
  2. Discovery
    • Search for terms typically associated with problem (i.e. error fail* refuse* deny denied disconnect)
    • Search for addresses of critical infrastructure (Oracle, SAP, Email, etc).
    • Combine the two and search for issues on critical infrastructure.
    • Select timeline to see event volumes over time.
    • Display entities and locations to spot anomalies
    • View the new events when compared to the previous search period.
  3. Location anomalies
    • Leave the search field blank, select the last 24 hours and run a search
    • Select location
    • Select table icon to see all locations ordered by frequency
    • Select a location to see all the associated events
  4. Data anomalies
    • Enter any search, or leave it blank, for the desired timeframe
    • Select most common
    • Select most unusual
    • The common and unusual data clusters are displayed
    • Click through any of the clusters to see a sample of event details. Click on the event detail to pivot search to isolate the cluster. Select events, location, or entities for other views into the data.
  5. New/changed
    • Leave the search field blank, select the last 24 hours and run a search
    • Select trending
    • Select compare to previous period to compare results from past 24 hours to the previous 24 hours.
    • Toggle through trending up, new, missing, etc
  6. Focused then Retrospective
    • Leave the search field blank, select the last 24 hours and run a search
    • Select timeline
    • Select a bar in the timeline to drill in
    • Pivot search on desired entity
    • Select past 7 days
  7. NOT US Locations
    • Enter NOT US in the search field, select the last 24 hours and run a search
    • Select Entities
    • Select any location, addresses, names to pivot search
    • Select + (for AND) and – (for NOT) to create more complex searches
  8. NOT denied AND CN
    • Enter NOT denied AND CN, select the last 24 hours and run a search
    • Pivot search on any internal addresses to see the associated events
    • Pivot, trending, unusual
  9. Firehose
    • Leave the search field blank, select the last 24 hours and run a search
    • Select the follow arrow and select an entity
    • Firehose view shows a live view of all events for the selected events as they happen
  10. Saving searches (bookmarks) and Pinning bookmarks to the board
    • Enter a search query and timeframe and run the search
    • Select add bookmark from the menu on the upper right side of the interface
    • Add guide and category to pin search
    • See pinned searches are displayed on the second pages of the main search screen
  11. Using tagging as an investigative tool
    • Enter a search query
    • Hover over an event of interest and select add note and enter a tag
    • Perform the same on other events of interest and enter the same tag
    • Search for the tag to display all tagged events
    • View entities, locations, trending, and unusual to spot non-obvious common denominators
  12. PCAP analysis
    • Drag and drop PCAP file or exported CSV of PCAP, select use original time for each line to import data in the timeframe of the original event.
    • Enter a tag in the drag and drop tag field to group the data.
    • Enter search query and view most unusual to highlight the less common traces
    • Select entities to see addresses and locations for the packet captures
  13. Using reputation to map data to business importance
    • Select the Reputation menu
    • Enter an address of a critical system (i.e. Oracle server)
    • Add key value pair to identify the server address as part of the Oracle critical infrastructure (for example, field = critical infrastructure; value = Oracle
    • Run a search for Oracle AND error to show all errors reported by the Oracle server.

ImIn-workflow

Jeff, as VP of Product Management for Immediate Insight, is continuing his pursuit of making data analysis more accessible. Jeff cofounded the Immediate Insight data analysis platform, which ws acquired by FireMon in 2015. He leverages 25 years of successes and failures in creating and developing markets, driving product strategy, and leading teams in both startup and public networking and security companies to create a new breed of data analysis required to discover the unknown in today’s mobile, virtual, and cloud-enabled environments.

Events

Webinars

May 10, 2018 Final Countdown: 4 Principles You Need Before GDPR Hits

In this webinar, we’ll show you the principles needed for GDPR success:

  1. Risk-based data protection
  2. Measuring security effectiveness
  3. Monitoring data protection
  4. Orchestrating persistent compliance
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Apr 25, 2018 Monitoring & Performance
In the "real world" most companies are struggling with overwhelming infrastructure complexity, numerous management silos, and a multitude of incompatible management tools. Get the tools to help you identify problems and prevent downtime.
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Apr 12, 2018 How to Stop Writing Firewall Rules and Start Controlling Network Security Based on Your Actual Intent
Join FireMon and Ultimate Windows Security for this free webinar, where we will examine intent-based security and how to apply it to firewall policy and management.
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Mar 21, 2018 How to Scale Network Security for the Modern Age
Traditional security models are all about the current state – but in the current state of cyber-security, by the time new rules are written, they’re obsolete. Resources have changed, topologies have shifted, traffic has evolved, and applications grew new arms and legs.
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Reduce Security Costs
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Intent-based Network Security
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Elasticsearch
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A Primer On Intent-Based Network Security
Intent-based network security (IBNS) decouples intent from implementation. In this model, intent becomes the bedrock of policies and controls, and implementation serves as the device-specific enforcement of the declared security goal.
Hybrid Cloud Security: Minding the Gap
Visibility is often a first step toward cloud security
Gain Control of the Cloud

Cloud technology gives enterprises faster application deployment, instant storage, workload versatility and pricing models that decrease initial capital investment. It is no wonder enterprises are making the move to the cloud.

The Four Factors Necessary For Zero Trust

FireMon helps organizations move towards Zero Trust by providing:

  • Visibility into the network
  • Analysis of network traffic flow and possible breach points
  • Security Intent to determine what’s permissible
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5 Reasons to Implement Security Policy Orchestration and Automation

Reduce your attack surface with a Security Policy Orchestration and Automation solution like FireMon.

Managing Migration Mayhem
Migrations can strike fear into the heart of even the most seasoned security professional. Follow this roadmap for a smooth, successful migration.
Four Ways to Reduce Your Attack Surface

Larger attack surface means more opportunities for cybercriminals to do harm. Learn how FireMon can help you remove exposures before they become exploited.

Why GDPR is Nothing to Fear
A practical (and sometimes philosophical) guide to complying with the General Data Protection Regulation.
Four Key Factors for a Successful Migration

Migrations run the risk of cost overrun, delays and disruption of network service - often due to a lack of personnel and process to efficiently and effectively manage. To ensure a successful migration, consider these four key factors: 1) identifying and removing technical mistakes, 2) removing unused access, 3) refining and organizing what remains and 4) continuous, real-time monitoring.

Top 5 Requirements for Your NSPM Solution
Network Security Policy Management (NSPM) continues to be a difficult practice for organizations the world over. In the last 20 years, network security policies (e.g. firewall rules) have grown by more than 3,500%. Yes, you read that number correctly. Why is that?
Achieving Gartner's Recommendations for Secure Policy Configuration Assessment
Gartner research has uncovered a number of security policy challenges for enterprises. Among these challenges are the typical assessments necessary to fortify policy for compliance and improved security posture.
The Top 4 Myths of Policy Compliance & How to Avoid Non-Compliance
Welcome to the world of overflowing regulations and compliance standards, of evolving infrastructure and the ever-present breach. It's a world where 72% of security and compliance personnel say their jobs are more difficult today than just two years ago.
Planning Considerations for Compliance with GDPR
The GDPR deadline is approaching quickly. If you haven’t started your GDPR journey yet, now is the time.
2017 State of the Firewall
Networking continues to evolve, yet the firewall remains critical to securing today’s enterprises. FireMon is proud to present its 3rd Annual State of the Firewall Report
Firewall Cleanup Recommendations
The implications of firewall policy complexity, why it remains a problem today and how to resolve it.
Risk Solved: Automated, Real-Time Risk Analysis & Remediation
Risk analysis with real-time change configuration is key to managing security risks in your IT infrastructure.
Real-Time Data Triage
Our Immediate Insight platform from FireMon can help organizations overcome the limitations and gaps inherent to the current analytic market.
Bridging the SIEM Alert Triage Gap
Immediate Insight enables security teams to improve event triage and incident response, extending the value of your existing full-featured SIEM.
How Intelligent Policy Automation Can Increase the Speed & Security of Change Management Workflows
Intelligent Policy Automation
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The Top 5 Myths of Data Breaches
Five of the biggest myths that exist about data breaches, and explain how and why they occur.
Firewall Sprawl: Top Four Security Gaps Exposed

Firewall technology has come a long way since its initial, most rudimentary forms. Next-Generation Firewalls (NGFW) are the latest development, and organizations are accelerating adoption to the new technology. But NGFWs aren’t a fix-all solution.

2016 State of the Firewall
2nd Annual State of the Firewall Report based on survey of 600 IT security practitioners.
Using Security Policy And Automation (SPOA) Tools To Reduce The Attack Surface
Attack surfaces have expanded greatly in the past several years, in part because of the amount of new applications coming online via Internet of Things and increasingly connected technology. Organizations have an admittedly tough time keeping up with all the new touchpoints and the rapid expansion of the attack surface. Complete defense is nearly impossible, and many companies struggle with visibility issues, mismatched or misaligned firewall policies, and an inability to comprehensively test the security configurations they do have
The Zero Trust eXtended Ecosystem

Forrester

Forrester’s Zero Trust Model of information security helps teams develop robust prevention, detection and incident response capabilities to protect their company's vital digital business ecosystem. This report will help security pros understand the technologies best suited to empowering and extending their Zero Trust initiatives and will detail how Forrester sees this model and framework growing and evolving.

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Network Security Analytics Brings Data-Driven Security Into the 21st Century
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Large Healthcare Provider
The customer sought a data analysis tool to correlate application data with network and security data to spot service-impacting anomalies. They did not have an accurate picture of interoperability between applications and the underlying infrastructure.
Major Airline
Following a merger with another airline, this customer was left managing a large number of firewalls and routers from different security vendors using a home-grown application.
National Insurance Provider
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Managed Service Provider
Each time this Global MSP engaged a new customer, they had to onboard the firewalls – sometimes hundreds per engagement – into their network. Part of the onboarding process required assessing the policies against internal best practices – a manual, line-by-line process that took an average of 16 hours/firewall and was extremely error-prone.