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FireMon 8.22: Enhanced Security and Expanded Automation & Compatibility
Jul 19, 2018
With the release of v8.22 the goal is to increase your team's efficiency while improving FireMon’s usability, enhancing operational security and stability, expanding automation, and…
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;…








Immediate Insight KnowledgeBase - Data Collection

Centralizing Windows Logs in JSON with Security Analytics



In this post I will show how you can centralize your enterprise-wide Windows logs with zero cost and via one agent to Immediate Insight - security analytics for data discovery. We will output the logs in JSON (they show up a lot more rich than any other method that I have used - a huge improvement over Snare and others). You will use Microsoft's Windows Event Collector to centralize all of your Windows logs in your domain to one server and NXLog Community Edition to send those logs in JSON format over TCP syslog to Immediate Insight. Immediate Insight's Elasticsearch backend and built-in analytics make hunting, incident response, and general troubleshooting and triage extremely fast, easy, and straightforward.

Setup the Log Sending Hosts

On each log sending Windows server:

Enable the Windows Remote Management Service on the Windows servers that will be sending logs to your central Windows server.

Get to a command prompt and type winrm quickconfig - in this example my Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard x64 server was already setup.

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Head to the Local Users and Groups and edit the Event Log Readers group to include the server that will be running Windows Event Collector to centralize the Windows logs (you will need to edit the Object Types to include Computers in order to find the computer successfully).

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Head to the Windows Firewall configuration section in Settings and go to Allowed apps - edit as shown to allow only domain-based access to your events.

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Setup Your Central Windows Log Repository

On the server that will run Windows Event Collector:

Enable the Windows Event Collector service on the Windows server that you are going to use to centralize all of your Windows logs.

Get to a command prompt and type wecutil qc and follow up with a y for yes to finish configuring the service.

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Open Event Viewer on the Windows Event Collector server - go to Subscriptions and select Create Subscription...

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Now - edit the Subscription Properties:

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Give your subscription a name (mine is Remote Windows Event Log Collection. Set the destination log to Forwarded Events. Hit the radio button for collector initiated - then select the computers/servers that it is to collect logs from (alternatively, you can also use Group Policy to set it up so each source Windows log server sends logs).

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Under events to collect - hit the Select Events... button. My settings are shown. If you have a lot of servers, you may want to setup multiple collectors (or perhaps use the aforementioned source computer log send via GPO).

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The system warns you that you're being a bit ambitious. :)

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Hit the Advanced... button and verify that the User Account radio button is set to Machine Account. Set the Event Delivery Optimization to Minimize Latency. You should be done configuring your subscription/collector.

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Check the status of your subscription as shown:

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Pop into the Forwarded Events view and you should see logs populating in from your servers.

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Setup the JSON TCP Syslog Sender

Now, install NXLog Community Edtion - the default setup is fine. You will edit the nxlog.conf file located in C:Program Files (x86)

xlog to customize how your logs are sent. I have two tested and working conf files available for download here (you will want to edit the settings to match your environment). One is for logging in JSON format to disk and one is for sending in JSON format over TCP syslog to Immediate Insight (which is what I'm using for this blog - and it is shown below).

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Restart the service once you have successfully edited your conf file - check the NXLog log (heh) at C:Program Files (x86)

xlogdata

xlog.log - you should see a message like below and start to see logs in your Immediate Insight.

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The logs come in nicely via JSON in Immediate Insight:

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Now for the fun stuff - using Immediate Insight's built-in security analytics (to bubble up interesting information in your data) and extremely fast search to explore your data with ease.

Tie it Together with Analytics

Association Analytics

This looks at frequency in your data - what is happening frequently and infrequently in several categories - along with doing automatic geolocation on all IP addresses upon data ingestion. Find outliers and explore them rapidly.

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Event Clusters

This takes all of your data for the given time period that you're analyzing and places it in buckets based on the commonality within said data. A way for humans like yourself to use your business intelligence to analyze a large data set very quickly.

Common:

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Unusual:

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Activity and Change

You can also take a look at your data sets and compare them to other periods of time - how do they differ from the last hour, yesterday, etc. and what's new, missing, unchanged, and what is trending up and down...highlighting the anomalous very quickly.

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Cohort Analysis

Guilt by association - what other data points has the data that you're looking at interacted with in the period that you're investigating?

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Next: Sysmon Integration for Sexier Data

Thanks for reading. In my next post - I will take a look at how we can use Windows Sysinternals' Sysmon to make your Windows logs far sexier - logging things like process creation, hashes (SHA1, MD5, SHA256, or IMPHASH), loading of drivers and DLLs, disk/volume raw access, network connections, change in file creation time, and more! Create a force multiplier by using that information along with Immediate Insight's security analytics...

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.

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Aug 16, 2018 10:00 am - 11:00 am CDT Migrating to the Cloud? Don’t Forget Your Firewalls
Running workloads in the cloud gets rid of a lot of work and some risk but you might be surprised how many firewalls you’ll end up with in the cloud if you follow best practice.
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Jul 31, 2018 Executing Consistent Security Policy Across a Multi-Cloud Environment
The cloud is a notable business advantage, but it does bring numerous security concerns including: a lack of visibility across cloud or between on-premises and cloud environments, monitoring security controls and changes within cloud and multi-cloud environments, and maintaining compliance by monitoring cloud traffic for suspicious and non-compliant behavior.
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Jul 26, 2018 The Time for Intent-Based Security is Here
In this session, we will explore strategies for defining security intent and reveal how to take IBNS from a great idea on paper to a great idea in practice.
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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:

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  2. Measuring security effectiveness
  3. Monitoring data protection
  4. Orchestrating persistent compliance
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Hybrid Cloud Security: Minding the Gap
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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:

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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
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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
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Risk Solved: Automated, Real-Time Risk Analysis & Remediation
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Real-Time Data Triage
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Bridging the SIEM Alert Triage Gap
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How Intelligent Policy Automation Can Increase the Speed & Security of Change Management Workflows
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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.

Overcoming the Complexity Gap
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Firewall Sprawl
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Quantifying the Value of Intelligent Security Management
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Network Security Analytics Brings Data-Driven Security Into the 21st Century
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Automate Zero Trust Policy and Enforcement
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The Return on Security of FireMon’s Security Manager
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