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Aug 10, 2017 Always Assume You're Compromised and Other Lessons from India's Creditseva Data Breach

This week, a credit service in India called Creditseva suffered a data breach which exposed details of some 48,000 citizens – including driver’s licenses, home addresses and credit reports. The company was notified by Kromtech security researchers of the breach when they noticed the information on an insecure Amazon S3 bucket.

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Jul 31, 2017 What is a multi-cloud environment and how do I secure it?
You may have heard the phrase multi-cloud environment and wondered what it was, do you have it and maybe even thought: whoa, that sounds like a security nightmare.
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Mar 29, 2016

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)

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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.

Events

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Jul 27, 2017 Bridge the Gap Between Your Risk & Network Teams to Reduce Risk
Recent cyberattacks such as Wannacry and Petya magnify the need to make risk and vulnerability management a top priority for organizations.  Combine that with a network security posture that is too open from years of access changes and little policy cleanup, organizations are more at risk now than at any time in history. 
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Jun 29, 2017 The Hybrid Cloud Reality: Managing Security in Private, Public & On-Premises Environments
In a recent study, 90% of IT security practitioners reported that their organization has adopted or plans to adopt a cloud solution. Cloud is now.
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Jun 22, 2017 La vida del firewall: administración constante y automatizada del ciclo de vida de las políticas

El nuevo paradigma de la automatización es la “Administración del Ciclo de Vida”

 

Te mostraremos cómo FireMon Intelligent Policy Automation utiliza la tecnología de automatización e inteligencia para reducir el esfuerzo e incrementar la eficacia en cada etapa del proceso de cambios.
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Jun 06, 2017 Top 5 Risks of "Dirty" Firewalls
Firewall rules are notoriously complex and voluminous in nature. Even small organizations have multiple firewalls and significant complexity. But large organizations are overwhelmed.
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News

Jun 07, 2017
Qakbot malware from 2009 returns, causes Active Directory lockouts
SC Magazine UK
Jun 06, 2017
Botched security: Celebrities, other patients, affected after plastic surgery files are breached and stolen
SC Magazine
Jun 06, 2017
Election cyberattack proves people are still the biggest flaw
SearchSecurity
Jun 01, 2017
250K Photos Leaked in Cosmetic Surgery Extortion Attack
Info Security
Jun 01, 2017
OneLogin Breach Reignites Concerns over Password Managers
Dark Reading
Jun 01, 2017
OneLogin Breach Reignites Concerns over Password Managers
Dark Reading
May 29, 2017
How to manage the Complexity Gap
IT Pro Portal
May 26, 2017
Hackers upgrading malware to 64-bit code to evade detection
SC Magazine UK
May 25, 2017
83 percent of security staff waste time fixing other IT problems
Betanews
May 24, 2017
Unsanctioned Computer Support Costs Companies $88K per Year
Dark Reading
May 23, 2017
WannaCry Successor Is New ‘Doomsday’ SMB Worm That Uses 7 NSA Hacking Tools
Information Security Buzz
May 23, 2017
WannaCry? Not really. A report from the 11th Eskenzi PR IT Analyst and CISO Forum
Computer Weekly
May 18, 2017
Cisco Warns Of Un-Patchable WannaCrypt Vulnerabilities
Information Security Buzz
May 16, 2017
Here comes the cloud...and it's all right
SC Magazine
May 15, 2017
10 ways cyber security will evolve in the face of growing threats
Information Age
May 12, 2017
Managing Complexity Is No. 1 Security Challenge in FireMon’s Annual State of the Firewall Report
Computing Security
May 12, 2017
Sabre Breach
Information Security Buzz
May 12, 2017
FireMon Announces Industry’s First Intelligent Cloud Security Management Solution
IT Security Guru
May 12, 2017
FireMon Releases Third Annual State of the Firewall Report
Dark Reading
May 12, 2017
WikiLeaks drops 'Grasshopper' documents, part four of its CIA Vault 7 files
Wired
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