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Securing the Supply Chain with Security Policy Management
Dec 11, 2017
With the latest BCI Supply Chain Resiliency Report revealing that some of the top causes of supply chain disruption are cyberattacks and data breaches, and with global supply…
Why FireMon Continues to Dominate NPSM - Part 2: Real-Time Monitoring
Dec 05, 2017
In Part 1, we looked at how any solution that closes the Complexity Gap require Performance At Scale. If an organization is going to wrap…
Gartner’s Recommendations for Security Policy Configuration Assessment Part…
Nov 28, 2017
In Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 of this series we saw how to implement Gartner’s first three recommendations for security configuration assessments (SCAs).…
Gartner’s Recommendations for Security Policy Configuration Assessment Part…
Nov 22, 2017
In this series, we're looking at the essential parts of a Security Configuration Assessment (SCA).  Let’s continue the dialogue and look at the other recommendations…








Immediate Insight KnowledgeBase - Data Collection

Enhance Windows Anomaly Detection with Sysmon



In my last post I covered how you can centralize your Windows logs on one system, send them as JSON for full detail, and use Immediate Insight's fast search and analytics to investigate alerts and discover the unknown. Now - let's take it a step further and use Sysinternals' Sysmon to capture rich details from your workstations and servers. Details like process creation/termination, file creation, driver load, network connections, and more. All of this data can then be rapidly queried, correlated, and alerted upon within Immediate Insight.

    1. Download Sysmon - I personally place all of my utilities in a folder called C:Util and then I add that folder to the system's path as shown below.


      Immediate-Insight-Environment-variables

    2. You're now ready to install and configure Sysmon for your environment. This component requires some planning - as Sysmon generates a ton of log data. However, the quality of that data is quite high - so you'll want to balance the configuration between your storage retention capabilities and your security requirements.You can also chose to just load a quick default configuration:

      Immediate-Insight-Admin-command-prompt

      sysmon -i - accepteula -h md5 -n -l

      The above installs Sysmon as a service (so it will survive reboots) and will collect data on the loading of modules, log network connections, and record MD5 hashes for any processes created.

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      If you want to get more in-depth: here are links to two Sysmon configuration XML files that you can review and edit on your own, conveniently pre-configured for both servers and workstations. They are excellent starting points.

    3. Create a subscription for collecting remote Sysmon events (very much like what you did in the last blog post for standard Windows logs).

      Select the computers from where you want to collect the Sysmon data:

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      Define the query filter to grab the Sysmon events:

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      Unfortunately, by default, Windows Event Collector will be unable to access the Sysmon logs in the same way as it does standard logs (Application, Security, System, etc.).

      Immediate-Insight-subscription-runtime-status

      You will need to set additional permissions. For each server or workstation that will be running Sysmon and centralizing those logs you will need to add the Network Service local account and the event collector local computer account into the Event Log Readers local group:

      Immediate-Insight-event-log-readers

      You will also need to use your domain's (or if you lack a domain - set it locally on each machine) Group Policy Management Editor to give those same two accounts permission to Manage auditing and security log as shown:

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      Finally - reboot each changed machine. Hey - I didn't say this would be completely easy. :)

    4. The end result is great looking Sysmon data coming into your Immediate Insight system in JSON. Here they are under the Microscope in Immediate Insight (a great place to examine your data in great forensic-esque detail):

    Immediate-Insight-microscope

    Use Association Analytics to examine patterns of frequency and infrequency within your dataset - entities, geolocated locations (at time of data ingestion), IP addresses, networks, and more...rapidly investigate what is outside of the normal.

    Immediate-Insight-association-analytics

    Use Event Clusters to investigate a large dataset rapidly - Immediate Insight finds commonality in your data and puts it in buckets so you can find both common and unusual anomalies quickly. What data looks strange?

    Immediate-Insight-event-clusters

    Visualize your data using the Timeline. Look for outliers - spikes in traffic or strange locations (either in the U.S. or in the World).

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    Check Activity & Change to investigate how your data has changed since other periods of time - is traffic significantly higher than a normal Monday at this time? Significantly lower? Dig in! Find new data that wasn't there before - is it just a new system or application coming online or is it something anomalous?

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    Take a look at the Firehose to see the data streaming in live - pause and filter to troubleshoot in real-time when there is an ongoing issue or incident:

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    Thanks for reading - I hope that you found this post useful. Sysmon is an incredibly powerful tool that makes Windows logs substantially more valuable - it is very worth the effort to deploy it where it makes sense within your organization.

    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

    Dec 06, 2017 6 Ways to Evaluate Firewall Change Requests to Ensure Security and Compliance and Prevent Risk Creep
    Firewalls are like Roach Motels – rules check in but they don’t checkout. When you look at a firewall with thousands (or tens of thousands) of rules you have to wonder if they are all still needed. Join Ultimate Windows Security and FireMon to find out how to automate the work flow of firewall change requests, capture and document rule changes, evaluate the impact of rules and compare rules to the characteristics of the actual packets being passed by those rules.
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    Nov 09, 2017 6 Steps for Firewall Assessment for Compliance and Security
    Don’t let the pendulum swings fool you; firewalls are not dead, and the perimeter still matters. But in addition to the perimeter we recognize the need for more internal segmentation to limit lateral movement and protect segregated zones like the red forest. So, we need and probably should have more firewalls than ever.
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    Oct 31, 2017 Think GDPR Doesn't Impact You? Think Again...
    Companies across the globe are scrambling to meet the new compliance directives that are imposed by the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) set to go into effect in 2018. If you’re thinking, “I’m not in the EU, so it doesn’t matter”, think again.
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    Sep 26, 2017 GDPR: Security Management Best Practices You Need to Know
    In this webinar, FireMon’s resident GDPR expert, Tim Woods, will help lay the groundwork for a plan to comply by the 2018 deadline. We’ll also cover the vital role security management plays in protecting data from the start, including these specific capabilities you need to comply with Articles 25, 32, 35 and 58.
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    News

    Sep 05, 2017
    SAO v. SIEM Security Suites: And the winner is...
    TechBeacon
    Aug 30, 2017
    Jimmy Nukebot Explodes on the Scene, Transforming NeutrinoPOS
    Info Security
    Aug 17, 2017
    The Top Security Challenges for 2017
    SC Magazine
    Aug 14, 2017
    Creditseva, KS Enterprises Breaches Highlight Need for Improved Cloud Security
    eSecurity Planet
    Jul 31, 2017
    What is IT governance? A formal way to align IT & business strategy
    CIO.com
    Jul 28, 2017
    How organizations can work toward GDPR compliance
    Information Management
    Jul 09, 2017
    4 Signs Check Point Software's Best Days Are Ahead
    Motley Fool
    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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    Resource Library

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    Analyst Reports

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    Security Manager
    Overview of FireMon’s Flagship Firewall Management Solution
    Policy Planner
    Overview of FireMon’s Change Automation Solution
    Policy Optimizer
    Overview of FireMon’s Rule Recertification Automation Solution
    Risk Analyzer
    Overview of FireMon’s Attack Simulation and Risk Measurement Solution
    Immediate Insight
    Overview of FireMon’s Immediate Insight Solution
    Intelligent Security Management
    Delivering next-generation security management that boosts productivity and accelerates the agility of business
    Intelligent Policy Automation
    Intelligent Policy Automation: Orchestrating Change Management with Speed and Security.
    Hybrid Cloud Management
    Visibility into and control over Cloud Services, including AWS and OpenStack Platforms
    Accelerated Incident Response
    Immediate Insight in action - Orchestration, automation and analytics for data assembly and discovery
    Change Simulation & Risk Scoring
    Proactively reduce risk based upon network exposure and host accessibility
    Check Point Solution Brief
    FireMon solutions and Check Point
    Cisco Solution Brief

    FireMon’s Intelligent Security Management platform enables users with Cisco Systems switches, routers and firewalls (Pix, ASA, FirePower) to work smarter, applying intelligence to the entire security program

    Fortinet Solution Brief
    FireMon solutions for Fortinet
    Juniper Solution Brief
    FireMon solutions for Juniper
    NSX Solution Brief
    FireMon solutions for NSX
    Palo Alto Solution Brief
    FireMon Solutions for Palo Alto
    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
    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.
    Automation Isn't One-Size-Fits-All
    Intelligent Policy Automation
    Intelligent Security Management

    Helping Enterprise Security Teams Improve Resource Efficiency & Reduce Overall Risk Exposure

    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.
    Avoid These 'Bottom Ten' Networking Worst Practices
    Gartner
    Overcoming the Complexity Gap
    Bloor
    When You Can't Patch It, Protect It from the Network
    Gartner
    Firewall Sprawl
    Aberdeen Group
    Quantifying the Value of Intelligent Security Management
    Aberdeen Group
    Security Analytics Brings Data-Driven Security Into the 21st Century
    Forrester
    Automate Zero Trust Policy and Enforcement
    Forrester
    The Return on Security of FireMon’s Security Manager
    IANS
    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
    This national insurance provider had three problems to tackle regarding their firewall policies. First, the number of rules under management was overwhelming staff and processes. They needed to increase visibility and effectiveness of their firewall change request/workflow ticketing process. And they also need help maintaining compliance PCI DSS requirements.
    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.