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25. Apr 2017 Strengthening Defenses Against Cyber Attacks: Healthcare Edition
Recently, the medical sector has become a prime target for data breaches due to several factors. Being in a retail-like environment doesn’t help as would-be hackers have easy access to healthcare computers and medical equipment with patient data. Complicating matters, healthcare employees are often on the road or in motion and can leave behind devices containing patient information in a vehicle, for example. Thankfully, there are a few solutions to avoid accidents within this environment.
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20. Apr 2017 Shrinking the Complexity Gap
Security teams are under tremendous pressure these days. Data breaches are rising across all industries, and the average total cost of a data breach is a whopping $4 million. Regulators have put compliance requirements in place to try and minimize these breaches, but that has just led to an overabundance of resources thrown at the problem, with very little to show for it at the end.
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05. Apr 2016Enhance 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.


    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:


      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.


      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:


      Define the query filter to grab the Sysmon events:


      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.).


      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:


      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:


      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):


    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.


    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?


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


    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?


    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:


    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.



    27. Apr 2017 The Life of a Firewall: Seamless, Automated Rule Lifecycle Management

    So you’ve purchased a new firewall. Now what?

    You’ve got to decide which access is allowed, which isn’t allowed and whether or not rules are compliant with internal and regulatory standards.

    Things are running along smoothly and then the dreaded “change.” A user submits a new access request and the fun begins. Is this access necessary? Safe? Compliant? And what happens when it’s time to retire unused rules?

    19. Apr 2017 Closing the Complexity Gap

    How Effective Security Management Can Help Teams Cover the Exponentially Increasing Gap between Technology & the Resources Available to Manage It

    Security teams today are under tremendous pressure due to the rising frequency and impact of breaches and a business that wants to move faster and faster. The answer to both of these challenges has always been to add more technology and staff resources.

    However, each new technology added creates complexity. More rules are created and more data is generated. As networks continue to evolve, this complexity will only grow. And while staff resources may increase, they will never match the exponential growth of technology.

    FireMon calls this phenomenon The Complexity Gap and has set out to help security teams close it.

    Join us for this webinar with Frost & Sullivan where we’ll explore the causes of “The Gap” and how workforce multipliers such as intelligence and automation help staff manage their security more efficiently and more effectively.

    30. Mar 2017 Data Orchestration for Incident Response
    The biggest challenge security teams face when it comes to the alert triage process is preparing the data for analysis. Analysts can spend 80% of their time or more just to assemble the data to answer the question of whether an alert is a false positive or real incident.

    Immediate orchestrates the data assembly process, freeing up critical time and resources to actually respond to identified events.

    Join us for this webinar to learn how you can streamline the incident response process by orchestrating data assembly from a variety of disparate, external sources, including:
    - FireMon Security Manager
    - Palo Alto Networks AutoFocus
    - VirusTotal
    - Packet Capture
    - Threat Intelligence Feeds
    - And more!
    07. Mar 2017 Prepare su red para cumplir con la Ley de Protección de Datos

    En la actualidad, uno de los retos principales es preparar las redes de seguridad, no sólo para enfrentar las amenazas, sino también para enfrentar los cumplimientos. El día 26 de enero se publicó en el Diario Oficial la LEY GENERAL DE PROTECCIÓN DE DATOS PERSONALES EN POSESIÓN DE SUJETOS OBLIGADOS.

    ¿Está tu red preparada?
    ¿Cuentas con los procesos necesarios para el cumplimiento?

    En esta era digital los datos personales de nuestros clientes y proveedores pasan por una red y se almacenan en una base de datos. Éstos, por ley, deben protegerse por medio de sistemas y procesos. Uno de los objetivos de esta ley es establecer las condiciones de tratamiento de datos personales y fomentar la cultura de protección.

    La Ley de protección de datos es mucho más que un simple aviso de privacidad; esta ley describe derechos y obligaciones que de incumplirse pueden ser penalizados. Asiste a este Webinar para conocer más y prepararte. Te mostraremos:

    • Cómo puedes preparar tu infraestructura y procesos para cumplir con la nueva ley
    • Cómo puedes automatizar el seguimiento continuo
    • Cómo puedes centralizar la documentación necesaria para una auditoria


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    26. Oct 2016
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    26. Oct 2016
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    25. Oct 2016
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    24. Oct 2016
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    21. Jul 2016
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