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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

How to Get Windows Logs into Immediate Insight

The logsender.ps1 Powershell script will send all logs from $logSrc to Immediate Insight. Unlike many other systems, Windows does not send out logs directly via syslog. Many organizations use agent software (e.g. SNARE) to gather Windows logs, if you have such as solution in place you can forward the logs from that solution to Immediate Insight. However if you don’t have such a solution in place, the free scripts below provide another method to retrieve Windows logs into Immediate Insight.

** Do not use this script for sending Security logs **

** Use the securityLogSender.ps1 script instead **

The scripts described in this article can be obtained by emailing


Immediate Insight must be running and reachable from the Windows Server where this data transfer agent is installed.


    • Edit /home/insight/app/search/tools/windows/logSender.ps1

    $iiIP = '' (example: ‘’)

    $iiPort = '' (example: ‘3000’)

    $protocol = '' (example: ‘UDP’)

    $localLog = '’ (example: ‘c:usersAdministratoriiLogSender.log’)

    Specify the log source’s Full Name (may be different from the display name). Note: Security logs are not supported with this particular script.

    $logSrc = 'System'

    Right click, Properties on the log to view its Full Name, for example:


    Set the logging level

    Y means the header + message are sent.

    N means only the message is sent.

    $sendEntireLog = 'Y'

    Keep a copy of each log in the $localLog

    $copyLogLocally = 'N'

    • Copy logSender.ps1 to Windows Server (i.e. home directory for administrator account).
    • In the Computer Management utility on the Windows Server to be monitored:
      • Right click the log category (must be the same as $logSrc defined in the PowerShell script) and select the 'Attach a Task To this Log...' menu choice.
      • For the action, select 'Start a Program' and enter:

      Program/script: powershell.exe

      Add arguments: -file path to the copied logSender.ps1

      How the arguments looks exactly may depending on where you put things and your user account privileges. Here is one example;


      • After adding the task

      Open the Task Scheduler node

      Select 'Event Viewer Tasks'

      Select the task you added in the previous step

      Click Properties in the right pane. Action Refresh might be needed if you don't see the new task.

      Set the following property:

      General tab: Run whether user is logged on or not

      • After editing the properties,

      Disable then Enable the new task. It will run automatically when a new event arrives.

      • On the Immediate Insight server, create a data collector for the $iiport and $protocol defined in step 1.

      Note: the name of the source data collector is added as metadata to each event from the source so naming the collectors can help isolate data when searching.

      Note: if Immediate Insight brings individual Windows logs in on multiple lines, you can give it help figuring out when one event starts and the other ends with the help of the Multiline delimiter (Configured on the Collector). For example in some environments the following works well:


      Note: you will need to repeat this procedure a separate copy of LogSender.ps1 (save it will a different file name, so that is can be Attached as separate Task), if you wish to forward other categories of Windows logs such as for example $logSrc = ‘Application’

      Josh Mayfield leads platform sales for Immediate Insight, FireMon's security analytics solution.



      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.
      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.
      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.
      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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      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
      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
      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
      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
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      Intelligent Security Management
      Delivering next-generation security management that boosts productivity and accelerates the agility of business
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      Intelligent Policy Automation: Orchestrating Change Management with Speed and Security.
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      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
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      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.
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      Overcoming the Complexity Gap
      When You Can't Patch It, Protect It from the Network
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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
      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.