New Age Secops
Security & Risk practitioners need an upper hand over their adversary. This is achievable using tools that are beyond the perpetrators reach – ones that silently monitor the network and, can easily integrate & interoperate with existing solutions in the security ecosystem to provide visibility and control - Observe and Respond. Vehere’s PacketWorker is a Network Situational Awareness solution that enables comprehensive network monitoring using either a line-rate full packet capture or, flow monitoring technology. It enables Security Practitioners at leadership, risk management and, operational hierarchies to find answers to six most compelling questions – “What?”, “Why?”, “When?”, “How?”, “Where?” and, “Who?”.
In Defence of Secops
Security Operations are expected to be proactive in response. However, architectural complexity of layered defenses, demanding SLA's on availability and uptime, performance penalties imposed on inline tools while using deep inspection & complex policy enforcement activities complicated further by a complex compliance and security monitoring setup - has rendered Security Operations to adopt a reactive posture in the better interest of businesses they support.
Seeking the proverbial "Needle in the Haystack" requires some out-of-the-box thinking by Security & Operations Leadership and, leveraging modern-day true big-data analytics tools - that can be deployed faster and with minimal effort, do not require too many endpoint level reconfigurations to work with data source, are up and running in minutes so as to minimize deployment cost, speed up data analysis for the security staff, be predictable in its outcome and, do not require product specialists to operate & manage.
Such technologies can provide businesses with the confidence of delivering timely response to eventualities thereby offering a positive outcome even in trying situations such as a serious breach. Response is no longer hostage to person/device availability; instead, actionable intelligence is attained without disrupting business processes and activities which eventually boosts customer & investor confidence.
Business Impact Analysis
Left to itself, technology would do no harm. It is the human factor that introduces and, amplifies risk in any ecosystem.
Safeguarding enterprise “digital crown-jewels” is a priority and the right thing to do. However, business is a social activity now and more organizations have actually lowered their guards to improve productivity, increase customer engagement and, identify new sources of revenue.
“Businesses are increasingly focusing on being able to “find more for less” i.e better quality insights but with less talented and lesser number of manpower.” Gartner Analysts Viewpoint, July, 2018
The result is a manifold jump in security risk with serious business impact.
In addition, Security teams find it difficult to enforce policies on applications being used by business teams. Risk Managers can’t determine the security posture of personal devices or, tools used for customer engagement. Newer digital initiatives by enterprises for business benefit has put pressure on Risk Managers and Security Operations to keep up the pace without enforcing stringent policies of past; yet assure senior leadership of being able to accurately determine business impact and, respond to an eventuality should it actually happen.
Doing it Right
To observe and respond is human nature. Let’s just adapt this to the cyber world. Deploy a simple monitoring capability that enables SECOPS to be proactive and fall back to retrospective analysis mode on-demand.
Gain visibility into every session on the network. Monitor cloud usage & encrypted communications. Leverage machine learning to identify suspicious behavior, watch out for non-compliances and, travel back in time to determine root cause. Pick up evidence to build actionable intelligence, uncomplicate critical monitoring tasks in a cost & resource efficient manner to streamline security operations. Integrate output & intelligence to prevent malicious actors – on the inside or, from outside – from causing significant damage to enterprise assets. Free up cycles to focus on future readiness of security operations. Offer capabilities to network managers to troubleshoot performance/availability issues, assist in capacity planning and, with risk assessment.
“The concept of surveillance is ingrained in our beings.”
Security & Risk practitioners need an upper hand over their adversary. This is achievable using tools that are beyond the perpetrators reach – ones that silently monitor the network and, can easily integrate & interoperate with existing solutions in the security ecosystem to provide visibility and control - Observe and Respond.
Vehere’s PacketWorker is a Network Situational Awareness solution that enables comprehensive network monitoring using either a line-rate full packet capture or, flow monitoring technology. It enables Security Practitioners at leadership, risk management and, operational hierarchies to find answers to six most compelling questions – “What?”, “Why?”, “When?”, “How?”, “Where?” and, “Who?”.
Leveraging a powerful Deep Packet & Payload Inspection, it offers full visibility into network traffic along with the ability to analyze encrypted communications without the need for decryption, detect network anomaly & compliance violations, provide visibility into cloud & SaaS applications and, go back in time to perform forensics & root-cause analysis and retrieve actionable intelligence – from session correlations, graph analysis, full fidelity user session reconstruction in support for evidence retrieval and attribution - to ensure operational efficiency and, improve security posture. All this is done without any disruption to ongoing business processes.
With a simple and easy to use web-based interface and an Adaptable Interpretive Monitor, it offers SECOPS an ability to deliver predictable and repeatable outcomes irrespective of the skill set of the user, thereby maximizing efficiency and significantly reducing dwell time.
The solution is true big-data architecture that is built around a search engine to speed up retrieval of information and, execute complex analytics’ tasks such as identifying spikes, low & slow flying traffic, correlating across multiple activities and finding similar patterns to tell normal and malicious behavior apart.
PacketWorker plays nice with the current SECOPS ecosystem by integrating with Security Monitoring & Orchestration layers using standards-based interfaces – With SIEM for security monitoring and, with preventive controls for delivering an immediate response.
PacketWorker facilitates simplification of implementation of big-data security analytics in a Security Operations environment by eliminating the considerations around event/log rate, the need for collectors for different applications/processes – It is a platform for readily available structured data and lifts the same off from the source of truth – Packets on the Network.
Vehere backs PacketWorker deployments with a set of services aimed at assisting enterprise in various phases of risk management.
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