December 6, 2011 | Conrad Constantine

SIEM for ITIL-Mature Incident Response (Part 2)

In between firefighting the crisis of the week, we hope you have time to read the latest in my series on the path to using SIEM as the foundation for building an Incident Response team that adds value to the enterprise outside of crisis times. Once I started on this document series it become obvious that it wasn’t…

November 28, 2011 | Conrad Constantine

SIEM for ITIL-Mature Incident Response (Part 1)

Incident Response is a field stuck in perpetual-firefighting mode, when it exists at all as a formalized unit. Yet as major breaches continue to happen, Incident Response proves to be possibly the most essential part of any Enterprise Security Program; in the words of Bruce Schneier: “You can’t defend. You can’t prevent. The only thing…

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November 23, 2011 | Conrad Constantine

8 Years of OSSIM

We love data visualization, it’s true, and Information Security is always in need of new ways to adapt visualization techniques to mining through event data. This is a particular visualization engine I’ve been looking at lately to adapt for replaying complex timelines (e.g. replays of Breach evidence)… but out of the box, it does…

November 11, 2011 | Dominique Karg

Bubba Xyzzy is born!

Hey all, we’d like to introduce you to our new little Alien mascot. You’ve seen him for about a month here on the Labs page but he’ll be much more predominant around Alienvault in the near future. No worries, he’ll never become annoying like “Clippy” (“I see you are…

November 3, 2011 | Jaime Blasco

Massively collecting CRL and OCSP information

As part of the IP reputation project we are writing a small engine to avoid false positives and whitelisting some common ips/networks. Usually when you execute a binary on a sandbox and the executable file has been signed, you receive a lot connections to the servers hosting the Certificate Revocation Lists (CRL) and the Online Certificate Status Protocol (OCSP). …

October 18, 2011 | Dominique Karg

3.1 coming soon

Big news on the release front. Some features didn’t make it into 3.0 due to QA but now this has been solved and we wanted to roll out a minor release (which is not so minor if you look at the Changelog…) with this data, before heading towards 4.0 (IPv6 support, huge improvements on the multitenancy/multicustomer side and big performance…

October 18, 2011 | Jaime Blasco

Advisory: Cisco IOS HTTP client DoS

DESCRIPTION: There is a problem with the HTTP client implementation on Cisco IOS. If an administrator loads an application service via these commands: router#config Configuring from terminal, memory, or network [terminal]? Enter configuration commands, one per line. End with CNTL/Z. router(config)#application router(config-app)#service name http://ip_address/ router(config-app-param)#end and the HTTP server responds…

October 16, 2011 | Dominique Karg

New code piece: automatic plugin detection

We just uploaded a snippet written earlier this year, it requires and can automatically identify the log type a certain IP is sending via syslog. …

October 12, 2011 | Dominique Karg

Logger benchmarking (commercial edition)

Hey all, I don’t want this to become a spam forum, nothing further in my intention than this, but Pascal ( just shared some screenshots with us from a customer PoC, which are much more interesting than any internal benchmark we could do  in the labs. These screenshots show the Logger performing in the worst…

October 10, 2011 | Dominique Karg

Feature Focus 2: Custom Tickets

The second installment of our feature focus series, this time focused on custom tickets. Custom tickets are a good way to feed the system with information that cannot be fed automatically and requires human intervention, have a look at the video to find out more. …

October 6, 2011 | Dominique Karg

New section: feature focus. Today: ip reputation and voice control

Hey all, today I’m proud to introduce the first voice controlled SIEM. One step closer to the war against the machines. I hope to be doing a lot of these and also to be expanding the tutorials with some videos and such. Any critics and feedback, be it positive or negative is welcome. The video quality is a…

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