May 1, 2015 | Kate Brew

Fortune Cookies IT People Wish They’d Get

We surveyed SpiceHeads in Spiceworks to find out what kind of fortunes they’d like to get in their next fortune cookie. The answers were fun, so we decided to share them! Technical Fortunes If your fortune does not work, please close this cookie and then open it again This cookie has experienced an illegal operation and will now…

April 29, 2015 | Kate Brew

Getting Companies to Work Together on Application Security: OpenSAMM

Getting Traction for the OWASP Initiative John Dickson of Denim Group gave a great presentation at the Austin OWASP chapter meeting on 4/28/15, “Using OpenSAMM for Benchmarking and Software Security Improvement,” to a large and very interested crowd. The OpenSAMM platform, with broad-based support from industry leaders, promises to greatly improve application security. While AlienVault’s Open Threat Exchange (OTX), is…

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April 28, 2015 | Holly Barker

RSA 2015 Recap!

Last week we attended the RSA conference in San Francisco at the Moscone Center, April 20-24th. The energy at the conference was amazing! AlienVault had a booth at the very front entrance of Moscone South. People really seemed to love the booth. We even got a shout out in ZDNet about our booth! Our SEs did non-stop demos showing…

April 22, 2015 | Javvad Malik

RSA Day 2: The Numbers Are In

Captains log, star date 0421.15. The alien exploration of RSAC continues and we've noticed some anomalies. One of the most prominent features of RSA is the sheer size of it. The number of talks, exhibitors, attendees, parties and everything else is on a different level to almost anything else. Just over 500 security vendors are exhibiting this year which, when you think…

April 21, 2015 | Javvad Malik

RSA Day 1: A New Hope

Captain's log. Stardate 0420.15. Aliens have landed at RSAC 2015. Booth 1807, in the South Hall. Monday is typically the quiet day of RSA. The show floor only opens for a couple of hours and only a subset of the full might of 30,000+ visitors make it down. Still, it was a respectable showing of people visiting us enjoying a drink from our star…

April 20, 2015 | Patrick Bedwell

USM 5.0 and AlienVault’s Hat Trick of New Products

Today we released version 5.0 of our Unified Security Management platform, also known as USM. It’s been an action-packed three weeks as our super-hero dev crew has delivered three great products, one each week: An AWS-native version of our USM platform that provides monitoring capabilities that anyone who has tried to use CloudTrail or wondered how to secure their AWS…

April 16, 2015 | WinMagic

What Does The “Insider Threat” Term Mean To You?

Forbes magazine online tells us that the danger of insider threats has been driven home by such newsworthy events as hacking into the Target database. Insider threats can be financial, political or personal, including such well-known cases as Eric Snowden and the WikiLeaks scandal. But what is an insider threat, and what exactly does the term mean for you organization?…

April 14, 2015 | Andy Manoske

OTX 2.0: A New, Collaborative Approach to Threat Intelligence

In early November of 2014, a complex and high-profile family of malware named WireLurker splashed across the radar of the security community and the general media. Originally discovered by Palo Alto Networks, WireLurker is an unusually complex family of malware targeting Apple systems. WireLurker was unique in being able to attack mobile devices, as the malware was able to compromise Apple…

April 9, 2015 | Russ Spitler

A Brave New World

Dealing with Security Monitoring in Amazon Web Services (AWS) Note: The product mentioned in this blog, AlienVault USM for AWS, is no longer being sold. Learn more here. As you know, AlienVault just launched USM for AWS and we are very excited about bringing value and controls to AWS users in securing their environments. Here is some of the thinking…

April 7, 2015 | Russ Spitler

AlienVault Launches New Offering for Threat Detection and Incident Response in AWS

Note: The product mentioned in this blog, AlienVault USM for AWS, is no longer being sold. Learn more here. Today we are launching USM for AWS, our newest offering focused on providing threat detection and incident response for AWS. We have had the ability to monitor AWS environments in our core USM product line for almost two years now, however…

April 6, 2015 | Kate Brew

RSA 2015 Invasion Expected from Diminutive Blow-Up Aliens

Sure, those blow-up baby aliens look cute - but who knows what they are up to! So, it's your mission to track them down at RSA and document and photograph them (in a selfie if possible) and tweet them or post them on Instagram. There will be bounties (prizes) involved for good tweets! Go ahead and follow @Alienvault on Twitter…

April 3, 2015 | Kate Brew

2014: The Year of Branding your Vulnerabilities

Matt Johansen, Manager of the Threat Research Center at WhiteHat Security, gave a very interesting talk to a packed room at the Austin OWASP chapter meeting on 3/31. Matt and Johnathan Kuskos conducted a research project involving having people nominate web hacks from 2014. These were then judged by a panel of judges – Jeff Williams, Zane Lackey, Daniel Messler, Troy Hunt, Giorgio…