June 11, 2015 | Robert Hawk

Situational Awareness in Cyber Security

What is Situational Awareness in Cyber Security? The concept of Situational Awareness is an extremely important one in information security cyber security operations. Situational Awareness is defined as: “Within a volume of time and space, the perception of an enterprise’s security posture and its threat environment; the comprehension/meaning of both taken together (risk); and the projection of their…

June 10, 2015 | Russ Spitler

AWS Intrusion Detection (IDS)

Note: The product previously mentioned in this blog, AlienVault USM for AWS, is no longer being sold. Learn more here. If you are starting a project to increase your visibility in AWS it won’t be long before you reach for your trusty old network-based IDS. However, just like the rest of us, you will soon start tearing at your…

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June 9, 2015 | Javvad Malik

Keep Calm and Snoop On

The UK’s Communications Data Bill, also known as the “Snoopers charter” is Britain’s attempt to extend the governments surveillance powers. Not only will the proposed changes significantly impact individuals privacy, but also expected to force UK-based ISPs to archive data of its customers and make it available to law enforcement and government agencies upon request. Whilst at Infosec…

June 8, 2015 | Javvad Malik

Talks, awards and high fives

As the dust settles in the aftermath of three conferences in three days in London, a lot of tired feet, aching backs and hotel exits emerge. However, the blisters and pain-killers were definitely worth it as AlienVault was named the best SME Security Solution at the 2015 SC Awards, Europe as well as being recognised for Best SIEM Solution. But that…

June 3, 2015 | Javvad Malik

Is Infosec Different in the UK Versus USA?

The green sunglasses were blinking, the green slushies were on tap and somewhere the imperial death march tune was playing. It was of course the AlienVault booth at Infosec 2015 which gave us Aliens the perfect vantage point to interact and meet with attendees. @secwaza @J4vv4D @twistandshoutUK by the way I loved the starwars theme on the @alienvault stand.…

June 1, 2015 | Javvad Malik

The European Security Perspective

Better known for maintaining a stiff upper lip, Mary Poppins and a spot of tea, London is also playing host to information security conferences galore. Infosec Europe sets the stage with its signature three day event. Traditionally it has been perceived as more of a trade show, but in recent years it has focussed more on the content side -…

May 29, 2015 | Russ Spitler

A Drafty House: Analysis of the Current Use of AWS EC2 Security Groups

Note: The product mentioned in this blog, AlienVault USM for AWS, is no longer being sold. Learn more here. After a very confusing set of results from a survey we ran and exploring the new world of threat detection and incident response in AWS, we decided to go out and do a little research to see how the world was…

May 27, 2015 | Garrett Gross

Electrifying new threat - TeslaCrypt!

Remember Cryptolocker? While it might not be front-page news as of late, ransomware continues to wreak havoc in environments around the globe. It is also still very lucrative to extort money this way. This particular variant has netted over $75,000 since February, according to a recent FireEye report. While that pales in comparison to the estimated $3 million that cryptolocker has brought…

May 26, 2015 | Joe Schreiber

Five Mistakes MSSPs Should Avoid

MSSPs, or Managed Security Service Providers, are at an exciting point where market acceptance, awareness and demand have converged. I view this as a positive for a potential MSSP but also for the customers and businesses they will protect, enhancing security for everyone. However, excitement and the prospect of profits can create haste, and with haste comes an increased risk…

May 22, 2015 | Kelly Schroeder

Selling Security…to the Boss?

John came in to work Monday morning. His expensive sports car was awesome, his tie was awesome, and his new corner office was awesome. It seemed as though nothing was going to ruin his day. He leaned back in his leather chair looking out the window, waiting while his new computer booted up. First thing to pop up was an…

May 21, 2015 | Kevin Geil

Securing the infrastructure so people can go skiing

ORDA (New York’s Olympic Regional Development Authority) is a state authority, established after the 1980 Olympics to manage two ski resorts and several Olympic sites as facilities for public recreation and world-class sporting competitions. I joined ORDA about 7 years ago, and I’m the focal point for information security. As Information Security officer, I’m the only…

May 19, 2015 | Don Field

The AlienVault Certified Security Engineer (ACSE)

When I was asked to write this blog, I thought to talk about certifications and training in the context of real people. So we reached out to a couple of folks who have taken and passed our new security certification, AlienVault Certified Security Engineer (ACSE) in the past few months to get their perspective. We spoke with Tony Dow, Lead…