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Security Analytics Team of Rivals: Coexistence Among Rivals

By Mike Rothman
As we described in the introduction to this series, security monitoring has been around for a long time and is evolving quickly. But one size doesn’t fit all, so if you are deploying a Team of Rivals they will need to coexist for a while. Either the old guard evolves to meet modern needs, or the new guard will supplant them. But in the meantime you need to figure out how to solve a problem: detecting advanced attackers in your environment. We don’t claim to be historians, but the concept behind Lincoln’s Team of Rivals (Hat tip

REMINDER: Register for the Disaster Recovery Breakfast

By Mike Rothman
If you are going to be in San Francisco next week. Yes, next week. How the hell is the RSA Conference next week? Anyhow, don’t forget to swing by the Disaster Recovery Breakfast and say hello Thursday morning. Our friends from Kulesa Faul, CHEN PR, LaunchTech, and CyberEdge Group will be there. And hopefully Rich will remember his pants, this time.

Security Analytics Team of Rivals: Introduction [New Series]

By Mike Rothman
Security monitoring has been a foundational element of most every security program for over a decade. The initial driver for separate security monitoring infrastructure was the overwhelming amount of alerts flooding out of intrusion detection devices, which required some level of correlation to determine which mattered. Soon after, compliance mandates (primarily PCI-DSS) emerged as a forcing function, providing a clear requirement for log aggregation – which SIEM already did. As the primary security monitoring technology, SIEM became entrenched for alert reduction and compliance reporting. But everything changes, and the requirements for security monitoring have evolved. Attacks have become much more sophisticated,

Dynamic Security Assessment: In Action

By Mike Rothman
In the first two posts of this Dynamic Security Assessment series, we delved into the limitations of security testing and then presented the process and key functions you need to implement it. To illuminate the concepts and make things a bit more tangible, let’s consider a plausible scenario involving a large financial services enterprise with hundreds of locations. Our organization has a global headquarters on the West Coast of the US, and 4 regional headquarters across the globe. Each region has a data center and IT operations folks to run things. The security team is centralized under a global CISO,

Secure Networking in the Cloud Age: Use Cases

By Mike Rothman
As we wrap up our series on secure networking in the cloud era, we have covered the requirements and migration considerations for this new network architecture – highlighting increased flexibility for configuration, scaling, and security services. In a technology environment which can change as quickly as a developer hitting ‘commit’ for a new feature, infrastructure needs to keep pace, and that is not something most enterprises can or should build themselves. One of the cornerstones of this approach to building networks is considering the specific requirements of the site, users, and applications, when deciding whether to buy or build the underlying

Network Security in the Cloud Age: Requirements and Migration

By Mike Rothman
As we noted in our introductory post for this Network Security in the Cloud Age series, everything changes, and technology is undergoing the most radical change and disruption since… well, ever. We’re not kidding – check out our Tidal Forces post for the rundown. This disruption will have significant ramifications for how we build and manage networks. Let’s work through the requirements for this network of the future, and then provide some perspective on how you can and should migrate to the new network architecture. At the highest level, the main distinction in building networks in the Cloud Age

Network Security in the Cloud Age: Everything Changes

By Mike Rothman
We have spent a lot of time discussing the disruptive impact of the cloud and mobility on… pretty much everything. If you need a reminder, check out our Inflection paper, which lays out how we (correctly, in hindsight) saw the coming tectonic shifts in the computing landscape. Rich is updating that research now, so you can check out his first post, where he discusses the trends which threaten promise to upend everything we know about security: Tidal Forces. To summarize, cloud computing and mobility disrupt the status quo by abstracting and automating huge portions of technology infrastructure – basically replacing corporate

Dynamic Security Assessment: Process and Functions

By Mike Rothman
As we wind down the year it’s time to return to forward-looking research, specifically a concept we know will be more important in 2017. As described in the first post of our Dynamic Security Assessment series, there are clear limitations to current security testing mechanisms. But before we start talking about solutions we should lay out the requirements for our vision of dynamic security assessment. Ongoing: Infrastructure is dynamic, so point-in-time testing cannot be sufficient. That’s one of the key issues with traditional vulnerability testing: a point-in-time assessment can be obsolete before the report hits your inbox. Current: Every

Incite 12/21/2016: To Incite

By Mike Rothman
In the process of wrapping up the year I realize the last Incite I wrote was in August. Damn. That’s a long respite. It’s in my todo list every Tuesday. And evidently I have dutifully rescheduled it for about 3 months now. I am one to analyze (and probably overanalyze) everything, so I need to figure out why I have resisted writing the Incite. I guess it makes sense to go back to 2007, when I started writing the Incite. My motivation was to build my first independent research business (Security Incite), and back then a newsletter was the way

The NINTH Annual Disaster Recovery Breakfast: the More Things Change…

By Mike Rothman
Big 9. Lucky 9. Or maybe not so lucky 9, because by the time you reach our annual respite from the wackiness of the RSA Conference, you may not be feeling very lucky. But if you flip your perspective, you’ll be in the home stretch, with only one more day of the conference before you can get the hell out of SF. We are happy to announce this year’s RSA Conference Disaster Recovery Breakfast. It’s hard to believe this is our ninth annual event. Everything seems to be in a state of flux and disruption. It’s a bit unsettling.
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