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Endpoint Advanced Protection: Remediation and Deployment

By Mike Rothman
Now that we have gotten through 80% of the Endpoint Advanced Protection lifecycle we can focus on remediation, and then how to start getting value from these new alternatives. Remediation Once you have detailed information from the investigation, what are the key decision points? As usual, to simplify we step back to the who, what, where, when, and how of the situation. And yes, any time we can make difficult feel seem like being back in grade school, we do. Who? The first question is about organizational dynamics. In this new age, when advanced attackers seem to be the norm, who

Endpoint Advanced Protection: Detection and Response

By Mike Rothman
As we discussed previously, despite all the cool innovation happening to effectively prevent compromises on endpoints, the fact remains that you cannot stop all attacks. That means detecting the compromise quickly and effectively, and then figuring out how far the attack has spread within your organization, continues to be critical. The fact is, until fairly recently endpoint detection and forensics was a black art. Commercial endpoint detection tools were basically black boxes, not really providing visibility to security professionals. And the complexity of purpose-built forensics tools put this capability beyond the reach of most security practitioners. But a new generation

Endpoint Advanced Protection: The Evolution of Prevention

By Mike Rothman
As we discussed in our last post, there is a logical lifecycle which you can implement to protect endpoints. Once you know what you need to protect and how vulnerable the devices are, you try to prevent attacks, right? Was that a snicker? You’ve been reading the trade press and security marketing telling you prevention is futile, so you’re a bit skeptical. You have every right to be – time and again you have had to clean up ransomware attacks (hopefully before they encrypt entire file servers), and you detect command and control traffic indicating popped devices frequently. A

Endpoint Advanced Protection: The Endpoint Protection Lifecycle

By Mike Rothman
As we return to our Endpoint Advanced Protection series, let’s dig into the lifecycle alluded to at the end of our introduction. We laid out a fairly straightforward set of activities required to protect endpoint devices. But we all know straightforward doesn’t mean easy. At some point you need to decide where endpoint protection starts and ends. Additionally, figuring out how it will integrate with the other defenses in your environment is critical because today’s attacks require more than just a single control – you need an integrated system to protect devices. The other caveat before we jump

Incite 8/31/2016: Meetings: No Thanks

By Mike Rothman
It’s been a long time since I had an office job. I got fired from my last in November 2005. I had another job since then, but I commuted to Boston. So I was in the office maybe 2-3 days a week. But usually not. That means I rarely have a bad commute. I work from wherever I want, usually some coffee shop with headphones on, or in a quiet enough corner to take a call. I spend some time in the home office when I need to record a webcast or record a video with Rich and Adrian. So

Endpoint Advanced Protection: The State of the Endpoint Security Union

By Mike Rothman
Innovation comes and goes in security. Back in 2007 network security had been stagnant for more than a few years. It was the same old, same old. Firewall does this. IPS does that. Web proxy does a third thing. None of them did their jobs particularly well, struggling to keep up with attacks encapsulated in common protocols. Then the next generation firewall emerged, and it turned out that regardless of what it was called, it was more than a firewall. It was the evolution of the network security gateway. The same thing happened a few years ago in endpoint security. Organizations

Incident Response in the Cloud Age [new paper]

By Mike Rothman
Incident response is always tough today. But when you need to deal with faster networks, an increasingly mobile workforce, and that thing called cloud computing, IR gets even harder. Sure, there are new technologies like threat intelligence, better network and endpoint telemetry, and analytics to help you investigate faster. But don’t think you’ll be able to do the same thing tomorrow as you did yesterday. You will need to evolve your incident response process and technology to handle the cloud age, just like you have had to adapt many of your other security functions to this new reality.

Incite 7/27/2016: The 3 As

By Mike Rothman
One of the hardest things for me to realize has been that I don’t control everything. I spent years railing against the machine, and getting upset when nothing changed. Active-minded people (as opposed to passive) believe they make their own opportunities and control their destiny, sometimes by force of will. Over the past few years, I needed a way to handle this reality and not make myself crazy. So I came up with 3 “A” words that make sense to me. The first ‘A’, Acceptance, is very difficult for me because it goes against most of what I believe. When

Managed Security Monitoring: Selecting a Service Provider

By Mike Rothman
Based on the discussion in our first post, you have decided to move toward a managed security monitoring service. Awesome! That was the easy part. Now you need to figure out what kind of deployment model makes sense, and then do the hard work of actually selecting the best service provider for you. That’s an important distinction to get straight up front. Vendor selection is about your organization. We know it can be easier to just go with a brand name. Or a name in the right quadrant to pacify senior management. Or the cheapest option. But none of

Building a Threat Intelligence Program [New Paper]

By Mike Rothman
Threat Intelligence has made a significant difference in how organizations focus resources on their most significant risks. Yet far too many organizations continue to focus on very tactical use cases for external threat data. These help, but they underutilizing the intelligence’s capabilities and potential. The time has come to advance threat intelligence into the broader and more structured TI program to ensure systematic, consistent, and repeatable value. A program must account for ongoing attack indicator changes and keep up with evolution in adversaries’ tactics. Our Building a Threat Intelligence Program paper offers guidance for designing a program and systematically
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