Our “beat our readers into a content coma” plan is working perfectly. Just when you thought you had enough of NSO Quant, Enterprise Firewall, Monitoring up the Stack, and DLP (just in the last month) – we will be starting another series Monday. Rich and I will begin the “Incident Response Fundamentals: Understanding Threats Before, During, and After the Attack” series. React Faster is something I’ve been talking about for years (literally) and Rich improved it by integrating the importance of incident response to the mix. Now we are going to bring all those aspects together into a very focused view on how you can keep pace with the rapidly evolving attack space.

The general thesis of the series is:

Organizations need to embrace a pervasive monitoring approach to track attacks before, during, and after the threat. Far too many organizations do not capture the proper data at the network layer to detect attacks, find the root cause and remediate, or perform a detailed forensic analysis after the fact. This impairs their ability to protect their environments and ensure they don’t suffer similar breaches over and over again.

We will not only talk about monitoring (as much as Adrian loves that), but also about an incident response plan and what to do before the attack, once you think something is going down, and (from a forensics standpoint) after the fact. We’ll also do a little bit of visioning and take a cut at what network security will look like in 5 years. Overall it will be a great research project and we think the output will be very valuable to practitioners. Which is why we do this stuff.