In IT Security, Where There's Smoke... There's Smoke

John Steckbeck, Field Marketing Manager, Dell Large Enterprise | 11/13/2012 | 38 comments

John Steckbeck
The focus is shifting and expanding, with respect to cyberthreat awareness and analysis. The more threat data you have to funnel into today’s filtering technologies, the better, because that provides more meaningful correlations of events that can help to find the needles in the massive threat event haystack.

But event correlation is only a subset of what has to happen to improve our odds in dealing with threats, especially advanced persistent threats (APTs). Correlation, also referred to as data distilling, puts pieces together -- x alert plus y alert in z order plus # occurrences, etc. With well-defined data fields and rules it is very effective, but it has to know exactly what to look for.

The expanded view needs to be broader and situational. It needs to incorporate conceptual awareness. It’s not a great example, but here goes... When arriving home from work recently (very late, of course), through the window I could see smoke in the kitchen. Instead of panic and a 911 call, I smiled. My brain instantaneously put all the data points together -- smoke, company coming over that night, bag of apples on the table that morning, plus prior history. My wife’s famous apple pie had bubbled over in the oven (again). When put into context, I knew it was a very good thing.

Areas of contextual awareness related to cyberthreats could include intelligence on:

  • Who might target you and their plans
  • What’s normal and not in your environment
  • Your implementation of new systems, Websites, domains, applications
  • Product introductions
  • Other breaches in your industry, community

Big-data technologies are going to play a huge role in going beyond (but not totally replacing) the human involvement that is the contextual factor. Linkages will be made by data mining and applying advanced analytics to the mountains of unstructured data. To beat the attackers, you need to think like one and find their anomalous patterns. If you think only like a victim, expect to be in clean-up mode (like my wife with her apple pie).

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Anand   In IT Security, Where There's Smoke... There's Smoke   10/23/2013 2:08:50 PM
Re : Responsive verses proactive
Gigi, I also tend to side with you concerning the unauthorized downloads. It is evident they seem to rank first where cyber insecurity is concerned. Most of them are scams and fake links which upon downloading to your software, corrupts everything leading acquisition of computer viruses. I think it's high time we be very cautious when it comes to downloading of documents from the varied sites.
JPoe   In IT Security, Where There's Smoke... There's Smoke   9/30/2013 9:15:10 PM
Re: context

Whoa, that was predicted on Star Trek. The dinner machine. Great idea then; great idea now.
Gigi   In IT Security, Where There's Smoke... There's Smoke   9/30/2013 2:40:38 AM
Re: Responsive vs proactive
Shakeeb,am not getting about the virus involvement, when the software updates are happening through trusted sources.I think unautherized downloades can creat issues
shakeeb   In IT Security, Where There's Smoke... There's Smoke   9/29/2013 11:16:51 AM
Re: Responsive vs proactive
I agree with you. Automatic updating is the best way. According to my knowledge most of the Virus Guards now use these methods with the latest updates in the market. 
Gigi   In IT Security, Where There's Smoke... There's Smoke   9/29/2013 10:15:22 AM
Re: Responsive vs proactive
"Automatic updating might be the best solution to the frequent change in the technology. Human agent may not be able to keep up with the updating on a day to day basis."

Exactly,HH. Automation isd the best suited one
Hospice_Houngbo   In IT Security, Where There's Smoke... There's Smoke   9/28/2013 9:33:16 PM
Re: Responsive vs proactive
Automatic updating might be the best solution to the frequent change in the technology. Human agent may not be able to keep up with the updating on a day to day basis.
Gigi   In IT Security, Where There's Smoke... There's Smoke   9/24/2013 12:15:39 AM
Re: Responsive vs proactive
"The pace with which technology is advancing required a frequent revisits to your already in vogue procedures may be which ever department they are related to."

Exactly Hayder. A very frequent updation is required because of fast phase out of the technology.
Hayder   In IT Security, Where There's Smoke... There's Smoke   9/23/2013 1:15:50 AM
Re: Responsive vs proactive
@Gigi absolutely. The pace with which technology is advancing required a frequent revisits to your already in vogue procedures may be which ever department they are related to. The stagnant approach means the end of the line. The change in tech also necessitates the change in security protocols which must comply with the security aspect at that particular time definitely.
Zaius   In IT Security, Where There's Smoke... There's Smoke   9/22/2013 11:37:01 PM
Re: Imagine the unimaginable
  • Who might target you and their plans


-Many smaller enterprises believe they are safe from the claws. They have a common idea that we are a low profile company so we are not in someone's cross hair. This is what causes them to be lax and leads to disaster.
Marif   In IT Security, Where There's Smoke... There's Smoke   9/15/2013 8:37:17 AM
Re: Imagine the unimaginable
@lufu: I think the security measures taken are the best around or they are the best that could have got in certain resources. We will always find something which is one level higher than what we have right now. Which means another level of better security and that would not be possible if the lower level was 100% secure. I think what you have done is good in terms of covering all possible angles (which is really difficult). Now you will start climbing the ladder of security levels which I don't think will ever end.
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