Aanval SAS FAQ

In the past few weeks, we’ve had people ask specific questions about our new trial offerings and the types of commercial licenses available. We decided to write a blog to answer those questions.

#1. What is the difference between a 30-day trial and 30-day unlimited trial?
#2. Free vs commercial? What does an annual subscription provide?
#3. What are the types of Aanval SAS licenses offered? How can I determine the right license package for my environment?

Aanval is available to download and evaluate for free. Without a commercial license, Aanval operates in a free single-sensor mode, allowing 1 Snort or 1 Suricata and 1 syslog device. Your download automatically includes most of the features in our latest release, Aanval SAS (Situational Awareness System), for 30 days and allows you to process up to 1 million events. After 30 days, you can purchase an annual commercial license and take advantage of all the powerful and automated features designed to provide organizations complete end-to-end network visibility and situational awareness. You also have the option to convert to an unlimited 30-day trial license. We’ve re-introduced trial licenses for organizations who need to test Aanval in their environments without limitations on sensor capacity or event processing. Installation assistance and full support will also be available during your trial period.

All versions of Aanval are available as a downloadable solution that can be installed on existing hardware and requires only a current variant of Linux, Unix, or Mac OS X.

Visit our Download Page https://www.aanval.com/download and get your 30-day trial or 30-day unlimited trial.

What does the Aanval SAS annual subscription offer you?

» An annual unlimited sensor-capacity license for Snort and/or Suricata, and Syslog
» Telephone and remote support
» Console maintenance: bug fixes, minor and major upgrades
» An enterprise-grade SIEM and IDS solution at a fraction of the cost of other providers

Aanval SAS annual package includes the following features and tools:

» Situational Awareness™
» Offensive Reconnaissance™ and Rogue Host Detection
» Network Host Scanning
» False Positive Protection
» Live GeoLocation Display
» Event Correlation
» Billions of Events
» Event Tagging, Syslog Mirroring, and More

Aanval is designed to specifically scale from small single-sensor installations to global enterprise deployments. Aanval’s primary functions are to correlate data from multiple sources, bring together billions of events, and present users with a holistic view of false positive free, network security situational awareness.

We offer three types of annual subscriptions:

Aanval SMB

Our most cost efficient solution, designed specifically for the small business market, Aanval SMB includes every base feature of Aanval SAS as well as a few select SAS-only options like our powerful Situational Awareness engine, Rogue Host Detection, and the ever critical False Positive Protection module.

View Aanval SMB Details: https://www.aanval.com/aanval

Aanval SAS

Our completely unlimited middle market offering, Aanval SAS (Situational Awareness System), developed and focused specifically for organizations up to 250 hosts in size. Aanval SAS includes all basic and advanced SAS features like Offensive Reconnaissance and Network Host Scanning.

View Aanval SAS Details: https://www.aanval.com/aanval

Aanval SAS Enterprise

Aanval SAS Enterprise scales beautifully to organizations of all sizes. Designed with large-scale network infrastructures in mind, SAS Enterprise provides superior functionality for networks that exceed 250 hosts and support services are readily available 24/7.

View Aanval Enterprise Details: https://www.aanval.com/aanval

Need assistance determining the right license package for your environment? Contact our Sales Dept. at 800-921-2584 or email sales.group @ tacticalflex.com

We invite you to also explore our Product License Comparison at https://www.aanval.com/aanval

View pricing or purchase Aanval products and services securely online https://www.aanval.com/purchase

See Why Customers Choose Aanval SAS (Situational Awareness System)

More than 6,000 customers worldwide including Fortune 500 and SMEs trust Aanval as their Snort, Suricata, and Syslog Intrusion Detection, Correlation, and Threat Management solution. Read the latest customer success story from the retail industry to learn more about the business benefits of Aanval SAS.

Customer Snapshot: A Leading Online Retailer

Industry: A publicly-traded home improvement retailer with 201-500 employees. Company primarily conducts business through e-commerce. All security initiatives are managed in-house.

Customer Need: IT department was searching for a robust IDS utilizing Snort to manage and monitor their growing business and network infrastructure. Initially the company was using a standard Snort interface.

Customer Evaluation of Aanval SAS: Aanval was the primary product evaluated during the solution search process. The company’s Information Security Manager evaluated Aanval for the following security use cases:

1. Log Monitoring and Network Traffic Analysis
2. Packet Management
3. Anomaly Detection
4. PCI Compliance

Aanval SAS met all of the evaluation criteria and found Aanval easy to use, configure, and install. Company has purchased the Aanval SAS commercial license is now using Aanval as their stand alone IDS.

Aanval SAS Has Helped with the Following:

1. Improve Operational Efficiency. Helped streamline the IT process of monitoring activities, analyzing and correlating event data, delivering security alerts, and investigating security incidents.
2. Meet PCI Compliance Initiatives. The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) requires that all retailers and e-commerce sites that process, store, or transmit credit card information maintain a secure environment.
3. Reduce False Positives
4. Provide Needed Situational Awareness
5. Improve Security by Accelerating Detection of Anomalies

The Top Business Benefits of Aanval SAS: 

1. Event Management/Collection
2. False Positive Protection
3. PCI Compliance
4. Affordable Pricing
5. Built-in Automated Offensive Tools That Utilize Nmap. Includes Network Host Scanning, Rogue Host Detection, and Offensive Reconnaissance

New Aanval Features: Syslog Mirroring and Email Reports

New to Aanval SAS in build 70153 are two new features: Syslog Mirroring and Email Reports

Syslog Mirroring
This feature allows the Aanval console to easily and automatically output a stream of Aanval-imported events as user-defined UDP packets to a specific device and port, allowing users to monitor Aanval activity and/or duplicate or store Aanval log data.

Getting Started
Enabling this feature is as simple as detailing where the packets go and what event details are to be sent. Visit our Support wiki for complete and simple instructions: Syslog Mirroring

Email Reports
Aanval has a powerful reporting feature, allowing users to easily and quickly create extremely detailed reports. Reports are viewable in HTML, XML, and Text formats. Those reports can now be emailed in Text format directly from the console Reporting feature.

Getting Started
Visit our Support wiki for complete and simple instructions to first create reports and get them sent: Reports

Don’t have these features yet?
Aanval SAS commercial packages provide users with console maintenance, so they’ll always have the latest build and features. Aanval alerts users of new versions with User Messages that show at the top of the console event feed. Click the information icon to be directed to the Update page, or navigate your console to Console Configuration > Console > Version Management > Update. Once downloaded and installed, accept the EULA and begin enjoying and benefitting from these features, and watch for more to come.

So what else is new?
Read our Release Notes to know the details of each new build. Sign up for our newsletter at Aanval.com to keep apprised of all our upcoming developments and promotions.

Cybercrime in Healthcare Sector Evolving: Point-of-Sale (POS) Breaches Now an Alarming Concern

As technology is continually being used to drive efficiencies into the healthcare system, the potential for data breaches increases exponentially. Healthcare is among the top industries frequently victimized by data breaches with billing records and medical files overwhelmingly the most frequently stolen patient data. According to Navigant’s Information Security & Data Breach Report, healthcare organizations accounted for the highest percentage of data breaches, more than one-third of all data breaches in the United States. In addition, HITRUST’s Analysis of U.S. Healthcare Breach Data revealed that the total number of breaches of over 500 individuals posted to HHS since September 2009 is 495. The total number of records breached is 21.2 million and the average breach size is 42,659.1 at a cost of $8,275,865.40. The study also reported that hospitals and physician practices were responsible for 32% and 25% of total breaches in the healthcare industry. Government institutions experienced the greatest loss of records.

Despite repeated warnings from the Department of Health and Human Services, the healthcare sector is still lagging behind other industries regarding implementing security precautions when it comes to protecting sensitive PHI. The Ponemon Institute’s Cost of Cyber Crime Study reported that fewer than half of healthcare providers surveyed performed an annual security risk assessment. In fact, 52% of organizations that conduct one of these crucial IT audits discover a security breach as a result.

Cyber Criminals Targeting Point of Sale Terminals (POS) Not EHR

According to the article “Cybercrime and the Healthcare Industry,” “healthcare providers have a tough challenge at hand. As administrative technologies like Electronic Health Records (EHR) and online health portals begin to become standard issue, the access to financial data and information so strongly demanded by providers, patients, payers, and employees is also fast becoming a new target for hackers.” According to the Verizon 2013 Data Breach Investigations Report, hackers in healthcare are now more interested in attacking payment point-of-sale systems than actual EHR records. POS terminals accounted for 64% of compromised health care assets compared with 38% of desktops or workstations. The Verizon Risk Team further elaborated in an eWeek article that the “the healthcare area is very used to the patient-privacy aspect of securing the data and may not be paying too much attention to their payment systems. In addition to payments for care, security breaches also involve transactions to hospital gift shops and cafeterias. With the final omnibus rule for the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) requiring risk assessments, health care organizations need to determine their level of preparation for financial attacks.”

A key lesson offered by the Verizon Data Breach Investigation Report is that smaller practices including dental offices and outpatient care facilities are also at a high risk of cyber attacks. Therefore, no healthcare organization is immune to being breached.

Where Should Healthcare IT Departments Target Their Security Efforts?

1. Point of Sales (POS) Terminals and Servers 
Most hackers are not after EHRs; they want financial and insurance information that can be used to steal money and conduct medical and insurance fraud.

2. Desktops and Workstations
93% of healthcare breaches involved hacking and malware. Attacks in the healthcare industry often start by tricking an organization’s employees to install malware on the network.

3. Storage Systems
Storage systems contain financial as well as clinical data that are gold mine for hackers.

About Tactical FLEX, Inc.
Tactical FLEX, Inc. is a privately owned software development firm based in Seattle, specializing in information security research, engineering, technology design, and production. With the technological development of Aanval®, Tactical FLEX, Inc. has become a global provider of information security vulnerability and risk management software solutions that protect businesses of all sizes. Aanval® is the industry’s leading Snort, Suricata, and Syslog Intrusion Detection, Correlation, and Threat Management console on the market. Aanval® currently has over 6,000 customers worldwide including government security, defense organizations, technology corporations, financial services organizations, energy companies, educational institutions, healthcare organizations, biotechnology manufacturers, pharmaceutical companies, law firms, utility providers, and many others. Learn more about Aanval® by visiting http://www.aanval.com. Aanval® may be downloaded for testing and evaluation at http://www.aanval.com/download.

Debunking Common Myths Regarding Security Information and Event Management (SIEM)

In a recent study conducted by Infosecurity Europe, it was revealed that 93% of large organizations have experienced at least one security breach in the previous year. The study also reported that the number of breaches is growing at an alarming rate as organizations experienced, on average, 50% more breaches in the previous year. While security threats continue to escalate, many organizations have deployed or have considered security information and event management (SIEM) solutions in order to obtain a holistic view of their information technology security. The beauty of a SIEM is that it takes all the information gathered from events across the network and tailors it to inform IT departments exactly what is happening and when. SIEM technology is also essential for helping security analysts detect internal and external threats and to perform crucial network forensic analysis. According to Gartner, the demand for SIEM technology is growing at an annual rate of 21% and is the fastest growing areas of the security sector.

Although research shows that SIEM product visibility in the U.S. has improved with higher adoption, proper understanding of the technology is still lacking. Frost & Sullivan, an industry research firm, reported that there is a low level of awareness associated with SIEM solutions and further stated that “it is imperative for SIEM vendors to reach out to enterprise end users to enhance their technological awareness and correct any underlying misconceptions or assumptions which may exist toward the technology.” In this blog, we will review some common myths surrounding SIEM technology to help IT Security Professionals separate truth from fiction.

Myth #1: SIEM Solutions are Resource-Intensive and Require Substantial Financial Investment to Deploy

Answer: In light of the benefits of capitalizing in SIEM technology, the high costs of investing in some SIEM platforms have been holding small- and mid-market enterprises back. It is true that most SIEM solutions require a significant investment up front to get it started and also require an ongoing investment in humans to keep it running. This is what can put some SIEM solutions beyond the reach of SMBs or under-funded enterprises. However, not all SIEM solutions come with hefty price tag. If you’re an SMB or an enterprise-class organization with limited budgets, enterprise-grade SIEM platforms that are affordable and easy to use do exist in the marketplace. These are the hidden gems in the seemingly crowded SIEM market category. However, selecting the right SIEM product is almost entirely based on the use cases an organization is trying to fulfill. For example, if you’re an SMB with a shortage of security analysts, your needs and cost sensitivity will vary widely from that of a large organization. You will most likely require a healthy amount of automated functionality while heavy customization is probably not on the agenda.

Myth #2: SIEM Solutions are Equal in Features and Benefits

Answer: Today’s SIEM should be a powerhouse of data capture, correlation analysis, and reporting. Although SIEMs are pre-packaged with a set of security features, it is important to note that the advanced feature sets vary from vendor to vendor as SIEM vendors specifically market to potential and existing clients based on specific-use cases. In order to fully understand SIEM technology, the common core functions and advanced features sets must be explored. To view the essential features and capabilities of a SIEM technology, please read http://wiki.aanval.com/wiki/Library:The_Essential_Features_and_Capabilities_of_a_SIEM_Technology. As SIEM products mature in the marketplace, vendors will introduce new and advanced features to bring to the table for product differentiation as well as market it for specific use cases to solve a particular security need. Overall, it is important to understand that SIEM vendors are not all equal in capabilities and the product features are only valuable if it meets your business and security needs. For example, Tactical FLEX, Inc. is among SIEM-leading suppliers that provides a very strong focus on intrusion detection for effective threat management. Aanval SIEM commercial solution comes tightly integrated with effective Snort and Suricata open source security tools and can also support any device with syslog capabilities to deliver complete data management. Aanval should be considered by organizations that want a scalable commercially supported SIEM solution utilizing the most widely deployed and trusted intrusion detection system on the market for enhanced security and improved situational awareness and protection. If automation and network visibility are key factors for your network organization, you will benefit immensely with an Aanval SIEM solution. In today’s rapidly changing security environment where network environments are growing ever more distributed and complex to manage, IT departments truly need a flexible SIEM that is designed to scale. To view our SIEM comparison table, please read the following article: How to Find the Right SIEM Solution. A Step-by-Step Guide and SIEM Features Comparison.

Myth #3: SIEM Technology is Only Useful for Log Reporting and Compliance

Answer: Over the years, SIEM has almost become synonymous with log reporting and compliance management. Yet, SIEM technology has far more advanced capabilities than simply helping organizations make sense of log data to meet security and audit regulations. Dr. Anton Chuvakin, a security expert on SIEM technology, finds that “too often, organizations purchase SIEM and log management solutions to check a compliance checkbox. These organizations miss a huge opportunity to improve security.” Fortunately, many organizations are increasingly realizing the value and benefits of SIEM in improving their security posture.

According a recent RSA Survey, these are additional widely used functions and tools of SIEM solutions:
1. Alert anomalies
2. Identify threats and potential high-risk incidents
3. Monitor network traffic
4. Streamline remediation efforts
5. Advance other security operations functions in general

About Tactical FLEX, Inc.
For nearly a decade, Tactical FLEX, Inc. has taken great pride in providing best-of-breed security solutions to every type of organization around the world. Our wide spectrum of customers demonstrates our sincere commitment to an industry that remains at the forefront of the digital evolution of the world. Information security is our business, and our customers are our greatest asset. Tactical FLEX, Inc. is a trusted security vendor protecting more than 6,000 organizations within every industry in more than 100 countries. Our product Aanval® is the industry’s most comprehensive end-to-end Snort and syslog intrusion detection, correlation, and threat management solution, built with a unique Situational Awareness engine, distinct false-positive protection technology, and a fully-integrated event management and attack data correlation engine. Learn more about Aanval SAS™ by visiting http://www.aanval.com

Aanval® is also available for download as a free Community edition for testing and evaluation at http://www.aanval.com/download. Let Aanval SAS™ turn your security event data into actionable and comprehensive insights.

Need to Monitor All Aspects of Your Network Environment without Breaking the Bank? Explore Tactical FLEX, Inc.’s Unlimited Sensor Pricing Model for Aanval SAS

“Aanval has been designed to correlate event data and logs from hundreds of vendor products and solutions. Every event, every sensor, every device. Not a problem.”

A recent study of 600 IT professionals revealed that most IT managers wanted “greater security visibility and context” to reduce cyber threats but were operating with a limited budget for information security. Although most respondents were planning to invest in these tools, half of them were spending 20 percent or less of their IT budget on security. 20 percent of respondents also said that they lacked the visibility into their networks. Survey showed that the “difficult to detect attacks” took about a full week to detect and were caused by poor visibility or not collecting the right operation and security data to identify the threat.

Tactical FLEX, Inc. understands your security challenges and we believe in a responsible but open and flexible approach to security. We use an unlimited sensor-monitoring pricing model for Snort, Suricata, and Syslog and offer affordable commercial license packages that are easy to deploy and leverage in any network size and environment. With annual unlimited sensor capacity, IT departments are no longer limited by sensor cost and can now monitor activity on every device and aspect of their network environment including BYOD. Investing in Aanval SAS provides you with an expanded level of security intelligence, situational awareness, and offensive tools to help you shore up defenses and reduce your security risk.

Aanval SAS: $2,995 (Network Size Less Than 250 Unique IP Addresses)
https://www.aanval.com/purchase

Aanval SAS Enterprise: $5,995 (Network Size More Than 250 Unique IP Addresses)
https://www.aanval.com/purchase

What does the Aanval SAS annual subscription offer you?

* An annual unlimited sensor-capacity license for Snort and/or Suricata, and Syslog
* Telephone and remote support
* Console maintenance: bug fixes, minor and major upgrades
* An enterprise-grade SIEM and IDS solution at a fraction of the cost of other providers

Aanval SAS annual package includes the following features and tools

* Situational Awareness™
* Offensive Reconnaissance™ and Rogue Host Detection
* Network Host Scanning
* False Positive Protection
* Live GeoLocation Display
* Event Correlation
* Billions of Events and More

Need assistance determining the right license package and services for your environment or an estimate for a purchase order? Contact us at 800-921-2584 or email at sales.group [at] tacticalflex.com

Explore our Product Comparison page: https://www.aanval.com/aanval

Download and install Aanval for free: https://www.aanval.com/download

Attend a live demo or schedule a personalized demo: https://www.aanval.com/demo

Purchase Aanval products and services: https://www.aanval.com/purchase

About Tactical FLEX, Inc.
Tactical FLEX, Inc. is a privately owned software development firm based in Seattle, specializing in information security research, engineering, technology design, and production. With the technological development of Aanval®, Tactical FLEX, Inc. has become a global provider of information security vulnerability and risk management software solutions that protect businesses of all sizes. Aanval® is the industry’s leading Snort, Suricata, and Syslog Intrusion Detection, Correlation, and Threat Management console on the market. Aanval® currently has over 6,000 customers worldwide including government security, defense organizations, technology corporations, financial services organizations, energy companies, educational institutions, healthcare organizations, biotechnology manufacturers, pharmaceutical companies, law firms, utility providers, and many others. Learn more about Aanval® by visiting http://www.aanval.com. Aanval® may be downloaded for testing and evaluation at http://www.aanval.com/download. Follow Aanval® on Twitter @Aanval

Tactical FLEX, Inc. to Host Live Product Demo of Aanval SAS (Situational Awareness System). Discover Why Aanval’s Situational Awareness is a Great IT Advantage.

“Defending you organization against cyber criminals isn’t easy. Your IT dept. has to be right each time. An attacker only has to be right once. Are you able to identify real threats and vulnerabilities before attackers find them? Are your current monitoring systems built to deliver real-time situational awareness? ”

The challenges facing IT departments today are more pressing than ever. Security threats continue to evolve and proliferate as hackers find new ways to implement methods of cyber attacks. Cyber criminals have also become more persistent in working their ways to successfully steal data in return for a highly lucrative payout. As a result security risks are increasing in quantity and complexity, while at the same time successful cyber attacks are significantly impacting an organization’s operations and success. As the cost of cyber crimes each year also continue to escalate, IT departments need to be certain that they are managing their organizations’ security risks effectively by identifying real threats and vulnerabilities before cyber criminals find them. Defending your organization against cyber criminals isn’t easy. Your IT dept. has to be right each time. An attacker only has to be right once.

There are many reasons why IT departments are embracing Aanval SAS (Situational Awareness System). Aanval is simple to use and loaded with powerful IDS and SIEM features, coupled with new offensive tools designed to deliver an accurate assessment of security risks and complete network visibility of your IT infrastructures. Aanval helps IT departments focus and get back to protecting their networks by automating security and building systems that allow security professionals to make determinations quickly while being well-informed. Aanval’s overall primary function is to correlate data from multiple sources, bring together billions of events, and present users with a holistic view of false-positive free, network security situational awareness. Join us to learn how Aanval SAS can deliver a new level of security intelligence to make sense of all your captured log data, thus effectively strengthening your organization’s security posture.

Highlighted features include:

1. Situational Awareness engine and False Positive Protection to help build detailed summaries of your network’s security posture, risks, and keep false positives from overpowering true risks.
2. New offensive tools and host scanning capabilities utilizing Nmap to proactively detect vulnerabilities, identify rogue devices, and shore-up defenses.
3. Powerful GeoLocation feature to map locations of traffic sources in both static and real-time.
4. Vast array of high-quality reporting options and advanced displays including Situational Awareness Report and Event Timeline Browser.
5. Enhanced historical analytics with real-time searching, event tagging, and reporting.
6. Real-time Snort, Suricata, and Syslog event correlation system.

Date/Time: Wednesday, September 25, 2013 from 1:00-1:30pm EDT » Click for registration

Date/Time: Thursday, September 26, 2013 from 3:00-3:30pm CEST (Central European Standard Time) » Click for registration

About Tactical FLEX, Inc.
Tactical FLEX, Inc. is a privately owned software development firm based in Seattle, specializing in information security research, engineering, technology design, and production. With the technological development of Aanval®, Tactical FLEX, Inc. has become a global provider of information security vulnerability and risk management software solutions that protect businesses of all sizes. Aanval® is the industry’s leading Snort, Suricata, and Syslog Intrusion Detection, Correlation, and Threat Management console on the market. Aanval® currently has over 6,000 customers worldwide including government security, defense organizations, technology corporations, financial services organizations, energy companies, educational institutions, healthcare organizations, biotechnology manufacturers, pharmaceutical companies, law firms, utility providers, and many others. Learn more about Aanval® by visiting http://www.aanval.com. Aanval® may be downloaded for testing and evaluation at http://www.aanval.com/download. Follow Aanval® on Twitter @Aanval.

Tactical FLEX, Inc. to Host Webinar: “SIEM-Based Intrusion Detection: Advantages of Using Open-Source Snort and Suricata IDS with Aanval SAS”

“Utilizing Snort and Suricata to Capture Real-Time Security Events and Deliver Effective Threat Management.”

Date/Time: Wednesday, September 4, 2013 at 2:00pm EDT » Click for registration
Date/Time: Thursday, September 5, 2013 at 3:00pm CEST (Central European Standard Time) » Click for registration

SEATTLE, August 19, 2013– Tactical FLEX, Inc., a global provider of information security, vulnerability, and risk management software solutions, today announced a new webinar entitled “SIEM-Based Intrusion Detection: Advantages of Using Open-Source Snort and Suricata IDS with Aanval SAS.”

According to a recent RSA survey, 89% of mid-size organizations surveyed are using SIEM solution for security operations compared to just 54% that cited compliance, and 68% that cited IT and network operations. When respondents were asked to cite one thing they would like to change about their current SIEM solution besides cost, the top issue identified was to improve alerting for security incidents. In addition, a frequent problem respondents face with those already using a log management or SIEM solution are incident response limitations. Security experts believe that SIEM solutions that interface with a successful Intrusion Detection System (IDS) are most suited to monitor network traffic, deliver real-time alerts, and provide effective threat management that can result in a greater security posture. Tactical FLEX, Inc. is among SIEM-leading suppliers that provides a strong focus on intrusion detection for successful threat management. Aanval SAS (Situational Awareness System), a proven commercial enterprise solution, comes tightly integrated with effective Snort and/or Suricata open source security tools and can also support any device with syslog capabilities to deliver complete data management. Aanval’s threat management technology that provides greater intelligence and network visibility can quickly respond to high-risk security events by accelerating the detection and alerting of possible attacks.

Join this complimentary webinar:

» To understand how Aanval’s intrusion detection approach to security threat management helps organizations proactively seek out potential problems before they actualize, instead of operating in a reactive mode after attacks have occurred.

» To explore the capabilities and advantages of Snort and Suricata IDS. Why are these two IDS engines so successful in monitoring network traffic and providing alerts?

» If you are searching for an affordable and powerful security and network operations solution with a strong focus on intrusion detection, coupled with robust log management and SIEM capabilities to help mitigate security risks as well as improve your organization’s security posture and threat management detection and prevention capabilities.

About Tactical FLEX, Inc.
Tactical FLEX, Inc. is a privately owned software development firm based in Seattle, specializing in information security research, engineering, technology design, and production. With the technological development of Aanval®, Tactical FLEX, Inc. has become a global provider of information security vulnerability and risk management software solutions that protect businesses of all sizes. Aanval® is the industry’s leading Snort, Suricata, and Syslog Intrusion Detection, Correlation, and Threat Management console on the market. Aanval® currently has over 6,000 customers worldwide including government security, defense organizations, technology corporations, financial services organizations, energy companies, educational institutions, healthcare organizations, biotechnology manufacturers, pharmaceutical companies, law firms, utility providers, and many others. Learn more about Aanval® by visiting http://www.aanval.com. Aanval® may be downloaded for testing and evaluation at http://www.aanval.com/download. Follow Aanval® on Twitter @Aanval.

What an Effective Intrusion Detection System Should Do: Making the Right Choice in Selecting an IDS/IPS Solution

Intrusion Detection System/Intrusion Prevention Systems (IDS/IPS) are an increasingly important segment of the network security market. The three initial designs and functions of an IDS/IPS are to protect organizations by monitoring their network, deliver important alerts on intrusions aimed at networks, and provide crucial evidence to prosecute cyber criminals and policy abusers. The market for IDS/IPS solutions is poised for a tremendous growth due to the heightened security threats and breaches plaguing all organizations producing a demand for effective security solutions as well as the convergence of IDS/IPS with other security products. IDS solutions have now become a common feature of security regimens and are considered by many to be the logical complement to network firewalls, thus extending the security management capabilities of system administrators to include security audit, monitoring, attack recognition, and response.

Although IDS/IPS have become a necessary addition to the security infrastructure of nearly every organization, the intrusion detection systems market is mature with new innovations taking a relatively long time to enter the market. According to the Frost & Sullivan’s Global Research Report, the intrusion detection industry has several key challenges across different applications:

1. Lack of situational awareness
2. High volume of false alarms, and by-law requirement of alarm verification
3. Central monitoring stations are constantly trying to reduce costs
4. Problems of scalability and deployment in large organizations

In this blog, we will explore some of the key challenges facing the IDS market and explore how Aanval SAS (Situational Awareness System) can help provide technological solutions resulting in enhanced threat management performance.

Provide situational awareness to combat today’s advanced threats

How organizations can gain situational awareness to improve network visibility and overall security posture.

Intrusion Detection and Prevention Systems (IDPS) are primarily focused on identifying possible incidents, logging event incidents, and reporting. As new attack techniques evolve over the years, IDS/IPS products have adapted to these rapid changes. The next generation IDS/IPS is moving away from just identifying, reporting, and logging event incidents to focusing on delivering real-time monitoring and providing comprehensive situational awareness with deeper data analysis. Tactical FLEX, Inc. is on the forefront of recognizing these critical changes and has designed Aanval SAS to deliver a highly interactive and scalable market-leading IDS solution complete with network-security situational awareness. Improving situational awareness means boosting network visibility which results in better threat management. The improvements in situational awareness are designed to provide organizations with the ability to better identify and combat today’s advanced threats. Aanval SAS also delivers Situational Awareness reports that provide detailed displays of attack data from multiple vectors. Situational Awareness within Aanval allows analysts to quickly identify which specific devices and approximate areas of the network are at most risk and which are more likely to be a problem in the future. Analysts can configure networks, devices, IP addresses, services, and ports within Aanval that allow the Situational Awareness engine to quickly summarize network event information. Aanval SAS  includes powerful GeoLocation IP details to allow analysts to quickly identify attack proximity for complete situational awareness. Furthermore, Aanval SAS provides multiple advanced real-time event and statistics displays to help users grasp current security and situational awareness.

Improve security by accelerating detection of attacks and delivery of security alerts

How organizations can successfully detect and react faster to security events and reduce both false alarms and false positives.

Intrusion Intrusion Detection Systems (IDS) are a major line of defense for protecting network resources from unauthorized penetrations. A successful IDS solution can improve an organization’s network infrastructure and security posture by efficiently detecting suspicious events and reducing false alarms. Early detection of security incidents mitigates security risks as well as prevent security threats and malicious security breaches from actualizing and causing network downtime. In order to identify and prevent both security breaches and successful attacks, organizations should select an IDS solution that successfully augments both log management and threat management.

Security experts believe security solutions that interface with a successful Intrusion Detection Engine (IDS) is most suited to deliver real-time alerts and effective threat management. For example, Tactical FLEX, Inc. is among network security suppliers that provides a very strong focus on intrusion detection for successful threat management. Aanval IDS commercial solution also comes tightly integrated with effective Snort and Suricata open source security tool and can also support any device with syslog capabilities to deliver complete data management and real-time security alerts. Aanval’s threat management technology which provides greater intelligence and network visibility can quickly respond to high-risk security events by accelerating the detection of possible attacks. SC Magazine stated that the success of Snort IDS is due to the fact that users in the open source security community worldwide can detect and respond to bugs, worms, malware attacks, and other security threats faster and more efficiently than other IDS engine.

False positives may be the most significant pitfall of nearly all current day intrusion detection and correlation systems; however, Aanval SAS is equipped with the new Automated Event Validation feature that will help identify and reduce the amount of false positives. Aanval’s new device, service, and network definition controls provide the console with the intelligence it needs to assist analysts in identifying potential false positives in mass, allowing them to focus on the areas at risk and limit wasted time and efforts.

Monitor networks for less

How organizations can effectively streamline IT operations, obtain greater efficiency, and reduce monitoring cost.

A capable IDS solution should be focused on delivering efficiency and automation which in turn produces operational efficiency. Greater efficiency is a prime goal for all businesses including IT security professionals. Security professionals must continue to search for opportunities to improve efficiency and do more with less. With mounting pressure to cut security overhead cost while striving to manage the organization’s security posture with a limited operation budget, security professionals need to leverage IDS technology that will automate labor-intensive key tasks such as monitoring network activities, capturing log information, archiving security events, event correlating analysis, responding to security incidents, setting up policies, establishing reports, and creating or selecting intrusion detection rules to combat evolving security threats.
The Aanval IDS Solution delivers crucial operational efficiency through automating the tedious day-to-day tasks involving monitoring network traffic and managing events. Aanval’s automated database management simplifies the security tasks of capturing and managing a large number of security events as well as creating valuable reports and delivering real-time alerts. In addition, Aanval can successfully solve the daunting task of managing and archiving an unlimited amount of real-time and historical events. This automated capability helps deliver accurate event correlation analyses and provides an efficient way to search and locate event data without losing valuable time. Aanval thus drives operational efficiency through the intelligent use of automation technology.

Deliver scalability and flexibility of deployment to accommodate both business and network growth size

How organizations can obtain scalability to handle any network environment.

According to Dr. Charles Iheagwara, a security expert on IDS, states that “IDS deployment in large organizations presents several obstacles. The most obvious difference between small and large implementations is the number of machines that must be protected, and their interrelationships. Smaller organizations have less complexity and will have a simplified approach. Large enterprises may spend weeks deciding on the placement of IDS agents and managers, configuration groupings, balancing costs against effectiveness, and in developing an integrated solution, perhaps across multiple locations. Many security service providers are finding that scalability is their greatest challenge, particularly when dealing with large networks and many IDS devices. Entire projects have failed as a result of an inability to scale.”

Tactical FLEX, Inc. has expanded its leadership in a global market to cater to organizations of all sizes wanting a scalable, flexible, capable, and affordable security solution with impeccable intrusion detection capability to prevent security threats from actualizing. Aanval is the industry’s most comprehensive Snort, Suricata, and syslog intrusion detection, correlation, and management console. Aanval is designed specifically to scale from small single-sensor installations to global enterprise deployments. Snort has become the single most widely deployed and trusted intrusion prevention and detection technology in the world.

Conclusion:

Intrusion detection has indeed come a long way, becoming a necessary means of monitoring, detecting, and responding to security threats. Although the IDS market is experiencing technological challenges due to lack of product innovations, Aanval SAS is making a big splash in the market. Armed with advanced feature technologies, Aanval SAS is on the forefront of becoming the industry’s most comprehensive and best performing IDS Solution.

To see how Aanval SAS can help your organization, we invite you to explore Aanval by visiting https://www.aanval.com

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Aanval and Emerging Threats Co-Host Webinar on Enhancing Network Visibility and Threat Protection Against Malware on Snort and Suricata IDS/IPS Platforms

Live Webinar Featuring Aanval SAS and Emerging Threats’ Global Marketing and Product Management Director Bryon Rashed for a discussion on trends and malware attacks seen in enterprise networks today and solutions to minimize business risks. 

SEATTLE, July 10, 2013 – Tactical FLEX, Inc., a global provider of information security, vulnerability, and risk management software solutions, today announced it will co-host a webinar with Emerging Threats on Wednesday, July 31 titled, “Selecting the Best IDS/IPS Solution and Most Comprehensive Ruleset for Enhanced Visibility and Threat Protection Against Malware. Utilizing Aanval SAS and Emerging Threats’ Security Intelligence to Minimize Business Risk.” In this live presentation, attendees will obtain an understanding on what is causing malware to rise and what companies do about it. Attendees will also learn how Aanval SAS, the most comprehensive Suricata, Snort, and Syslog Intrusion Detection, Correlation, and Threat management console, and Emerging Threats, the world-leading provider of open source and commercial threat and malware intelligence, utilized together can help enhance network visibility and threat protection against malware on Suricata and Snort IDS/IPS platforms, thereby minimizing business risk. 

What should IT security professionals look for when selecting a malware protection solution? Join this complimentary educational webinar:

* To gain insights on Emerging Threats’ latest research concerning malware attacks targeting all organizations and the business risks involved. 

* And to explore the threat management capabilities of Aanval SAS and the contributing factors to Aanval’s popularity and global success.

To register for the free webinar on Wednesday, July 31 at 2:00pm EDT, visit our website at https://www.aanval.com/webinar

About Emerging Threats
Emerging Threats is a world-leading provider of open source and commercial threat and malware intelligence. Founded in 2003 as a cyber security research community, Emerging Threats has become the de facto standard in network-based malware threat detection. The company’s ETOpen Ruleset, ETPro™ Ruleset, and IQRisk™ suite of threat intelligence are platform agnostic for easy integration with Suricata, SNORT®, and other network intrusion protection and detection systems. With ETPro Ruleset, organizations can achieve the highest standards of malicious threat detection with world-class support and research for extended vulnerability coverage. ETPro Ruleset is ideal for enterprises, government agencies, financial institutions, SMBs, higher education, and service providers. Learn more about Emerging Threats by visiting: http://www.emergingthreats.net

About Tactical FLEX, Inc.
Tactical FLEX, Inc. is a privately owned software development firm based in Seattle, specializing in information security research, engineering, technology design, and production. With the technological development of Aanval®, Tactical FLEX, Inc. has become a global provider of information security vulnerability and risk management software solutions that protect businesses of all sizes. Aanval®  is the industry’s leading Snort, Suricata, and Syslog Intrusion Detection, Correlation, and Threat management console. Aanval® currently has over 6,000 customers worldwide including government security, defense organizations, technology corporations, financial services organizations, energy companies, educational institutions, healthcare organizations, biotechnology manufacturers, pharmaceutical companies, law firms, utility providers, and many others. Learn more about Aanval® by visiting: https://www.aanval.com. Aanval® may be downloaded for testing and evaluation. Follow Aanval® on Twitter @Aanval.