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)
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Aanval SAS Enterprise: $5,995 (Network Size More Than 250 Unique IP Addresses)
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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

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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.

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.

Tactical FLEX, Inc. Announces July Aanval SAS Webinar Schedule

SEATTLE, July 5, 2013 –Tactical FLEX, Inc., a global provider of information security, vulnerability, and risk management software solutions, today announced the July Aanval SAS (Situational Awareness System) webinar schedule. The webinar series will cover live demonstrations, product tours, program overviews, and also feature industry expert Byron Rashed, Global Marketing and Product Management Director of Emerging Threats. 

Visit our Webinar page to view upcoming educational webinars or past webcasts and our Demo page to view live demo schedules and product tours.

July 2013 Event Schedule

Educational Webinar: Selecting the Best IDS/IPS Solution and Most Comprehensive Ruleset for Enhanced Visibility and Threat Protection. Choosing and Utilizing Threat Intelligence to Minimize the Business Risk by Emerging Threats and Product Tour of Aanval SAS

Date/Time: Wednesday, July 31 at 2:00pm EDT » Click for Registration
Featured Guest: Byron Rashed, Global Marketing and Product Management Director of Emerging Threats

Join Tactical FLEX, Inc. in this complimentary educational webinar where Byron Rashed, Global Marketing and Product Management Director of Emerging Threats, will share valuable research data concerning trends in malware attacks and techniques seen in enterprise networks today. The business risks associated with malware attacks and malware protection will be explored. In this joint presentation, Tactical FLEX, Inc. will also introduce Aanval SAS (Situational Awareness System), the industry’s leading Suricata, Snort, and Syslog Intrusion Detection, Correlation, and Threat Management console designed to deliver end-to-end network visibility. A product tour of Aanval’s threat management features, systems, and technologies will be provided. Learn why Aanval is the solution for IT security professionals demanding a proven security and network operations tool with a strong focus on intrusion detection, coupled with robust log management and SIEM capabilities.

Reseller Webinar: Join Tactical FLEX, Inc. and Grow Your Security Practice: Aanval Reseller Program Overview

Date/Time: Thursday, July 25 at 2:00pm EDT » Click for Registration
Presenter: Kenneth Bitz, Strategic Alliance Director at Tactical FLEX, Inc.

Join us for a live, interactive 20-minute webinar where Kenneth Bitz, Strategic Alliance Director at Tactical FLEX, Inc., will provide an introduction to Tactical FLEX, Inc.‘s Reseller Program. Becoming an authorized Reseller is free and there are numerous business benefits and advantages to capitalizing in Aanval SAS (Situational Awareness System). Aanval the industry’s leading Suricata, Snort, and Syslog Intrusion Detection, Correlation, and Threat Management console designed to deliver end-to-end network visibility. Currently there are over 6,000 organizations worldwide in various industries that rely upon Aanval as part of their security infrastructure. Aanval is the solution for IT security professionals demanding a proven security and network operations tool with a strong focus on intrusion detection, coupled with robust log management and SIEM capabilities. Tactical FLEX, Inc. enables small- and mid-market enterprises to quickly deploy, easily implement, and operate a cost-effective intrusion detection solutions at a fraction of the cost of other platforms. 

Live Demo Series: Aanval SAS Event Log Management Technology and Threat Management Features Simplified

Date/Time: Wednesday, July 10 at 1:00pm EDT » Click for Registration

Date/Time: Wednesday, July 17 at 1:00pm EDT » Click for Registration
Date/Time: Visit our Demo page to view entire global schedule and time-zones

Aanval SAS (Situational Awareness System) is the solution for IT security professionals demanding a proven security and network operations tool with a strong focus on intrusion detection, coupled with robust log management and SIEM capabilities. Join us for a live, interactive 30-minute demo of Aanval’s event log management technology and popular threat management features. Learn how you can obtain full visibility of your IT environment with Aanval SAS.

Event Log Management Technology: See why Aanval’s real-time log management solution delivers an unmatched competitive edge over other vendor solutions. Supporting Suricata and Snort (the world’s most widely used intrusion detection engine), as well as any device capable of outputting log information, Aanval imports, normalizes, and correlates event information for powerful, fast, and scalable analyses. More importantly, Aanval’s advanced search engine allows users to access, search, monitor, correlate, and report colossal amounts of real-time and historic event log data. Searching for raw and historical data for forensic analysis, as well as tracking the attacks and locations of IP addresses area straightforward and has never been quicker.

Popular Threat Management Features: Aanval helps IT departments focus and get back to protecting their network by automating security and building systems that allow security professionals to make determinations quickly while being well-informed. Explore the advanced threat management features of Aanval SAS including Situational Awareness, False Positive Protection, Event Correlation, and Live GeoLocation. Discover why Aanval is the industry’s most comprehensive Suricata, Snort, and Syslog Intrusion Detection, Correlation, and Threat Management console on the market. 

Live Tutorial: How to Use and Optimize Your Aanval Console for Real-Time Threat Management

Date/Time: Wednesday, July 24 at 1:00pm EDT » Click for Registration

This complimentary live demo is designed for prospective Aanval SAS users and investigators. During our first “Getting Started with Aanval SAS” live demo series, our Support Department will show you how to use and optimize your Aanval console for real-time threat management. Aanval SAS is simple to use and loaded with robust and powerful security features, and we want you to make the most of them to ensure your networks are secured. If you have yet to experience Aanval, download Aanval SAS in your own environment today for free and join thousands of IT security professionals and security researchers who are fighting to achieve greater situational awareness and network visibility using this remarkable tool.

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® 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.

How to Improve Threat Management Performance and Situational Awareness Webinar: An Intro. to Suricata Open-Source IDS Engine, Emerging Threats, and Aanval SAS

Date: Wednesday, June 26 at 2pm EDT
Featured Guest: Matt Jonkman, President of the Open Information Security Foundation (OISF) and CTO of Emerging Threats
Presenter: Eric Smith, Customer Relationship Manager at Tactical FLEX, Inc.
Host: Jennifer Manguino, Director of Marketing at Tactical FLEX, Inc.
Visit Our Registration Page: https://www.aanval.com/webinar

Today’s enterprise cybersecurity teams must be prepared to deal with an onslaught of new and evolving threats. From script kiddies to advanced hackers working for criminal organizations, if an enterprise doesn’t have the right IDS/IPS technology in place to deal with such threats, it will pay the price in costly data breaches. Do you know the average cost of a malware attack? Are you aware that the average malware compromise recovery cost is $3,000 a day? 

Join Tactical FLEX, Inc.’s complimentary educational webinar where Matt Jonkman, President of the Open Information Security Foundation (OISF) and CTO of Emerging Threats will discuss why Suricata, the next-generation open-source IDS engine, is so successful in monitoring and combatting today’s security threats. The revolutionary features of Suricata open-source technology as well as OISF’s future projects will be explored in-depth. Matt will also provide insights on Emerging Threats’ latest research and analysis process that builds exclusive IDS rules for malware prevention and how organizations can cost-effectively protect themselves with the ETPro Ruleset, a comprehensive ruleset for the Suricata IDS engine. In this joint presentation, Tactical FLEX, Inc. will also introduce Aanval SAS (Situational Awareness System), the industry’s leading Suricata, Snort, and Syslog Intrusion Detection, Correlation, and Threat Management console. Powerful features and new offensive tools, including Situational Awareness, False Positive Protection, Network Host Scanning, and Sensor and Signature Management features will also be presented. Attend this educational webinar to gain more insights on how organizations of all network sizes can obtain full visibility of their IT environment and enhance overall threat management performance and security posture.

Join this complimentary educational webinar: 

* To learn the revolutionary features of Suricata IDS designed to improve threat management performance.
* To gain insights on Emerging Threat’s latest research for malware prevention.
* To watch and understand how situational awareness in Aanval can help provide full visibility of your IT environment. 
* And to explore the capabilities of Aanval SAS and the contributing factors to Aanval’s popularity and global success.

To view upcoming webinars and live demo events, please visit http://www.aanval.com/webinar and http://www.aanval.com/demo

About Suricata

Suricata, an open-source based intrusion detection system is the result of more than five years of development lead by Matt Jonkman, President of the Open Information Security Foundation (OISF) and a number of developers organized to help build the next generation open-source IDS engine for the intrusion detection community. Designed to be compatible with existing network security components, Suricata IDS engine delivers powerful features and also integrates revolutionary techniques to combat today’s security threats. Learn more about Suricata by visiting: http://www.openinfosecfoundation.org

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 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.


Live Tutorials This Week: How to Use and Optimize Your Aanval Console for Real-Time Threat Management

Date/Time: Wednesday, June 19 at 1:00pm EDT (USA) » Click for Registration
Date/Time: Thursday, June 20 at 3:00pm CEST (Europe) » Click for Registration
Date/Time: Thursday, June 27 1:00pm EST (Australia Eastern Time) » Click for Registration

During our first “Getting Started with Aanval SAS” tutorial series, our Support Dept. will show you how to use and optimize your Aanval console for real-time threat management. Aanval SAS is simple to use and loaded with robust and powerful security features, and we want you to make the most of them to ensure your networks are secured. View Product Details.

This complimentary tutorial is designed for new Aanval SAS community version users and customers. If you have yet to experience Aanval, download Aanval SAS in your own environment today and join thousands of IT security professionals and security researchers who are fighting to achieve greater situational awareness and network visibility using this remarkable tool. 

Aanval SAS Certification and Training Classes

Maximize the potential of Aanval SAS. Give your security teams the knowledge and insight they need to get the most out of Tactical FLEX, Inc. products and services. Our highly experienced and industry-certified experts have decades of experience in the information security and technology sectors. We provide both on-site and remote training for individual analysts and security teams as well as executive management and specific departmental needs. Contact our Support Dept. for details at 800-921-2584 or email: support.group@tacticalflex.com

Upcoming Live Demos and Webinar Schedule

Aanval protects and monitors over 6,000 organizations in various industries worldwide. See who’s using Aanval. Learn why Aanval is the industry’s leading Suricata, Snort, and Syslog Intrusion Detection, Correlation, and Threat Management console on the market.

Live Demo Details: 15-Minute Live Product Demo of Aanval SAS
Date/Time: Tuesday, June 18 at 1:00pm EDT (USA) » Click for Registration
Date/Time: Wednesday, June 19 at 3:00pm CEST (Europe) » Click for Registration
Date/Time: Thursday, June 27 at 12:00pm EST (Australia Eastern Time) » Click for Registration

Webinar Details: Improving Threat Visibility and Management: Introduction to Suricata Open-Source IDS Engine, Emerging Threats ETPro™ Ruleset, and Aanval SAS
Guest Speaker: Matt Jonkman, President of the OISF and CTO of Emerging Threats
Date/Time: Wednesday, June 26 at 2:00pm EDT » Click for Registration

Visit http://www.aanval.com to learn more about Aanval.

 

Aanval SAS Provides Valuable Technological Solutions to Elevate Threat Management Performance. See Why Aanval is the Most Comprehensive and Best Performing IDS.

#1 Question: How can organizations gain situational awareness to improve network visibility and overall security posture? 

Answer: New to Aanval SAS is our unique Situational Awareness engine that provides an in-depth event and architecture analysis of the host network. Let Aanval help build detailed summaries of your network’s security posture and current risks. View Situational Awareness Screenshot.

#2 Question: How can organizations successfully detect and react quickly to security events as well as reduce both alarms and false positives?

Answer: Aanval’s event validation engine automatically tags and filters events to help keep false positives from overpowering true risks, allowing analysts and engineers to focus and get back to protecting the network. View False Positive Protection Screenshot.

#3 Question: How can organizations effectively streamline IT operations, obtain greater efficiency, and reduce monitoring cost?

Answer: Aanval is a fully-integrated event management and attack data correlation engine. Aanval can successfully solve the daunting task of capturing, 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. View Event Correlation Screenshot.

#4 Question: How can organizations obtain scalability to handle any network environment?

Answer: Aanval is an enterprise-grade IDS solution created for all business sizes and has the unique technological capability to automatically scale to meet the needs of its environment. Aanval is build to scale from small single-sensor installations to global enterprise deployments. A major focus of Aanval is performance and scalability. Supporting millions and billions of Snort, Suricata, and Syslog events is fully automated and continues as long as storage space is available.

#5 Question: How can organizations leverage pen-testing tools to proactively detect vulnerabilities, identify rogue devices connected to the corporate network, and shore up overall defenses?

Answer: Aanval SAS takes advantage of Nmap, the industry’s most well-known and accomplished port scanning utility to perform both automated and on-request network reconnaissance. Aanval will identify host operating systems, services, and up/down state at the click of a mouse or completely automated. Network host availability, port, and service scanning as well as OS fingerprinting are now available directly within Aanval. Automated Rogue Host detection and alerting capabilities are also built-in to Aanval to help security analysts and network admins stay on top of these pesky little devices. Aanval keeps full logs of network hosts and reconnaissance results and uses this information within the its correlation engine to better represent valid events and limit false-positives. View Offensive Reconnaissance Screenshot.

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 Suricata, Snort, and Syslog Intrusion Detection, Correlation, and Threat Management console on the market. Aanval is designed specifically to scale from small single-sensor installations to global enterprise deployments and can correlate event data and logs from hundreds of vendor products and solutions. Learn more about Aanval SAS (Situational Awareness System) 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.

Intrusion Detection FAQ: What are the Different Types of Front-end GUIs for Snort Intrusion Detection Systems? An Overview of Some Alternative Front-Ends.

There is a myriad of security technology, both open-source and commercial, available for monitoring an organization’s network for intrusions. An important part of an organization’s defense strategy is the ability to detect suspicious activities in order to prevent both internal and external threats as well as identify malicious attacks. Snort is a popular, successful, and the most widely deployed monitoring tool. Snort is a Network Intrusion Prevention System (NIPS) and Network Intrusion Detection System (NIDS) capable of performing packet logging and real-time traffic analyses on IP networks. Snort is also valuable because it can detect attackers and malware as they move through the network. When coupled with a database and a web front-end, users can obtain insights into their network and apply the information to detect attacks and fortify their networks. Snort can be combined with other software to provide a visual representation of intrusion data.

Are you currently researching the different types of front-end GUIs for Snort IDS or looking for an alternative GUI for Snort? In this blog, we will introduce several popular Snort front-end GUIs. 

An Overview of GUIs for Snort IDS

Introduction to ACID
According to Dr. Nikolai Bezroukov, a well-known Senior Internet Security Analyst at BASF Corporation, “The Analysis Console for Intrusion Databases (ACID) is a rather slow PHP-based analysis engine to search and process the database of security events generated by Snort. It is mostly useful as a generic event viewing tool. ACID was written by Roman Danyliw in early 2000 as part of an abandoned in 2003 AIRCERT project at the CERT Coordination Center.” The features of ACID includes alert management, chart and statistics generation, packet viewer and query-builder, and search interface. ACID’s biggest limitation, however, is that it is not scalable beyond several thousand alerts and often produces numerous amounts of false positives. ACID is also very helpful in the analysis of traffic if only used on small- to medium-streams of alerts. As reported by Dr. Bezroukov, these important shortcomings does diminish ACID’s technology value.

Introduction to BASE
BASE is the Basic Analysis and Security Engine that is supported by a group of volunteers. It is an extremely simple web-based Snort console derived from the code from the Analysis Console for Intrusion Databases (ACID) project. This application provides a web front-end to query and analyze the alerts coming from a Snort IDS. BASE searches and processes databases containing security events logged by assorted network monitoring tools such as firewalls and IDS programs. It is written in the PHP programming language and displays information from a database as user-friendly web front-end. According to Snort.org, there were plans for a redesign of BASE, including the database format from which it reads, but Kevin Johnson, the original BASE project manager, has since left the project and turned the project over to new management.

Introduction to Snorby
Snorby is an open source network security monitoring interface scripted in Ruby on Rails. It is a front-end web application for any application that logs events in the Unified2 binary output format. Snorby now supports OpenFPC and integrates with intrusion detection systems like Snort, Suricata, and Sagan. The basic fundamental concept behind Snorby is simplicity. The project goal is to create a free, open source.

Introduction to SGUIL
The Analyst Console for Network Security Monitoring – Sguil is built by network security analysts for network security analysts. Sguil’s main component is an intuitive GUI that provides access to real-time events, session data, and raw packet captures. Sguil facilitates the practice of Network Security Monitoring and event driven analysis. The Sguil client is written in tcl/tk and can be run on any operating system that supports tcl/tk (including Linux, *BSD, Solaris, MacOS, and Win32).

Introduction to Aanval
OpenAanval was originally a very simple web front-end to monitor and browse Snort event data. It was the stand-alone free limited-version of the commercial Aanval console before it was finally integrated in 2005 and is the alternative to ACID as the front-end. Aanval was then publicly released in 2004 and is considered the longest running Snort interface under continuous development on the market today and the industry’s leading web-based GUI for Snort, Suricata, and Syslog intrusion detection, prevention, and correlation. The Aanval console system is specifically designed to scale from small single-sensor installations to global enterprise deployments. Since Aanval’s release in 2004, Aanval has evolved to address the world’s growing network security intrusion detection needs and demands. Over time, there has been an increasing need to keep up with the complexity of security issues, introduction of new security technologies, evolving cyber threats, and the requirements to comply with mandatory regulatory mandates. Equally increasing is the drive for security managers to find a capable Snort front-end GUI that can deliver effective threat management, event correlation, and advanced data analysis reporting. Aanval SAS (Situational Awareness System), the latest version released by Tactical FLEX, Inc. is designed with a unique Situational Awareness engine that provides an in-depth event and architecture analysis of the host network, thus providing crucial network visibility and security intelligence. Aanval SAS is also equipped with a False Positive Protection event validation engine, real-time Live GeoLocation-based displays and powerful offensive tools utilizing Nmap that help shore up defenses and strengthen overall security posture. In addition to commercial Aanval, Aanval also continues to support the Snort community by providing users with a free community version of Aanval that allows full functionality of a single Snort and syslog sensor. Aanval SAS is available for download as a free Community edition for testing and evaluation at http://www.aanval.com/download.

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 Snort and Syslog Intrusion Detection, Correlation, and Threat Management console on the market. Learn more about Aanval SAS (Situational Awareness System) by visiting http://www.aanval.com.

Ten Things You May Not Know About Aanval IDS Console

#1 Aanval was publicly released in 2004 and is considered the longest running Snort interface under continuous development on the market today and the industry’s leading Snort, Suricata, and Syslog Intrusion Detection, Correlation, and Threat Management console. There are three key contributing factors to Aanval’s popularity and global success: situational awareness, false-positive reducing event validation, and multiple source event collection, correlation, and archiving. Learn more about Aanval at http://www.aanval.com.

#2 Aanval currently protects more than 6,000 customers within every industry worldwide including government security, defense organizations, technology corporations, financial services organizations, educational institutions, healthcare providers, biotechnology manufacturers, energy companies, law firms, and many others. View who’s using Aanval at http://www.aanval.com/customers.

#3 Aanval is an enterprise grade IDS solution created for all business sizes and has the unique technological capability to automatically scale to meet the needs of its environment. Aanval is built to scale from small single-sensor installations to global enterprise deployments.

#4 A major focus of Aanval is performance and scalability. Aanval is built with an accelerated real-time event processing system that handles as many as 1,500 events per second and scales beautifully with hardware to process as many as 5,000 events per second. Supporting millions and billions of Snort, Suricata, and Syslog events is fully automated and continues as long as storage space is available. Aanval is further designed to correlate event data and logs from hundreds of vendor products and solutions including Snort, Suricata, Cisco, Barracuda Networks, Sourcefire, and Apple.

#5 Aanval is uniquely and completely written in standard HTML and Javascript, and more importantly void of Adobe Flash. The completely re-written codebase enables Aanval to work in every browser and across every mobile platform.

#6 While many organizations continue to struggle to achieve network visibility, Aanval SAS (Situational Awareness System), the latest version of Aanval, is armed with a one-of-a-kind situational awareness engine that provides an in-depth event and architecture analysis of the host network. Aanval can quickly build detailed summaries of the network’s security posture and current risks as well as provide Security Analysts with the resources they need to identify actual risks and make critical decisions. Delivering actionable security intelligence from an organization’s circumstances and conditions is the pure essence of Aanval’s true situational awareness.

#7 Aanval SAS is also the combination of the most advanced IDS features coupled with powerful offensive tools to shore up defenses such as Network Host Scanner, Rogue Host Detection, and Offensive Reconnaissance that take full advantage of Nmap, the industry’s most well-known and accomplished port scanning utility to perform both automated and on-request network reconnaissance. View product screenshots and details at http://www.aanval.com/aanval.

#8 Aanval continues to support both the information security and open source Snort and Suricata communities by providing users with a free non-commercial version of Aanval that allows full functionality of a single-sensor device. Aanval is designed to work with all versions of Snort and Suricata. Aanval may be downloaded for testing and evaluation at http://www.aanval.com/download.

#9 Commercial Aanval is unlimited for the number of sensors (Snort, Suricata, or Syslog sensors) and also includes telephone and remote support for the product, and console maintenance. With annual unlimited sensor capacity, organizations of all network sizes are no longer limited by sensor cost and can now monitor every aspect of their environment. Explore Aanval SAS Product Comparison Matrix by visiting http://www.aanval.com/aanval.

#10 Aanval Appliances are pre-configured, turn-key deployments of Aanval designed for organizations that need a drop-in solution or possibly have little or no IDS/IPS experience. Aanval Appliances can be configured in an array of configuration options that include Aanval, Snort, Suricata, Nessus, Nmap, Metasploit, and just about any other popular security tool and system. Learn more about Aanval Appliances at http://www.aanval.com/appliances.