Quick Support: “None of my sensor’s events are showing in Aanval.”

After getting Aanval installed, set up, and sensors connected, users sometimes ask: “Why aren’t I seeing any events?”

Not a problem. Aanval 8 is loaded with new security and analytical tools. If you aren’t seeing your sensor’s events, first go to the Configuration Menu and select the proper import module (Unified2 Module, MySQL Module, Syslog Module). Under each module you’ll find Sensor Configuration.

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After going to Sensor Configuration, choose the sensor in question. At the bottom of the menu you’ll see Sensor Permissions. These options allow admins to securely limit access to active sensors. When a box is unchecked for a given user, that user will not be able to view or manage event data for that sensor.

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Make sure the chosen sensor’s Sensor Permissions are enabled for the desired user.

Aanval 8 further allows users to quickly filter sensor data on any menu, so that, for example, when viewing Frequent Offenders on the Charts menu, users can disable the view of certain sensors to focus on particular areas of the network, while sensor importing and functionality remains active in the background, just out of view.

Once Sensor Permissions are enabled, hover over the name of the logged-in user to view the drop-down menu and select Change Sensors View.

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Once selected, all sensors that are both active and have the Sensor Permissions enabled for that logged-in user will be displayed. Check the box of each sensor for which you want to view and manage event data.

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Once sensors are checked, event data will be immediately displayed. If after taking these steps you still do not see event data, start with making sure your sensors are active, properly logging in the Unified2 or syslog formats, depending on which sensor you’re troubleshooting, and that sensors are properly connected to Aanval.

Writing Regex with Aanval 8

Aanval and Syslog Data

While Aanval can import IDS logs from sources like Snort and Suricata, it can also import from any source outputting in a syslog format, and have available to both IDS and syslog formats the same powerful management tools, such as reporting, alerting, and correlation. This opens the gate to hundreds of vendors, products, and devices that can easily send data to Aanval for syslog processing.

Importing Syslog Data

Syslog data can be imported to Aanval by two methods: directly sending the data over UDP port 514 to Aanval’s own syslog server, or have Aanval fetch the event data from a file.

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Regex Filters

Once syslog sensors are configured and event data starts being imported, users then need to write regex based filters to parse specific data from their logs, such as the source IP or port. Below is a listing of all the values Aanval can parse:

* Date
* Time
* Protocol
* Source Address
* Destination Address
* Risk Level
* Source Port
* Destination Port
* Payload
* Event Name
* Category Name

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Aanval 8 makes it especially easier to write advanced regex filters. Aanval now includes its own regex tester, so now you can quickly see the match results of your regex, without having to externally test or wait for results. Aanval further includes advanced capabilities to join two different regex to be used as one. For example, we may use the following regex to search for and grab everything that follows “src=“ in an attempt to grab the source port where the actual port number is attached to the source address (src=192.168.1.76:62316):

((?<=src=).*)

While this regex would grab the source port, it also grabs everything that follows, which might then include additional details we don’t want for this value, and we still haven’t identified the actual port number or parsed it. By adding a double tilde (~~) to the end of our first regex, we can add a second regex that will then search for and grab what we want from what the smaller portion following “src=“ that was just grabbed:

((?<=:)[0-9]+)

This second expression now searches for the first colon and grabs the number, despite its length, that immediately follows; thus, identifying and parsing the desired source port. Our entire regex would then look like and be entered into Aanval as follows:

((?<=src=).*)~~((?<=:)[0-9]+)

These advanced regex working and testing tools have enabled users to quickly set up their syslog sensors and parse the exact details they need to then have their syslog data appear and work as their IDS data. This then makes searching easier, reports more detailed, and the overall network visibility stronger and clearer.

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See Also

* Aanval Wiki: Syslog Sensor Configuration
* Aanval Wiki: Syslog Filter Assignment

Upcoming Webinar on June 15th: Tactical FLEX, Inc. Debuts Aanval 8

Date

Wed, Jun 15, 2016 7:00 AM – 7:30 AM PDT

Come join us and discover the excitement of Aanval 8 and find how to monitor every aspect of your network environment without breaking the bank! This upcoming webinar will provide an overview of Aanval 8 and cover a few selected features and enhancements including an all-new HTML5 look and feel, direct Unified2 IDS event importing, threat level displays and global heat maps, automation and reporting systems, and syslog enhancement. Learn why Aanval 8 is the complete end-to-end security solution for your IDS and syslog data.

Register Here

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Shellshock: the latest high-risk vulnerability

What is Shellshock?

There is a new security threat affecting and potentially affecting many people and environments.

It’s in the same risk category as Heartbleed and is being called Shellshock. Basically, Shellshock allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code via a crafted environment, as demonstrated by vectors involving the ForceCommand feature in OpenSSH sshd, the mod_cgi and mod_cgid modules in the Apache HTTP Server, scripts executed by unspecified DHCP clients, and other situations in which setting the environment occurs across a privilege boundary from Bash execution.

Details

Tactical FLEX offers its immediate services to scan for Shellshock and other such vulnerabilities. We want to stress the high-risk of Shellshock and the urgency to find and repair any vulnerabilities. Please call us at 800-921-2584 or visit the following link to get connected: https://www.aanval.com/scancontact

Aanval SAS: Syslog Aggregation, Management, and Archiving

Snort and Syslog

Aanval is the longest running Snort front-end. While many users target and use Aanval for its IDS capabilities and tools, many are finding Aanval’s syslog options invaluable and only use them, especially as we’re seeing users with all-in-one firewall or syslog solutions that host an IDS like Snort and multiple device log feeds.

Syslog Setup and Options

Aanval is capable of importing, storing, managing, and even archiving syslog events from any device capable of external logging. Done in one of two ways, Aanval can fetch syslog events from a log file or have them directly exported to the console over port 514.

Using a universally known and used logging format like syslog, Aanval can be fed events from hundreds and hundreds of devices. Aanval then uses the universally known and used parsing language of Regular Expressions (regex). With regex, users can completely customize each individual syslog feed (sensor) to format and display the details necessary.

Exclusive and Enhanced Syslog Management Tools

On top of using such universal and valuable tools for syslog importing and customization, Aanval adds additional enhanced features to parse deeply wedged data where basic regex might fail or the regex itself be too complex. Using a double tilda (~~), users can link two separate regex to act as one expression recognized by Aanval, allowing the console to make an initial search and find in a syslog string, and then continue its search to find the exact value needed within the now smaller string.

Data archiving is simple with Aanval’s Syslog Mirroring tool, providing users the ability to export all Aanval-imported events in a user-defined format to another device.

Syslog Event Management

With syslog data imported, customized, and normalized to environment specs, users can then take advantage of Aanval’s event management tools like Live Correlation and GeoLocation, Automated Actions and Alerts, Situational Awareness, and Advanced Reporting that includes detailed on-demand and scheduled and emailed reports.

Benefits of Aanval SAS with Syslog

With Aanval SAS, users receive the capability to import and manage an unlimited number of syslog feeds (sensors). Additionally, there are no data caps. We encourage the community to send Aanval anything and everything, to enhance network visibility. Users also receive telephone and remote support, and console maintenance, so that they’ll always have access to the latest fixes, features, and even major revisions.

See Also

Visit our support wiki for more details on setting up and using Aanval’s advanced syslog tools:

Syslog Setup

Syslog Mirroring

Contact our sales team for more information on how you can use syslog management with Aanval in your environment:

(800) 921-2584

sales.group [at] tacticalflex.com

6 Reasons Why It’s Worth Paying for a Snort or Suricata Front-End Commercial Solution

According to SANS Organization, “Information security is the biggest challenge for network and security administrators. The security of a given network highly depends on the software used and the administrative practices followed for intrusion detection. Security has become an important aspect and an integral part of all phases of any software development. The trustworthiness of any software, either free or commercial, depends on product design and development. These include the expertise and dedication of the developers to develop a security product, quality of tools used in development, the level of testing carried out before releasing the product, and the matured practices followed throughout the development cycle.”

There is a myriad of security solutions categorized as front-end GUIs for Snort and Suricata IDS, both free and commercial, available to monitor an organization’s network for intrusions and provide a visual representation of intrusion data. If you’re using a Snort or Suricata front-end for your enterprise, here are 6 reasons why it’s worth paying for a commercial solution.

1. Enterprise-Grade Support

Support should also be a point of any concern when it comes to information security for your enterprise. If your enterprise is using a free solution in critical areas of the network then you’ll need an expert to provide support when the software doesn’t work as expected. With a free solution, you may have to rely on the help and support of the their community online forums or newsgroups. That help may arrive or not. Community support comes with no service-level guarantee and a 24×7 telephone support is not provided to get you back up and running without experiencing any downtime.

2. Input Into New Features and Future Plans

Free communities aren’t always so nimble or creative or helpful when asking for product improvements. Another benefit of paying for a commercial solution is that it could provide you a voice in the product’s roadmap especially if you have specific features that you would like for the product vendor to incorporate. This is not possible if you simply download and the run the free solution. Being able to evaluate the security of a software relies heavily on having some insight into their future plans for the software.

3. Tested and Proven Products with Predictable Product Life Cycles

It is erroneous to believe that only paid commercial products need a thorough security evaluation and testing and not free solutions. Have you really evaluated a free solution for security? It’s often worth paying for a product that is guaranteed to work and have a reliable system on fixing bugs and releasing patches. Commercial products carry out testing, tuning, bug fixes, product enhancements and troubleshooting across their software and hardware in order to make their product stable, reliable, and more technologically advanced. It requires corporate resources, systems, processes, and infrastructure in order to make it happen.

4. Additional Features and Functionality

It makes sense to pay for a commercial product that has additional features that the free solution lacks. For example, If you are looking to effectively deploy and monitor multiple sensors across the network environment or need a scalable product without any limitations on event processing, these features are usually not free.

5. Scalability – Hardware Requirements and Storage Space

Free solutions are not always free or scalable. They vary in hardware cost, bandwidth requirements, and storage space. Because full packet capture will increase storage size considerably, you would need a security solution that can automatically scale to meet the needs of its environment.

6. Low-Cost Alternatives

Your organization may be lucky enough to afford an expensive IDS or SIEM that supports Snort and Suricata IDS; however, don’t associate the hefty price tag with better performance. There are effective and proven low-cost commercial alternatives to capture Snort and Suricata packets and observe them. If you’re on a budget then you may need some low-cost commercial product alternatives.

For example, 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. Aanval SAS is available for download as a free Community edition for testing and evaluation at http://www.aanval.com/download.

Protect Your SMB Business with Aanval IDS

“SMBs Must Learn To Be Vigilante About Cybersecurity Now That They’re Targets Too”

“The Ponemon Study: SMBs Fail Miserably at Security” shows that small and midsize organizations still don’t realize cyber threats. SMBs are failing to acknowledge the risks of cyber attacks and potential losses they face from not adopting a robust IT security posture. What’s stopping the adoption of strong and adequate security strategies? “According to Ponemon Institute, 58 percent of SMB IT decision makers do not view cyberattacks as a substantial risk to their business. 44 percent are failing to make security a priority, while 42 percent are reluctant to spend enough to ensure adequate cyber-protections, and 33 percent lack sufficiently skilled staff to handle security. Many of the SMBs surveyed report they have no one dedicated to cyber security, typically leaving the responsibility to the CIO. That attitude pervades despite the fact that IT security disruptions cost the 2,000 SMB survey respondents a combined average of $1,608,111 over the past year. Perhaps most troubling, the Risk of an Uncertain Security Strategy study found that the more senior a manager was in their SMB organization, the more likely they were to dismiss the seriousness of potential cyber threats.”

SMBs are more prone to cyberattacks because they have fewer resources to maintain their defenses compared to larger enterprises. With limited resources to deal with security, SMBs often dismiss potential threats. The best defense for SMBs is to be aware of the threats and create security policies to deal with them. So what is a solution that could help SMBs considerably reduce cyber threats? The answer is the implementation of an intrusion detection system (IDS) which is considered the first line of defense for network security. Intrusion Detection Systems are like a burglar alarms for your computer network; they detect unauthorized access attempts and suspicious behaviors.

As a company, Tactical FLEX, Inc. believes that every organization, even the smallest of businesses need high-quality and capable tools to help them protect against network and Internet threats. Aanval SMB addresses these concerns with a focused implementation of our popular Aanval SAS platform, aggressively scaled and priced efficiently. We understand that SMBs need an adequate defense without breaking the budget.

Let’s get right to the point:

*Aanval SMB is priced at an extremely affordable $795 a year and includes annual support services and full product maintenance.
*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.
*Aanval SMB is designed for organizations with less than 25 network hosts.

There is no disputing the data that the number of hacking and intrusion incidents are significantly rising each year as technology progresses. SMBs need help to better understand cyber attacks and become more aware of security threats plaguing their network infrastructure. Because of the lack of knowledge about the frequency, magnitude, and the types of attacks, actionable intelligence appears to be deficient. This is a problem that must remedied by IT managers and it is recommended that organizations invest in a capable IDS that will provide situational awareness and enhance network visibility and security intelligence.

For more information about Tactical FLEX, Inc. visit the company’s website at https://www.aanval.com

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 https://www.aanval.com. Aanval® may be downloaded for testing and evaluation at https://www.aanval.com/download.

Announcing Aanval SMB and Aanval SAS v7.5- Available Today

More than 10 years ago, Aanval began as a console designed specifically for the SMB market. Over the years, Aanval has grown and matured into the number one Snort and Suricata intrusion detection console in the market, supporting organizations of every size around the world.

Our roots have always been in providing small businesses with the tools they need to protect their dynamic infrastructures, while still allowing our products to scale to fit the needs of our most demanding enterprise and government customers.

In continuance of our initial efforts, today we are announcing the release and availability of Aanval SMB.

Aanval SMB is the newest addition to the Aanval line of product licensing.

As a company, we believe that every organization, even the smallest of businesses, need high-quality and capable tools to help them protect against network and Internet threats.

Aanval SMB addresses these concerns with a focused implementation of our popular Aanval SAS platform, aggressively scaled and priced efficiently.

Let’s get straight to the point.
*Aanval SMB is priced at an extremely affordable $795 a year and includes annual support services and full product maintenance
*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
*Aanval SMB is designed for organizations with less than 25 network hosts

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Call us at (800) 921-2584 for questions.

Aanval 7.5 Released!

You asked for it, we delivered.

The most stable, efficient, and feature rich version of Aanval ever produced is available for download and upgrade starting now.

A lot of work focused on performance and customer requests has gone into this release and we are excited to get it into your hands.

A selective list of some of the dozens of changes that made it into Aanval 7.5:

*Performance and processing enhancements
*Signature policy management updates
*PDF viewing and emailing improvements
*Report scheduling upgrades
*Updated look / feel / UI
*Search performance increased
*Report performance increased
*Added 3 additional BPUs for performance
*Code refactoring for system compatability
*Much, much more

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Aanval 30-day unlimited trial licenses!

With the release of Aanval 7.5, we’ve re-introduced trial licenses for organizations who need to test Aanval in their environments without limitations on sensor capacity or event processing.

Give us a call and we’ll get you set up with an unlimited 30-day trial license, as well as provide installation assistance and full support during your trial period.

Contact us at (800) 921-2584 to get started.

Aanval Online Demo
If you haven’t seen Aanval in a while or haven’t had an opportunity for a guided demo, please take a look at our online demo and discover for yourself why Aanval is the industry’s most powerful and advanced Snort / Suricata console available.

Go straight to our demo, and use “root” and “demo” for the username and password.

About Aanval
Aanval is the industry’s most comprehensive Snort, Suricata, and Syslog Intrusion Detection, Correlation, and Threat Management console on the market.

Aanval has comprehensive compatibility and support for both Snort and Suricata, as well as virtually any Syslog data source, and is designed specifically to scale from small single-sensor installations to global enterprise deployments.
http://www.aanval.com/

DDoS Attacks Set Their Eye on SMBs: Why SMBs Should Contemplate Denial-of-Service Vulnerability Testing

Easy access to DDoS tools is putting more organizations and businesses at risk. Using a burgeoning array of inexpensive and conveniently available tools at their disposal including pay-per-use botnet services and mobile devices, hackers are crippling websites, DNS, and email servers, to incapacitate a firm’s online revenue, customer service, and brand reputation as a result of reduced network resource availability. Hackers are also distracting banks and other organizations with a DDoS attack while targeting another vulnerability in order to siphon and steal sensitive data on the network. Financial service companies handling large amounts of data are most susceptible to these attacks.

DDoS attacks can be financially damaging to any business. According to Forrester Research, a 24-hour outage due to a DDoS can result in a loss of around $27 million, or $2.1 million for a four-hour website outage. Financial services firms lost some $17 million per DDoS attacks last year. Despite news of DDoS attacks on banks, government agencies and large brands, smaller businesses are also finding themselves regularly targeted by hackers. There’s been a shift from the big brands to SMBs as DDoS attacks become more pervasive. Businesses are being targeted and attacked not because they are easy prey but because of those with whom they do business or to whom they sell services, and also for competitive reasons. If you want a specific business or organization taken offline, it’s very easy to do it now. If you want to attack one company in order to perpetrate another attack on a larger target, it can be actualized.

According to Ponemon Institute, 65% of organizations surveyed experienced three DDoS attacks in a 12-month period. All businesses including SMBs need to be smart and savvy about what they need to do to protect themselves against hackers. The most intelligent attackers do their homework first. By accessing public information, conducting a simple DNS look-up or doing recon on your security and network infrastructure, hackers will search for the best strategies to exploit weak spots. Enterprise-class organizations perform load testing to ensure that they have appropriate resources to handle a flood of excess traffic on their websites. But many SMBs don’t test their vulnerability to DDoS attacks. Many argue that is it inconvenient and it will have negative impact on business services. Testing for DDoS vulnerability and overall resource availability is actually quite easy. You should contact your security vendor and schedule a convenient time to run a test when business services will minimally be impacted and an IT administrator is on hand.

At the end of the day, it’s not only attackers whose strategies and thinking makes a significant difference. SMBs that invest more resources and understanding on how DDoS attacks work can better defend their organization and mitigate attacks. Is DDoS testing right for your SMB organization? If you stand to lose a substantial amount of revenue or frustrate many customers, business partners, or end users as a result of downtime, testing your vulnerability to DDoS attacks is worth contemplating. Tactical FLEX, Inc. offers a wide range of IT Audit and Vulnerability Assessments that can help.
We invite you to visit our IT Audit page at https://www.aanval.com/itaudit and download our Risk Management Solutions Brief https://www.aanval.com/docs/Risk_Management_Solutions_Brief.pdf

To learn how Tactical FLEX, Inc.‘s Network Security Audits and Vulnerability Assessments can assist your organization, call 800.921.2584 or email sales.group [at] tacticalflex.com.

For more information on Tactical FLEX, Inc., please visit https://www.aanval.com.

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.

Hiring an External IT Security Auditor: What to Consider in an IT Auditing and Security Assessment Company

“Performing internal regular vulnerability testing is crucial to keeping your network and IT security infrastructure secure against evolving threats. However, there comes a time when an outside set of eyes becomes necessary to validate your findings and spot problems you’ve missed. Don’t be tempted to solely rely on an audit performed by your internal staff. ”

Many organizations and businesses are investing significant amounts of money on IT because they recognize the substantial benefits that IT can bring to their business operations and services. However, companies need to ensure that their IT systems are secure, reliable, and not vulnerable to cyber attacks and data breaches. In addition, corporate governance and industry regulations require companies such as financial institutions to regularly undergo a health-check or an audit of their IT security and infrastructure. Potential customers and business partners may also insist on a security audit or to view results of a security audit prior to conducting business. Overall, performing regular vulnerability testing is crucial to keeping your network and IT security infrastructure secure. As cyber threats becomes more sophisticated, network security audits are critical to understanding how well your organization is protected against evolving security threats on an ongoing basis. However, there comes a time when an outside set of eyes becomes necessary to validate your findings. Outsiders may well spot problems you’ve missed.

Selecting an outside IT auditor is a serious commitment as you are selecting a firm that will contribute significantly to the success of your business over time. IT departments can’t take this decision lightly. An IT auditor’s failure to accurately identify, verify, and rank vulnerabilities in a given system or properly review network and system configurations can also present substantial risks for an organization including potential data loss, privacy breach, service disruption, and lost revenues. While selecting an IT auditing company, you will likely find a wide variety of IT auditing firms to consider. So what do you consider in an IT Auditing and Security Assessment company? Here are four tips to help you in the selection process of choosing a good auditing firm.

1. Real-World Experience and Track Record Counts: Look for an IT Security Audit company that has specific experience in your industry including specialized skills and extensive knowledge about real-world attacker techniques. It’s important for a firm to audit a company in an industry they are familiar and have led numerous thorough and comprehensive intrusion investigations. Don’t be influenced by certification letters as certifications don’t always equal technical competence. Make sure that the firm has actual work experience in the information security field by years of implementing and support technology. This will save you time, money, and aggravation. To work with an IT audit company and enjoy value in a favorable, long-term relationship, long-term viability is critical. A key to a long-term viability is a track record. How long has the firm been in business and what does their customer base look like? If the firm has made it through the past 5-10 years, they must be doing something right.

2. Flexibility in Pricing: Each network security audit and vulnerability assessment should be designed to meet the objectives and needs of each client. The approach to performing a security assessment is to obtain important information about the targeted organization, research security recommendations and alerts for the platform, test to confirm exposures, and create a risk analysis report. Like any business service, the fees you pay your auditor should be fair, reasonable, and not cast in stone. Pricing and payment plan should be negotiable. Some firms quote a flat rate in exchange for a report detailing their findings and recommendations. Others may estimate the number of days an audit will take. For a complex audit of an entire company, a flat rate may be more ideal for the contracting organization. Overall, it’s important to agree on the appropriate payment plan and know what you are getting for your money.

3. Find the Right Fit: Meet with an assortment of auditing firms to see which firms best
meet your objectives and needs. You may find that some firms may not be that serious about bidding for your business or choose not to bid on a small-scale project. You will also find that some firms may be hesitant to provide greater details about their methods, tools, and techniques for reviewing your network without a contract. They need to tell you how they plan to proceed with the audit, how they can meet your objectives, and what you should expect. Insist on details, as a good auditor will freely discuss their auditing methods and accept input from the organization.

4. Know with Whom You Will Be Working: When in charge of hiring expert people to audit your systems, it’s important to take time to meet the staff who will actually be working with you. Realize that the people in the pre-sales meeting are not necessarily the ones who will perform the hands-on work. Take the time to interview and select an auditing firm that you would be comfortable working with for years to come.

Conclusion:
Selecting a IT Auditing and Security Assessment company can be a substantial task. There are many auditing firms from which to select and different capabilities and services models to evaluate. The strength of an IT Auditing and Security Assessment company is determined by the skill, industry expertise, and information security knowledge of its staff members. This has led many organizations of all sizes to turn to Tactical FLEX, Inc. to help build a successful defense against today’s evolving cyber threats. Tactical FLEX, Inc. has been performing security audits and vulnerability assessments since 2003 and has identified a wide scope of critical vulnerabilities that expose organizations to external and internal breaches. As a trusted security vendor protecting more than 6,000 organizations within every industry in more than 100 countries, 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. When you partner with Tactical FLEX, Inc., we will help you obtain an accurate understanding of your financial organization’s security and risk posture while ensuring compliance with industry regulations and information security best practices. Our information security analysts can help you identify gaps in your security infrastructure and remediate issues before your network and customers are affected. The purpose of the audit after all is to get an accurate snapshot of your company’s security posture and provide a road map for improving it. Execute it right, and do it regularly, and your IT security and infrastructure will be more protected each year.

We invite you to visit our IT Audit page at https://www.aanval.com/itaudit and download our Risk Management Solutions Brief https://www.aanval.com/docs/Risk_Management_Solutions_Brief.pdf

To learn how Tactical FLEX, Inc.‘s Network Security Audits and Vulnerability Assessments can assist your organization, call 800.921.2584 or email sales.group [at] tacticalflex.com.

For more information on Tactical FLEX, Inc., please visit https://www.aanval.com.

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.