i'm a student and i'm doing project on visualization. can i know is it possible to do a 3d treemap using this DAVIX? hope to heard from you soon. thank you.
This year's VizSec Symposium will be held at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, USA on 20 July 2011. VizSec brings researchers and practioners from academia, government, and industry to share insights and present solutions to modern cyber security challenges using visualization techniques. Technical papers, speakers, and presentations will be featured in this year's program. If you are conducting research into security visualization please consider submitting a research paper (due by 1 April 2011) or a panel proposal (due by 15 April 2011).
At the recent SANS Incident response and log management summit, I was part of a panel on security visualization. As an introduction, I presented the attached slides on the security visualization trends and where we are today.
I looked at four areas for security visualization: Data, Cloud, Tools, and Security. I started with looking at the log maturity scale that I developed a while ago. Barely any of the present companies could place themselves to the right of correlation point. It's sad, but probably everyone expected it. We have a long way to go with log analysis!
It's very simple. If you don't have the data, you cannot visualize it. A lot of companies are still struggling to collect the necessary data. In some cases, the data is not even available because applications do not generate it. This is where data analysis or security people have to start voicing their needs to the application owners and developers in order to generate the data that they need. In addition, developers and security people have to communicate more to learn from each other. Ideally, it is not even the security folks that visualize and analyze the application logs, but it is the application people. Just a thought!
What we will see next year is that the Big Data movement is going to enable us to crunch more and bigger data sets. Hopefully 2011 will also give us an interoperability standard that is going to ease log analysis.
With tools I mean security visualization tools. We are absolutely nowhere with this. There are a couple of simple tools out there, but there is no tool that really does what we need: brushing, linked views, supports large data sets, easy to use, contextualized, etc.
Next year won't really change anything in this area. What we will see is that more and more tools are built on the Web. The cloud movement is kind of responsible for this push, but so is the broad utilization of HTML5 with all of it's goodness (e.g., Websockets, Canvas). We will see advances in the social space with regards to visualization tools. Security will continue utilizing those tools to analyze security data. It's not ideal because these tools are not meant for this, but hey, better than nothing! Maybe this will help creating awareness and will surface some interesting use-cases for security visualization.
I know, I am painting a gloomy picture. Hopefully 2011 will have some surprises for us!
This is a screen shot of the Tenable 3D Tool which works with SecurityCenter. It can visualize a topology based on Nessus vulnerability scans, change features of each node (color, shape, icon, size, elevation, animation) based on any type of value such as an asset class, political group, technology, .etc. Each node also can have 8 vertical bars (4 up and 4 down) which can be colored based on vulnerability, open port, missing patches, configuration issues, .etc. Each node can also have connection information displayed from IDS, netflow, firewall, login failures, .etc that have been collected by the Passive Vulnerability Scanner or from logs gathered by the Log Correlation Engine. The tool is currently in beta testing and will be available to Tenable customers in early 2011. http://www.tenable.com
Equilibrium Networks' free/open-source visual network traffic monitoring software is now available for download at http://www.eqnets.com. A video of our enterprise system in action and technical documents detailing our approaches to traffic analysis, real-time interactive visualization and alerting are also available at our website.
Besides a zero-cost download option, we are also offering Linux-oriented installation media and an enterprise version of our system with premium features such as configurable automatic alerting, nonlinear replay, and a 3D traffic display.
Discounts—including installation media for a nominal shipping and handling fee—are available to institutional researchers or in exchange for extensions to our platform.
The software can run in its entirely on a dedicated x86 workstation with four or more cores and a network tap, though our system supports distributed hardware configurations. An average graphics card is sufficient to operate the visualization engine.
On August 19th, at 10am PST I will be giving a Webinar on the topic of visualization. You can register and watch the Webinar right here:
I was giving a talk at RMLL 2010, a french free software conference. The title, Cloud-based Log Analysis and Visualization, already gives the content away. But in case, here is the abstract for the talk:
In this presentation we will explore how we can leverage the cloud to build security visualization tools. We will discuss some common visualization libraries and have a look at how they can be deployed to solve security problems. We will see how easy it is to quickly stand up such an application. To close the presentation, we will look at a number of security visualization examples that show how security data benefits from visual representations. For example, how can network traffic, firewall data, or IDS data be visualized effectively?
This small experimental project was done for the Shadowserver Foundation. They are a volunteer, Not for Profit organization who deal in the capture, analysis and dissemination of data and intelligence relating to nefarious activity on the internet. Shadowserver provided us with one day worth of data (which was several gigabytes) for us to apply some known techniques, and experiment with some new ones.
The idea of this project was simply to provide some ideas as to ways to represent their massive datasets visually. There's lot of work to go, however here are few early ideas. My favourite is a light-hearted time series visualization in the theme of an old favourite arcade game originally released in 1972 "Pong".
See all of the samples at http://dataviz.com.au/shadowserver/ideas.html
One of many tests with Afterglow, visualizing SSHD brute force logins (yellow) vs source IP addresses (green).
This one shows quickly the IPs that have the most activity (one IP has the most: the yellow explosion in the middle), along with popularly attempted userids, and the IPs which have been attempting the same userids.
Opinions sought from those working in the relevant areas - handed this document in as part of a degree project in security visualisation & monitoring, and the feedback was that the network and monitoring station/s are not realistic, and that I should have focused on port 80 and layer 7 traffic only, as layer 4 is not relevant any longer. The link provided below is only part of the document, I presume it's the part they had issues with. I wasn't actually intending to focus on web traffic, which was made clear in the document anyway (tho I did indicate to them that with the likes of Rumints packet contents visualiser, it is certainly viable to utilise that to match up with malware signature databases - but that aspect wasn't the focus of the project).
I don't expect it says anything that people working in those areas will be unaware of, and the general intention was to address what would be required for a monitoring station / network, which includes visualisation software, that would work in real-time as well as offline analysis and traffic capture.
The grouping into 'objectives' is just part of how the work has to be presented to comply with guidelines. Cheers for input, I know you're probably busy.
nb - the last part is probably wrong about ad-hoc IPs; I can't remember exactly right now how they are handed out; they probably aren't always dynamic esp. now it's more common to get fixed-IP SIMs.