Secuirty Visualization Case Study

We recently posted a case study of how a Fortune 100 company is using Security Visualization as a front end to their various data collection systems. The Security Visualization allows the company's analysts to look at 100's of thousands of correlations each day and apply human pattern recognition to spot the "needles in the haystack". These are threats that are designed to avoid traditional intrusion and event management. Once the potential threat is identified and the log data is carved down to just the logs that are relevant, that subset of log data is then attached to a case study and delivered to case investigation for further evaluation. In addition to identifying and carving down to just the relevant logs, the security visualization also makes it easier to communicate the findings to the extended team.

In this situation data is imported from several sources. Those sources include intrusion detection systems (e.g., SourceFire), firewall protection (e.g., Palo Alto, SonicWALL), and virus scan / endpoint protection (e.g. Symantec) in addition to correlation systems (e.g., HP ESM, Splunk, etc.). Security Visualization allows the analysts to hunt for unknown and unexpected threats. Threats such as time staged attacks, diagonal attacks, cluster attacks, octal jump attacks, embedded activity attacks, etc.

This case study is recorded and can be viewed at The case study lasts 25 minutes, and is followed by a Q&A.

Doug Cogswell,
ADVIZOR Solutions, Inc.