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SecViz got a new Logo

Have you noticed? There is a new logo for secviz.org. To be correct this is the first real logo. What was there before wasn't really a logo.

Applied Security Visualization Book is Available!

The Applied Security Visualization book is DONE and available in your favorite store!

You can download an electronic version of Chapter 5 for free! The book also ships with a version of DAVIX, the Data Analysis and Visualization Linux!

Martin McKeay recorded a podcast with me where I talk a little bit about the book.

ISSA Journel - Security Visualization: What you don’t see can hurt you

Russ McRee wrote an article for the ISSA journel where he describes various security visualization approaches. SecViz is prominently featured, as well as a few tools, such as TNV, InetVis, and Rumint. The article also mentions DAVIX. You can read the article here.
In an older article, Russ talked about Argus – Auditing network activity. In that article, he mentions how to use AfterGlow for network traffic analysis.

Applied Security Visualization PodCast from FIRST 2008

At the end of June, during FIRST 2008, Peter Wood and Ben Chai interviewed me about my Applied Security Visualization talk and my book. I really like how the podcast turned out. Tune in!

Applied Security Visualization - FIRST 2008 Talk

I taught a workshop in Vancouver at the FIRST 2008 conference. I put the slides for the talk about Applied Security Visualization online. It covers parts of the book on the same topic. The outline of the talk looks as follows:

  • Visualization
  • Log Data Processing
  • IT Data Search
  • Charts and Graphs
  • Visualization Tools
  • Perimeter Threat
  • Compliance
  • The podcast discussing the presentation.

    VizSec 2008 Call for Posters and Demos

    VizSEC 2008 Workshop on Visualization for Cyber Security
    September 15, 2008 / Cambridge, MA USA
    In conjunction with RAID 2008

    Submission deadlines:
    Poster and Demo submissions - July 18, 2008

    VizSec is accepting submissions (2 page abstract) for posters and demonstrations. Poster and Demo abstracts will be made available on the VizSec web site.

    Posters can be used to describe work in progress or updates to previously published VizSec research or R&D. Poster submissions should consist of a 2 page abstract. Poster will be presented at the VizSec/RAID reception. Abstracts will be made available on the web site.

    Demonstrations can be used to show new or updated development efforts. Demo submissions should consist of a 2 page abstract. Demonstrations will take place at the VizSec/RAID reception. (You will need to bring a laptop for demos.) Abstracts will be made available on the web site.


    New Paper - An approach to malware collection log visualization

    I have just published an article related to malware collection log visualization.

    The paper focus on visualization of Nepenthes logs using AfterGlow. In the paper you can find information about correlation ips with countries and binary files with ClamAV signatures with the goal of generating interesting graphs.

    You can get it at
    An approach to malware collection log visualization


    Call for DAVIX Beta Testers

    You may have noticed a page on secviz.org called DAVIX. DAVIX is the upcoming live CD for data analysis and visualization, which will be released at Blackhat/DEFCON in Las Vegas in August 2008.

    We have prepared the second beta version of DAVIX. Raffael and I are now seeking for beta testers that have the time to test DAVIX and answer the questionnaire that comes along with the beta version.

    All completely filled out questionnaires received by me until Monday 23 June 2008 18:00 UTC will enter a raffle for one autographed copy of Raffy's upcoming book Applied Security Visualization. Legal recourse is excluded.

    If you want to participate in the beta test please contact: jan.monsch ät iplosion.com

    Applied Security Visualization

    Author: Raffael Marty
    Publisher: Addison Wesley Professional
    ISBN-10: 0-321-51010-0
    ISBN-13: 978-0-321-51010-5
    Pages: 552
    Publisher Book Home: http://www.informit.com/store/product.aspx?isbn=0321510100
    Safari (electronic version): http://safari.informit.com/9780321585530
    Marketing Material: Book Flyer
    Sample Chapter: Download Chapter 5
    Video Interview: Interview with Raffael Marty.
    Latest version of DAVIX:

    “Collecting log data is one thing, having relevant information is something else. The art to transform all kinds of log data into meaningful security information is the core of this book. Raffy illustrates in a straight forward way, and with hands-on examples, how such a challenge can be mastered. Let's get inspired.”
    Andreas Wuchner, Head of Global IT Security, Novartis

    Use Visualization to Secure Your Network Against the Toughest, Best-Hidden Threats

    As networks become ever more complex, securing them becomes more and more difficult. The solution is visualization. Using today’s state-of-the-art data visualization techniques, you can gain a far deeper understanding of what’s happening on your network right now. You can uncover hidden patterns of data, identify emerging vulnerabilities and attacks, and respond decisively with countermeasures that are far more likely to succeed than conventional methods.
    In Applied Security Visualization, leading network security visualization expert Raffael Marty introduces all the concepts, techniques, and tools you need to use visualization on your network. You’ll learn how to identify and utilize the right data sources, then transform your data into visuals that reveal what you really need to know. Next, Marty shows how to use visualization to perform broad network security analyses, assess specific threats, and even improve business compliance.
    He concludes with an introduction to a broad set of visualization tools. The book’s CD also includes DAVIX, a compilation of freely available tools for security visualization.
    You'll learn how to:

    • Intimately understand the data sources that are essential for effective visualization

    • Choose the most appropriate graphs and techniques for your IT data

    • Transform complex data into crystal-clear visual representations

    • Iterate your graphs to deliver even better insight for taking action

    • Assess threats to your network perimeter, as well as threats imposed by insiders

    • Use visualization to manage risks and compliance mandates more successfully

    • Visually audit both the technical and organizational aspects of information and network security

    • Compare and master today¿s most useful tools for security visualization

    Contains the live CD Data Analysis and Visualization Linux (DAVIX). DAVIX is a compilation of powerful tools for visualizing networks and assessing their security. DAVIX runs directly from the CD-ROM, without installation.


    Here are a few typos and errors that I have found or others have found in the book. Thanks for reporting them (either via email to me or as a comment here).

    • Inside cover: My name is mis-spelled (Rafael instead of Raffael)

    • Page 15, Figure 1-7: Similarty should be Similarity in the top right of the figure.

    • Page 26: Says 172. It should say 127.

    • Page 69, under Chart Axes section: "... the vertical axis is generally the y-axis". This should be the z-axis.

    • Page 91, Figure 3-22: Arrow from "web" to "" should be going the other direction.

    • Page 162 at the very top: It should mention that there are four, not three subcategories.

    • Page 192: line 13 in example: It should be a tilde ~ instead of the [td].

    • Index: MADC should be MACD.

    Press / Related Material

    Past events

    Additional Visualization Tools

    Here is a list of visualization tools. This list is a continuation of what you can find in Chapter 9 "Visualization Tools":

    Sample Figures

    gltail: cisco asa parser

    worked up a cisco asa parser for gltail ( http://www.fudgie.org/ ) to do firewall movies specific to cisco.

    I'll submit to the ruby project for gltail, but if anyone wants it email me at jeff@jeffbryner.com.