SOAR like an Eagle

Security Operation Center is a well structured and organized department dedicated to quickly respond to alerts and solve incidents. If you have ever visited or worked at a Security Operation Center, you understand how difficult it is to get your system, cybersecurity tools, and staff to coordinate and streamline different detection and response to all incoming attacks.

One of the most overbearing tasks is figuring out what threats are actually “real” by correlating data and coordinating the appropriate response. With the new technology arriving in the cyber world every day, teams need to stay agile, adapt and learn quickly.

The main challenge is to organize all new technology and tools to make sure that it does not only create noise and make it too difficult to notice real threats in that noise. This is where security orchestration comes in. Security orchestration and incident response automation is done through connecting security tools and integrating disparate security systems. This connected layer streamlines and centralizes security processes and powers security automation.

With the mass output that is created from today’s security tools, it’s no question the security centers are experiencing serious fatigue from alerts. That is where a security orchestration automation response product comes handy. It coordinates the flow of data and tasks by integrating existing tools and processes into a repeatable, automatable playbooks. Security orchestration platform connects your systems, tools, and processes together. This allows you to leverage automation as necessary, and get more value out of the center by diminishing response time and automating repetitive manual tasks. By introducing cybersecurity orchestration and automation tool, you replace slow and manual processes with contextual decision making and fast responses.

Automated systems are shifting from a luxury to a necessity. It has become more complex to manage a variety of security tools and process them manually. This leads to inefficiency and increases human error into the equation. The effort to manually retrieve data is extensive and timely.

The good news is that security orchestration takes these tasks and delivers results with far better accuracy. This will leave managers more time to work on the business aspect of their job, knowing they have the “best of the best” aka. CyberSponse taking care of their cyber protection.

It is no secret that every company has moving parts, so it is impossible to stay ahead without some form of automation. With security orchestration, product companies can take those complex processes, put them in seamless and automated playbooks. With security orchestration and automation response in place, security teams can automate users by adding or subtracting them from the pre-built integrations your business uses and the custom playbooks that they can access.

Adaptation of security orchestration and automation incident response (SOAR) platform will transform your team in a big way. It will provide more time for your team to concentrate on the strategic insights of business and to build a deeper layer of defense. In addition, SOARs help to connect the dots between each tool and better inform security team members in the event of an incident. So who is the best at automating these playbooks? The answer is simple — CyberSponse.

CyberSponse Inc., a global leader in cybersecurity automation and orchestration, helps accelerate an organization’s processes, security operations teams and incident responders. The CyberSponse platform enables organizations to seamlessly integrate, automate and playbook their security tool stack, enabling better, faster and more effective security operations. With a global presence, offering an enterprise platform, CyberSponse enables organizations to secure their security operations teams and environments. For more information, visit http://www.cybersponse.com.

To find more on Incident Response and how to use playbooks in your organization please check out our other website: incidentresponse.com.

For those of you in the information security world, you clearly know the difference between CERT and CSIRT. What if you were not apart of this world? Could you tell the difference? Some people believe that they are interchangeable, that you can have one without the other. Well here is some facts that will make you see the distinct difference between the two.

Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) usually can be found in the predominate computer security organizations and various global sectors of government, commerce, and academia. It is driven by excessive work by the most software engineer.

Computer Security Incident Response Team (CSIRT) is much more generic and has often been taken on and used by many businesses.

The more striking differences are in the scope of each other’s duties and responsibilities. CERTs are usually working with the internet community to facilitate its response to computer security events involving different hosts, to take proactive steps to bring community’s awareness of computer security issues and to evaluate the research that targets improving the security of existing systems. CERT products are usually 24-hour technical assistance to respond to computer security incidents and product vulnerabilities.

CSIRTs are usually services responsible for receiving, reviewing and responding to computer security incident reports and activities. Their services are usually performed for a defined constituent that could vary from a corporation to a paying client. CSIRT can be a formalized team or an ad hoc team, like CERT. A formalized team performs incident response work at its core function. On the other hand, an ad hoc team is called together during an ongoing computer security incident. They also can track down perpetrators of an incident so that the guilty parties can be shut down and effectively prosecuted.

In a lot of ways, these two teams are very similar. They both can be formalized teams or put together on ad hoc basis. In organizations, there may be one or both teams, depending on the company’s structure and priorities.

One way you can help both your information security teams is by using CyberSponse, the best in the Security Orchestration Automation Response (SOAR). CyberSponse Incorporated, a global leader in cyber security automation & orchestration, helps accelerate organization’s processes, security operations teams and incident responders. The CyberSponse platform enables organizations to seamlessly integrate, automate and prepare playbooks for their security tool stack, enabling better, faster and more effective security operations. With a global presence, offering an enterprise platform, CyberSponse allows organizations to secure their security operations teams and environments. For more information, visit http://www.cybersponse.com.

For more on Incident Response and how to use playbooks in your organization please check out our other website: incidentresponse.com.

CyberSecurity from the Inside Out

Through extensive research and technological development, the guidelines for trustworthy cybersecurity operations have evolved. Secure systems were advanced and provide capabilities, functions, services, and operations to prevent a wide range of disruptions, threats, and other hazards.

Simultaneously, hacking techniques and tools are progressing as well. And from all the breaches that keep occurring it is obvious that cyber offense is still one step ahead of defense…

Here are some key factors on how things have changed:

  • Background: Most of the industrialized nations have experienced explosive growth in information technology. This technological advancement gives the world computing and communication tools that mankind could never foresee coming. As a result, the majority of world’s population is becoming more and more dependent on using IT in their personal and professional lives. Today, we are spending more on cybersecurity than ever before. At the same time, we are witnessing an increasing number of successful cyberattacks by nation states, terrorists, and hacktivists who are stealing our intellectual property, national secrets, and private data. Unless we make a radical change to the way we think about our own security and fight these attacks, they are going to have an increasingly debilitating and potentially disastrous effect on the U.S. economy and national security interests.
  • The problem is simple:  Our fundamental cybersecurity problem can be summed up in two words “too complex”. There are simply too many software, firmware, and hardware components that we rely on to run our critical infrastructure, business, and industrial systems. Increasing complexity translates to a bigger attack surface, providing adversaries a limitless opportunity to exploit vulnerabilities resulting from inherent weaknesses and deficiencies in the components of the underlying systems. While we are making significant improvements in our reactive security measures, including intrusion detection and response capabilities, those measures fail to address the fundamental weaknesses in system architecture and design. These weaknesses can only be addressed by a holistic approach based on sound systems security engineering techniques and security design principles. This holistic approach will make our systems more penetration-resistant and capable of limiting the damage from disruptions, hazards, and threats.
  • National Strategy: Today, the cybersecurity threats to our government, businesses, critical infrastructure, industrial base, and citizens are as severe as threats of terrorism or the risk during the Cold War. Overcoming these threats will require a significant investment of resources and involvement of government, industry, and the academic community. It will take a concerted effort on a level we haven’t seen since President Kennedy dared us to do the impossible and put a man on the moon over a half century ago. We can do it again, but the clock is ticking and the time is short. Creating more trustworthy, secure systems require a holistic view of the challenges, the application of concepts, principles, and best practices of science and engineering to solve those problems. The leadership has to be focused to do the right thing—even when such actions may not be popular.

Only working together as a nation, we will be able to decrease the number of successful cybersecurity attacks.
Please check out our website CyberSponse and also the Incident Response website for more information and playbooks.

SEVEN UN-WONDERS OF INCIDENT RESPONSE

Today there is an exponential rise in the number in attacks on the US Government and Commercial enterprise networks. These events have executives more proactive than previous years when it comes to their opinions of cyber security countermeasures. Firewalls, antivirus, IPS, IDS, are expected to assist with defending against threats but with the advancement of malware and other APT’s, these tools simply will not prevent you from a likely intrusion. It is not if, it’s when. When your network is compromised, what can your security team do to succeed in mitigating threats from your networks and doing so in a quick manner?

When it comes to big businesses and the government, security teams need to better grasp what to do and what not to do when you are compromised.  Well here are the 7 most common mistakes when it comes to Incident response (IR) and lessons to learn from:

  • Not On The Lookout:  You cannot protect yourself from what you cannot see. Having an Incident response plan that most team members have never seen or heard of, is useless.  For most enterprises, IR consists of identifying the machine that had the “problem” and then takes it offline or of the network. This needs visibility because you do not know whether or not if the infected machine is also compromising other machines on the network. In order to be effective, the data from these advanced persistent threats should collect, analyzed and archived for a thorough review with law enforcement and for threat indicator sharing. You do not want people to be looking for the data “needle” in the network “haystack” when they recall a similar incident happening in the past.
  • Not Having the Mojo: An expert in security does not necessarily mean that one is an expert in cyber incident response. Cybersecurity is so broad and deep that skills in various areas can leave a team helpless if not occupied with the right skill sets. Corporations need skilled responders that know their network environment so they may assist in reviewing the risks associated but also have an open mind to suggestions. To have “mojo” you not only need technical responders but also key players in departments such as Legal, IT, HR, Public Relations. These players will be there to help with respective efforts surrounding your incident response plan. Bringing these departments in the forefront will avoid the scrambling around, stress and chaos when there is a breach.
  • Not Having a Budget: With certain situations, you have to cut corners with some department budgets more than others. In some security related departments, leadership can at times not use their budgets effectively. With Incident responders, they need to translate technical needs into business relevance when addressing management for approvals. This approach helps keep stakeholders in the loop and what are efforts are being taken to fix the security gaps. Do not forget if management has no idea what is going on with the IR team, there’s little hope of them increasing your budget. Communication is the key to all effective action.
  • Running With Your Head Cut Off: This somewhat goes without saying that besides the budget for tools, you will need 100% absolutely need a comprehensive plan to respond to cybersecurity threats. Businesses need to a well written IR visual playbook that has clear defined roles and approved procedures for responding to the certain type of incidents.  We all know that questions will come when certain events take place and it’s best to have pre-set and well-prepared answers.
  • You Are Just Following Everyone’s Lead: There is no instruction manual that everyone uses when it comes to incident response plans or the playbooks that you use. Ideally, your IR plan should strike a comfortable balance between having policies in place and making the right decisions during a crisis. Don’t let bad leadership skills lead great team players. A well-prepared plan and team covers who owns what section of the plan and obtains familiarity with the leadership style of the organization. Do not let too many layers of approval hinder the efficiency of skilled responders.
  • Not the Right Threat Model: Along those same lines, the digital assets that you focus the most time and effort on protecting should be what is most valuable assets to your organization. Unfortunately, no Computer Security Incident Response Team (CSIRT) can protect everything from everything and do it all the time. It is critical to know where your organization’s risk really lies and who and what is manning the tower. Know which assets would have the biggest impact on the success (or failure) to your organization if compromised.
  • Not Knowing Your Devices and What They Can Do:  There are multiple tools out there that can significantly improve your incident response process, plans and procedures. With today’s complex network infrastructures, devices need to be tuned and configured according to your organization’s size and needs. More often than not, these same tools need to be upgraded, traded, canceled or replaced as needs and requirements can change in this evolving space.  Neglecting to retune a security tool can also lead to alert overload, which actually makes the job of an incident responder painful and a complete hassle. When you purchase new security tools, be sure you take the time to learn how it works and how to make it work for you and your use cases.

Hopefully, you take the smart route and install a Security Orchestration  Automation Response (SOAR) product like Cybersponse to help mature your security team and build an effective incident response plan(s). A SOAR will save you time, money, hassle, turnover and have your IR team appreciate leadership’s decision to purchase one.
For more information about building some basic incident response plans, please go to Incidentresponse.com  and keep on a look out for the September Conference.

Better Safe than Sorry

We hear about cybersecurity attacks in the news all the time. We know they exist in our daily lives and some people fear them but how dangerous are they?

Many studies show that more than half of organizations lack the capability to gather data from across their own environment or coordinate centralized alerts to the business about suspicious activity. So how many organizations actually have incident response plans? Or how many do not have a plan for attacks like this?  The numbers might shock some of you. In recent studies have shown that 45% do not have any type of incident response plan in place.

When a breach or severe incident occurs businesses need to have an incident response (IR) plan ready on file or easily assessable. The numbers show that while a small portion of organizations has an IR plan in place, and two-thirds do not and for the small fraction that does, never actually have tested it. So if no one has a plan, what is the point of having one? How does an organization even test an incident response plan? Is it like having a fire drill?

Here are some tips for the immediately after, short-term, and long-term incident response to avoid an even more difficult situation:

Immediately thereafter

  • Speed and Precision: Take a look at whatever you can find about the adversaries’ behaviors and applicable countermeasures that can provide insight and plan out a course of action. Acting quickly will limit further damage.
  • Plan, then Attack: Like a sports team losing at halftime, learn how your opponent is exploiting your weaknesses. In this case, see what information and files are exfiltrated and search for indicators of compromise across the host or network traffic. Needless to say, a plan accordingly and choose wisely.
  • Isolating Unaffected Networks and Systems: There’s no need to shut off all systems or take down your networks, but it’s important to identify if possible where the adversary is and isn’t and containerize assets from impacted networks or hosts. Avoiding further infiltration can only happen if you respond quickly and appropriately.

Short-term Efforts

  • Record Actions: It is important to monitor and track how you defend yourself from an attack in order to remediate and understand what produced positive results and what did not work coupled with where certain vulnerabilities might have been exploited or contributed to the incident.
  • Retain an Expert: If you don’t have the required skills, you could be putting your business or even the incident itself at further risk. Hire external and qualified experts to augment your incident response efforts and remediation efforts in the event of a compromise. Monitoring and working with advanced incident response consultants regularly by running breach readiness and incident response tabletop exercises.

Long-Term

  • Identify, Remediate and Assess Vulnerabilities: After the immediate threat has been neutralized, the process of recovery must begin as part of a well-orchestrated response. The vulnerabilities also exploited by threat actors in the first place must be identified and remediated. Prepare your team, change your processes, and update your technology so that you can avoid repeat occurrences. By doing this, you can better identify risk and exposure points within your network perimeter.
  • Deploy Network and Endpoint Monitoring Systems: These systems will help your team more efficiently detect and investigate current and future threat events.  Organizations have to do all they can to ensure that they have the highest level of visibility of their IT and networking environment through continuous monitoring and active response.
  • Brief and Review the Organization’s IR Plan: It is critical to analyze and interpret results of a table top assessment by using intelligence you’ve gathered from past experiences, current events, and even expert consultants. Collaborate with information sharing groups, connect with other businesses who have mature incident response teams and have implemented best practice incident response monitoring within their organization.

Maintaining visibility and repeatable processes during any major security crisis is absolutely crucial to ensure the absolutely best reduction to losses to your organization. Do not let moments of high stress and careless mistakes destroy your company & your brand. CyberSponse has been proven to save time and money with your organization’s response and cost of doing business.

For more information on Incident Response and on the best in Security Orchestration Automation Response (SOAR), please reach out to our sales team for more information.  CyberSponse was named one of the Top 20 Promising Companies from RSA 2017 by CIO Review. No Participation Trophy here! 🙂

SOC(K)? You Mean For Your Feet?

We all know socks are comfy. We wear them with shoes. What about the other SOC, the one for your business and information security. This post is about the Security Operation Center (SOC) and how to develop it successfully.

What is a “SOC”? Most probably it is in the basement of your company and you have no idea what even goes on down there. Security operations center consists of a highly organized and highly well-trained team. Its objective is to always preserve and improve company’s security while preventing, detecting, analyzing, and responding to cybersecurity incidents by using technology through well-prepared processes and procedures. The SOC must have a clearly defined and business-specific strategy that depends on executive support and sponsorship.

The SOC addresses company’s cybersecurity, the stronger the executive sponsorship the more successful the SOC will be.

The environment of SOC needs to be carefully planned. The layout of SOC has to be carefully designed to be comfortable and functional — you might think stuff like lighting and acoustics would not make a huge difference, but it does. With SOC’s role of containing several areas, including the operating room, ”war room” for when they have to fight incidents, and supervisor’s offices. Comfort, efficiency, and control are key in this scenario and every single area must be designed accordingly.

After you have that all settled, time to look at the technology you will need. Many components are necessary to build a complete tech environment within the SOC: firewalls, IPs/IDSs, breach detection solutions, SIEM, and, of course, security operation automation response (SOAR) product like CyberSponse to glue everything together.

Effective and efficient data gathering is fundamental for a successful SOC. Data flow, telemetry, packet captures, Syslog and several types of events must be collected, correlated and analyzed from a security perspective. Data enrichment and information about vulnerabilities affecting the entire ecosystem have to be monitored for security reasons.

Well, you think machines can do it on their own? That is a wrong assumption. Even with the most advanced and best-equipped control, rooms are worth nothing without people bringing it to life! If you look at the three important parts to a successful SOC, technology, people, and process are the three main columns.

To be a successful team you will need all rules to fulfilled properly: leaders, engineers, analysts, and operations professionals. Many functions must be carried out and analysts will be assigned to two or three tiers. Primary functions provided by the team members will be the analysis of real-time monitoring of events, alerts of security incidents or data breaches. Followed by the response to these incidents (after the necessary triage phase) and figuring out the damages of each incident.

SOC’s organizational skills need to be in the forefront of this process. Each member must stick to the plan that the leadership put into place when incidents like that happen. The SOC manager must be able to build the team, motivate the members, retain people and make them see value in the business. The SOC manager has to make sure SOC is running 24/7 with tasks like selecting right members for the team. SOC manager and staff are of the same importance, if not more than technology.

A deeper analysis of the technology components supporting the SOC cannot be divorced from a strong emphasis on security. Every single detail of an in-depth approach must not be overlooked: LAN segmentation, VPN, endpoints hardening, encryption of data at rest, in use and in motion, protection through well configured and monitored IPSs/IDSs, firewalls, routers, and switches.

Moreover, adding CyberSponse to help control all different cybersecurity tools. Since SOC is run by team effort, collaboration tools have to be carefully designed to give the members the best user experience available.

As soon as the SOC is operational and live, the team will have to carry out its plan and will have to react to incidents. When an incident arises, a ticket is opened and a case will have to be investigated. Different levels of escalations, leading possibly to the Computer Security Incident Response Team (CSIRT), could be put in place and the team must collaborate leveraging all the available tools and procedures until the closure of the case. With a SOAR product like CyberSponse, a company can create playbooks and automate them on how to fix them and save them for future reference.

I hope all this was helpful to better understand the functions of SOC.

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How To Become a Kick-Ass CISO

How To Become a Kick-Ass CISO

Well, you did it! You did everything you can to go after that Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) role you have always wanted. You built your network, maintained your training, and logged in countless hours in the other information security role. You are ready to rock!

Board members and business executives will tell you the same thing, expectations when choosing the next CISO are very high. Why is that? Most senior management expects the CISO to have one eye always on the day-to-day security posture of the business and the other on the booming market trend and technologies that require strategic thinking. They also have to build and maintain strong relationships with not only the managers but all stakeholders. Not to mention, find time to create meaningful management reporting, fight for funding and manage a budget, be aware of new laws and regulations, and build get the right team. So many demands and responsibilities!

Below are some tips to help you surf the waves that will be hitting you as a CISO:

  1. Business Knowledge → Technical Knowledge: Now why would they want you to know the business more than the technical side? Technical know-how is critical but it would not matter if you do not understand the industry you are in or the goals of your own organization. For CISOs, especially, understanding business process, being able to put security into a business context, and having the knowledge of external industry drivers who share company and industry is just as equally important, if not more, as knowing how to manage a pen test.
  2. Relationships, Relationships, Relationships:  Honestly, CISOs are the most important guys when it comes to stakeholder engagement most of the time. Developing and maintaining a synergetic relationship with the stakeholders inside and outside the parameters of your company — is the key to your future success. Strong and communicative relationships will improve CISO’s ability to get the necessary funding and drive the changes to security policies that could have a positive impact on their business. During dire situations, having the stakeholders on your side could help seal the deal.
  3. The Spotlight Shines Bright:  Many of the newer CISOs are usually overwhelmed with how much time they actually have to spend on developing management reports and getting ready for presentations to their on Board of Directors. Nowadays the Boards of many companies focuses on its risk profile, threats, vulnerabilities, and the true effectiveness of spread out control of the company, rather than wishful cyber thinking. CISOs receive more calls from the big boys to present to them on a more frequent basis. They also are able to provide regular and constant near real-time security reporting. All important for the company but it is time-consuming work, so as CISO be ready to manage different tasks you are not accustomed to.
  4. The Future is Bright, So Should Be Your Thinking:  When you are in the role of a CISO, not only you think about the data breaches at hand, but you need to be ready to adapt to the unknown threats coming your way. Executives expect their CISO to be more than just a security guy; they are also meant to be business strategists. In a world where disruptive technologies turn “business as usual” upside down overnight, a successful CISO has to put some time and energy into the future as well as the present
  5. The Present is a Gift That Should Always be Watch Over: CISO needs to be able to effectively find and patch vulnerabilities with no or little problems. Why? Most executives want more patches to fix with the resources they have given the CISO in a timely fashion, sometimes the IT organizations tend to be lackluster in this area. Board members and executives want execution and leadership from the CISO to ensure organization. 

Now you are ready, you know what awaits you when you are CISO. Never lose sight of what needs to get done but have the knowledge of what’s coming next.

Applying cybersecurity orchestration and automation can save time, money and resources in company’s security operations. CyberSponse Incorporated, a global leader in cyber security automation & orchestration, helps accelerate organization’s processes, better manage security operations teams and incident responders. The CyberSponse platform enables organizations to seamlessly integrate, automate and create playbooks for their security tool stack. This enables better, faster and more effective security operations. With a global presence, offering an enterprise platform, Cybersponse provides a great solution for organizations to secure their cybersecurity operations teams and environments. Helping CISOs one step at a time!!

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How can an Incident Response Plan Improve Cybersecurity?

Cybersecurity has been a headline recently more than ever. Why may you wonder?

Currently, a major part of our society’s progress is developing hand in hand with technology and data. With that being said we are becoming more vulnerable in digital space. Hackers have gained ground and are one step forward in cyber offensive operations. As a result, organizations and companies are more often victims of a data breach. The damage of a cyber attack might cause short or long term substantial losses, customer trust and destroy brand name.

Nowadays cybersecurity threats are constantly changing. New threats are emerging every day!! The risks are coming from outsiders and insiders. Companies have to defend against every kind of attack because it just takes one flaw for an organization’s network to be exploited and taken over.

We all agree that organizations and companies are in danger. The questions are how well the organization is prepared to respond to a cyber attack? Actually, it depends on their incident response plan.

Did you know that it is actually a requirement for business to have an incident response plan? According to the International Information Security Standard and Business Continuity Standard, it is a requirement to develop a cyber incident response management plan. An incident response plan helps businesses have a comprehensive step-by-step outlined process that should be followed if an incident happens.

To prepare a very detailed incident response plan there are challenges that an organization has to overcome and consider. Organizations can have significant difficulty in responding to cybersecurity incidents, particularly to sophisticated cyber attacks.

Some of the challenges organizations face in responding to a cybersecurity incident in a fast, effective and consistent manner are:

1.Identifying a suspected cybersecurity incident;

2.Establishing the objectives of an investigation and a clean-up operation;

3.Analyzing all available information related to the potential cybersecurity incident;

4.Determining what has actually happened;

5.Identifying what systems, networks, and information (assets) have been compromised;

6.Determining what information has been disclosed to unauthorized parties, stolen, deleted or corrupted;

7.Finding out who did it and why;

8.Working out how it happened;

9.Determining the potential business impact of the cybersecurity incident;

10.Conducting sufficient investigation using forensics to identify those responsibly.

Why are we writing this? To make you afraid of what the world have become? No, we want to make you aware of what we heard from different sources of cyber incident response. CyberSponse is the solution to an efficient incident response management. CyberSponse provides playbooks, makes incident response faster and more efficient. As a result, cybersecurity team can tackle more alerts, increases productivity and saves more money and time.

CyberSponse Inc. is a global leader in cyber security automation & orchestration. CyberSponse helps accelerate organization’s processes, security operations teams and improves incident responses. The CyberSponse platform enables organizations to seamlessly integrate, automate their security tool stack, and orchestrate case management workflow; enabling better, faster and more effective security operations. With a global presence, offering an enterprise platform, Cybersponse allows organizations to secure their security operations teams and environments.

The writing’s on the wall, so it is now up to you how you want to equip how to tackle a fast changing world and technology.

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The Difference between the Security Operations Center (SOC) & Network Operations Center (NOC)

Work in cybersecurity field is full of surprises every day. In information security, just as on a football field, if you do not understand formations, play calling, and tendencies of your opponents, then you will not be able to understand the risks your organization is facing.

Even after all the recent data breaches and successful hacking attacks, many companies and organizations still disregard major security guidelines. Moreover, many organizations underestimate cyber criminals and hacktivists who are always at least on if not two or three steps forward.

The majority of companies have adopted the “monitor and response” cybersecurity strategy. This strategy generally takes place in a Security Operations Center (SOC) or a Network Operations Center (NOC). In most organizations, the SOC and NOC complement each other’s functions.

The roles of SOC and NOC are not subtly but fundamentally different. The SOC and NOC are responsible for identifying, investigating, prioritizing, escalating and resolving issues, but the types of issues and impact they have are considerably different.

The NOC handles incidents and alerts that affect performance and availability. The NOC’s job is to meet service level agreements (SLAs) and manage incidents in a way that reduces downtime. It focuses on availability and performance.

The SOC focuses on incidents and alerts that affect the security of information assets. Its main role is to protect intellectual property and sensitive customer data – a focus on security.

While both are critically important to any organization, combining the SOC and NOC into one entity and having them each handle the other’s duties can spell disaster – because their approaches are so different and skill sets required to manage are distinctive.

An NOC analyst must be proficient in network, application and systems engineering, while SOC analysts require security engineering skills.

Last but not least, the very nature of the adversaries that each group tackles is different. The SOC focuses on “intelligent adversaries” while the NOC deals with naturally occurring system events.

Consequently, both SOC and NOC are needed to work side-by-side but in conjunction with one another.

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The Mystery Behind CyberSponse’s Last Day at RSA

No need to call the gang from Mystery Inc.!! Our post today is here to give you answers to the mystery that everyone is trying to figure out.The mystery of why CyberSponse was not there on the last day of RSA.

The RSA show this year has attracted the biggest crowd of vendors and attendees since its beginning. Especially, it was a fascinating and exciting time for companies in the security automation and orchestration space.

CyberSponse’s staff felt the hype and enthusiasm among visitors while visiting CyberSpone’s booth. Our company has a different style and approach and has managed to build an enterprise that has a lot of people talking. Sometimes we wonder if the word “disruption” is supposed to mean “similar” or alike because of what we see in the industry today like identical marketing by everyone, does not remind of any disruption. CyberSponse enjoys disruption and will continue to expand on our innovation. Hey, has anyone really built anything without ruffling a few feathers? Not likely.

Today, more than ever, to create a niche for yourself, you need to “disrupt” the current process or offering in order to create something more efficient, more effective and more logical. At the end of the day, CyberSponse offers an entirely different perspective and others are very interested to see and explore it.

While this topic can create a debate that would last till the “cows come home”… In recent past, we have seen Uber disrupt the taxi industry, Netflix send Blockbuster into dissolution, the cyber security industry creates billions of dollars of value. It is clear there is no “cookie-cutter” way to run or build a business and last time I checked. Axe is a warrior!! #Billions

So back to disruption and breaking some of the molds of creation. What does it really mean to disrupt and build something new or completely different? Well, Google defines the word “disrupt” as: dis·rupt, verb

To interrupt (an event, activity, or process) by causing a disturbance or problem.

To throw into confusion, throw into disorder, throw into disarray, cause confusion/turmoil in, play havoc with drastically alter or destroy the structure of (something).

Although some could argue that building a business on deception is fair game, I think it is wrong. Moreover, I believe that the industry is tired of all of it. This sector has also seen teams choose to pick their share of battles amongst each other too. We all know that it’s not something that is healthy or helps to provide a better service to protect our customers and country.

Let’s get back to the mystery… So why did we leave the last day? The answer is pretty simple. Our team spent four 20-hour days. I made the call to let them join their families for some R&R. While I would never have thought that so many people would have asked us about our “early” departure, it has me thinking that maybe we’ll do it next year but with a big sign that says, “We Left to Continue Solving Problems” — kidding of course — or am I? 🙂

We all know that the last day of RSA tends to be slow, probably associated with the fact that everyone was up until 2-3am for the last three days. We also know that most of us are hoarse from all the talking we’re doing with loud techno music playing in a club filled with industry peers. Leaving RSA was in the best interest. It allowed CyberSponse to take home some incredible opportunities with customers that have the demand exceeding all our expectations and projections. Was it a good call? Looking back, I would not have changed anything.  Although I think we should have posted an explanation on our social media channels. It’s better to explain than let anyone “fill in the blank” and we have heard some interesting assumptions why we left.

As many of you know, I tend to call it as I see it and I am very transparent about my intentions in life, competing in the market and also who out there is real and who is not. This team and I are here to solve problems. We are here to create and not take from anyone, we aim to innovate and not copy, and our main mission is to protect companies and countries from adversaries.

More importantly, we are here to protect our creativity, domain, and ideas. Many brilliant people have come and gone, but few know how to execute an idea. If you can do both, then you are dangerous or disruptive. Disruptive in a good way, making other people aim higher, be more creative and working harder.

The world we live in today is no cupcake or joyride, creating millions of dollars in value and defending your domain in a highly competitive space is no easy feat. Operating in this competitive environment can at times leave scars on your back.

So why did CyberSponse leave RSA? We left because we love what we do and needed to get back to work. I do apologize if we missed anyone at the show who wanted to meet us. If this is the case, we want to apologize by sending you one of our new  HIGH TECH SOC LEGO Kits for free. Just reach out to our team through social media, and we’ll hook you up. #CSRulz

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