Year after year RSA has no trouble creating buzz, as
industry experts share knowledge and innovations related to IT security theories,
trends and facts. However, above and beyond this year, a favorite story comes
from John Pescatore of the SANS Institute. In the wake of so many data breaches
over the past few years, organizations are losing faith in the ability to stop
these infiltrations. Despite the pessimison, at RSA John Pescatore explained,
measure by measure, that data breach prevention is possible and that
organizations should not give up.
During his talk, Pescatore stressed the importance of having
a strong security portfolio which takes on security from various angles. He
used real-life examples of organizations who have been able to successfully
prevent data breaches using a multitude of approaches.
One of the organizations which Pescatore featured in his
talk was the Australian Government’s Department of Defense. According to
Pescatore, this governing body was able to realize
a number of measurable reductions in “the rate of successful malware
execution by nearly two-thirds by layering three security technologies” (Shea, 2015). These three
security technologies included Application Whitelisting, adding least privilege
users access, and OS patch management.
Here is a quick breakdown on the results which they saw:
We’ve long been speaking about the top
4 mitigation strategies that the Australian Government has been
implementing for a long time now, and it’s great to see that they have realized
some strong measurable results. Clearly a layered security approach which
handles management of both users and applications is a key factor in preventing
these data breaches.
Viewfinity offers the only solution to combine the strength
of both privilege management and application control within the architectural
integrity of one single agent. If you’d like to find out more, join
us on Tuesday, April 28th at 2pm ET for a live webcast event: Advanced Endpoint Protection: Full Circle
Prevention-Detection-Remediation Based on a single Agent.
Shea, S. (2015, April 23). Pescatore on security
success: Breach prevention is possible. Retrieved from Tech Target:
The week before RSA, 60 Minutes dug in a bit deeper into the
hack which effected Sony last fall, revealing the tactics taken related to the
incident. FireEye, a renowned IT
security company, had its newly acquired company, Mandiant, share what they
learned through their forensics investigation.
If you missed the
segment, you can view it online here:
What is most revealing about this report is that the hackers
didn’t focus on stealing credit card or social security numbers and personal
data, they exposed a different type of vulnerability. This cyberattack almost had an “an eye for an
eye” feel to it; the North Koreans were embarrassed by a film that Sony would
soon release, so they wanted to embarrass Sony in retaliation.
Because emails containing scandalous gossip were also made
public as part of this breach, causing deep embarrassment for the authors and
the persons of subject, FireEye reports that this hack has scared CEOs in a new
way. “Now every CEO is walking around
saying, how do I feel if my email is out on the internet?” CISOs are now having a new kind of dialog
with the board of directors because of this twist on “breached data.”
The report goes on to state that a hacker only needs to
break into one machine and then he’s inside your infrastructure, followed by a
screen capture of passwords being stolen.
It’s cited that even an unsuspecting routine activity like an Adobe Flash
updater is all it takes for an infiltration – it’s that one machine that it
uses as a passageway. “Every
corporation's network is only as strong as its weakest link.” That’s all it took to get going, and the
hackers took off from there.
This is a real-life, compelling use case for why admin rights
need to be removed from your endpoint devices and all advanced endpoint
security solutions need to be evaluated for how effective they can be in
preventing, detecting and responding to these advanced persistent threats.
Viewfinity is helping a lot of companies manage least
privilege environments as well as integrating endpoint forensics with network
security vendors. Viewfinity
is at RSA. Stop by our booth #1046
in the South Hall.
week Viewfinity announced the release of version 5.5 for Privilege Management
and Application Control GPO solutions. This latest release brings together an easy
to manage policy GUI, powerful forensic tools, and threat management and
remediation via collaboration with network security vendors.
release continues Viewfinity’s model to provide a full circle
prevention-detection-remediation solution based on the architectural integrity
of a single agent.
latest release includes:
will be previewing this latest release next week at RSA. Stop by booth #1046 in
the South Hall to see new capabilities first hand, or contact a Viewfinity representative today for a
Last week Lysa Myers, of We
Live Security, published an article highlighting the increase in breaches
targeting medical based organizations. Premera
Breach: Healthcare Businesses in the Crosshairs discusses some of the
most high profile data breaches so far this year, affecting millions of
records. Myers cites the high quantity and high value of medical records as a
driving factor in many of these advanced attacks.
Viewfinity works with healthcare companies to offer advanced endpoint
Myers stresses the importance of risk mitigation as part of
a solid security strategy; understanding security must be approached from
various angles to achieve comprehensive protection. Myers uses the article to
call out and explain the top strategies that organizations should employ to
- Regular and timely software updates / patch
- Two-factor authentication of sensitive data
- The principle
of least privileges
- Comprehensive data encryption
- Layered security: anti-malware + firewall + etc.
In line with Myers’ suggestions, Viewfinity offers advanced endpoint
protection that focuses on lessening the impact of IT security breaches before,
during, and after an attack. Our core capabilities aim to reduce the attack
surface and proactively deter advanced persistent threats by:
- Managing administrative rights once local admin
rights have been removed from user machines.
- Monitoring and controlling all applications
being installed or run. This can be used as a precursor to default deny.
- Accelerating detection, incident response, and
remediation efforts via threat management capabilities that collaborate with
network security sandboxes and firewalls, reputation database services, and
out more here.
Defense Essentials: Prevention-Detection-Remediation Practices
IBM did the math, over
1 billion records were leaked in 2014 as a result of cyber-attacks. To put
that into perspective, that’s like having every single person in the US have
data stolen… 3 times.
While each cyber-attack deploys different infiltration
methods, for different motivations, one thing can be agreed upon: defending the
endpoint is paramount in the war against cyber criminals.
Today, Viewfinity will run a live webinar with Mike Rothman,
Analyst and President of Securosis, to discuss endpoint defense essentials. The
discussion will focus on prevention, detection, and remediation practices that
you can be implementing within your organization right now.
Here are some of the essentials that you need to be
considering to ensure your endpoints are protected from advanced attacks:
- Solid hygiene and configuration practices
- Focusing on least privilege to prevent
- More effective detection
- Working closely with network-based defenses
- Investigating and remediating the inevitable
Viewfinity offers a closed-loop security solution which
works to protect organizations before, during, and after an attack, all within
a single agent on the endpoint. This comprehensive solution provides
unparalleled protection while still maintaining the architectural integrity of
the endpoint. Which in laymen’s terms means that the Viewfinity agent is a
one-stop shop for prevention, detection, and remediation.
After Mike Rothman’s presentation you’ll also get a chance
to hear from Viewfinity VP of Product Management, Alex Shoykhet as he explains:
- Managing privilege elevation after closing down
the security loophole related to admin rights
- Application control (above and beyond whitelisting)
and the important role that monitoring and forensics play
- Advanced threat management that shares endpoint
information with firewall technology to update firewall policies.
Reserve your seat here,
or request a recording if you can’t
make it today.
In one of its
latest research reports focusing on Endpoint Protection Platforms (EPP), this
leading analyst firm stresses the importance of implementing solutions which
fall in line with an organization’s specific business, technical, and
regulatory needs. Each situation is different, however one common factor that
all organizations battle is malware.
firm subscribers can read the full report here.
detection is stressed as a core functionality of EPP solutions, breaking down
the category into three distinct sections: Advanced Malware Protection, Malware
Removal, and Application Control. Due to the limitations of traditional
anti-virus/malware solutions it’s important for organizations to look for
comprehensive tools which cater to all three malware detection categories. This
enables organizations to have a closed-loop solution which handles security
before, during, and after and attack.
also states that an ideal solution will cater to both well-known and not yet
identified malware, while at the same time allowing an organization to identify,
isolate/restrict, and eventually remove suspicious executables from your
offers one of the only solutions to offer advanced endpoint protection that focuses on lessening the impact
of IT security breaches before, during and after an attack. Our core
capabilities aim to reduce the attack surface and proactively deter advanced
persistent threats by:
administrative rights once local admin rights have been removed from user
and control all applications being installed or run. Can be used as
a precursor to default deny.
detection, incident response and remediation efforts via threat management
capabilities that collaborate with network security sandboxes and
firewalls, reputation database services, and SIEM.
Tech Target recently published an article by Dina Gerdeman
that breaks down new and changing IT security strategies that CIOs should be
adopting given the current IT landscape. Key topics of the article cover:
- Monitoring user behavior
- Employee training
- Working remotely and encrypting data
- Seeking outside help
- Planning for a disaster
- Fear of the unknown
In regard to the top mentioned topic – Monitoring, this
white paper may be helpful in your research phase: Utilizing
Pervasive Application Monitoring and File Origin Tracking in IT Security.
Gartner also chimed in on the article: “Monitoring
is one area where CIOs need to step up their game, said Jay Heiser,
research vice president with Gartner Inc. Many organizations have been putting
more effort into "locking the doors," he said, than in detecting
whether those doors have been circumvented.”
"It feels good to put more locks on the doors, but if someone comes
in through the windows, what's the point?" he asked. "If there is any
change based on this year's dramatic failures, it's a renewed appreciation for
the benefits of monitoring." (TechTarget, 2015)
Take a few minutes to read
the article and let us know if you have questions about how Viewfinity can
help you with some of these topics.
For the first time endpoint and network security solutions
have come together for a truly comprehensive security solution.
In our recent press
release we outlined our latest integration with FireEye TAP and AX
solutions, in an aim to leverage the power of both solutions to accelerate incident
response and remediation.
In an interview with Mary-Louise Hoffman of Executive Biz,
Grady Summers FireEye VP of Strategic Solutions highlighted the need for this
integration, “endpoint to network security visibility is an instrumental
component to stopping advanced attacks” (Executive
Viewfinity and FireEye now can work in tandem to identify
suspicious behavior within a network and then track, isolate, and block
malicious activity on the endpoints.
more about how the integration works.
As the IT security landscape
continues to become more complex, analysts and industry experts urge the
importance of threat investigation and response tools. Seeing a need, the
Viewfinity and FireEye teams have collaborated to join solutions to provide
improved security event analytics and endpoint visibility.
<Read the full press release here>
With organizations facing tens of thousands of security events, on a daily basis (InfoSecurity Magazine), IT
administrators need a way to identify suspicious behavior, isolate security
risks, and remediate incidents as quickly as possible. Accelerated threat
detection and incident response is paramount when trying to reduce costly dwell
time and the foot print of security infiltrations.
With this joint integration, Viewfinity application and endpoint access data are correlated with enterprise-wide security and network threat information within FireEye TAP and FireEye AX. Using FireEye TAP, security teams can view one dashboard with relevant threat data and prioritized by threat level. This centralized dashboard allows security teams to quickly identify malicious activity and, with the Viewfinity integration, enforce restricted execution of suspicious applications and block malware identified by TAP on the endpoint.
AX Viewfinity: How it Works
TAP Viewfinity: How it Works
This week Viewifnity is also participating in FireEye Momentum - a FireEye partner and user event. Here's a shot of one of the speakers during the show!
To learn more about this latest integration and how you
can leverage the investment that you have already made into FireEye AX or TAP, contact a Viewfinity