Packet Detectives Episode 3: Is my video conferencing really secure?

Original Entry by : Michael Morris

Demystifying Network Investigations with Packet Data

By Michael Morris, Director of Global Business Development, Endace


Michael Morris, Director of Global Business Development, Endace

The Covid-19 pandemic has seen us all become all too familiar with video conferencing tools as we’ve switched to work-from-home. Zoom, Webex, GoToMeeting, and Microsoft Teams are all part of our daily work routine now.

We assume that all these services are secure and the content of our web conferencing and collaboration is encrypted and safe from eavesdroppers. But is it really secure? And where is all that data stored anyway?

In this third installment of Packet Detectives, industry-renowned SharkFest presenter and all-round Wireshark guru, Betty DuBois, takes an in-depth look at a web-conferencing session to find the answers to these questions, and shows how you can do the same for the web conferencing tools you use.

We hope you find this video useful. Please let us know if you have ideas for other examples you’d like to see.


Endace Packet Forensics Files: Episode #25

Original Entry by : Michael Morris

Michael talks to David Ellis, VP Sales and Corporate Relations, SecureIQLab

By Michael Morris, Director of Global Business Development, Endace


Michael Morris, Director of Global Business Development, Endace

How does an organization quantify its cybersecurity readiness and robustness?  What does a strong cybersecurity posture look like?  These are questions many CISO and SecOps analysts are trying to figure out so they can sleep at night knowing they are doing all they can to protect their organization’s cyber assets.

In this episode of the Endace Packet Forensic files, I talk with David Ellis, VP of Sales and Corporate Relations for SecureIQLab, who shares his insights into what the SecureIQLab team sees in their role as both a test lab and a security assessment consultancy.

David outlines the elements of a successful security team and what metrics SecOps should be monitoring to quantify their security posture.  He shares common vulnerabilities that he sees many organizations are still facing and the table-stakes that every security team should have in terms of tools, processes, and policies.

Finally, David talks about what frameworks and standards teams should be adopting and what the process for your organization might look like if you want to get into a security audit and assessment.

Other episodes in the Secure Networks video/audio podcast series are available here.


Endace Packet Forensics Files: Episode #24

Original Entry by : Michael Morris

Michael talks to Ajit Thyagarajan, Principal Security Architect for Cisco

By Michael Morris, Director of Global Business Development, Endace


Michael Morris, Director of Global Business Development, Endace

The cybersecurity landscape is constantly changing with new Zero-Day Threats, double-extortion ransomware attacks and continuously evolving phishing techniques. The volume of threats and the pace of change are impacting the way SecOps teams operate and pushing them to find new ways to connect disparate data sources in order to automate processes and improve incident response times.

You won’t want to miss this episode of the Endace Packet Forensic files as I talk with Ajit Thyagarajan, Principal Security Architect for Cisco, who talks about the challenges security analysts are facing and shares his views and ideas on how to improve their day-to-day operation.

Ajit shares the concept of the Intelligent Telemetry Plane that he and his team at Cisco have been developing. He highlights the value of the provenance of telemetry data and how important bringing different data sources together is to staying ahead of threat actors.

Finally, Ajit shares some ideas about the types of challenges a common telemetry management platform can help solve and what to keep your eyes on over the year ahead when it comes to security threats and cyber defense.

Other episodes in the Secure Networks video/audio podcast series are available here.


Endace Packet Forensics Files: Episode #23

Original Entry by : Michael Morris

Michael talks to Steve Tsirtsonis, Director EMEA Federal Business for Endace

By Michael Morris, Director of Global Business Development, Endace


Michael Morris, Director of Global Business Development, Endace

Nation-state cybersecurity is fast becoming the new battle frontline in international conflict. It is complicated by rogue threat actor groups inserting their cyber weapons into the mix, extorting money for funding, fanning the flames of nation-state disputes, and crippling potential targets.

You won’t want to miss this episode of the Endace Packet Forensic files as I talk with Steve Tsirtsonis, Director EMEA Federal Business for Endace, who shares his view of the threat landscape that government agencies around the world are facing and how it is evolving.

Steve talks about what he sees governments doing to combat escalating cyber threats, what are some of the unique challenges they face and how they are evolving their security using SOAR, AI and NDR tools to be as prepared as possible to defend critical infrastructure.

Finally, Steve gives his thoughts on the key things security teams should look out for in the years ahead and what we can all learn from government security practices.

Other episodes in the Secure Networks video/audio podcast series are available here.


Endace Packet Forensics Files: Episode #22

Original Entry by : Michael Morris

Michael talks to Michael Wallmannsberger, Security Consultant and former CISO of Air New Zealand

By Michael Morris, Director of Global Business Development, Endace


Michael Morris, Director of Global Business Development, EndaceHas the fluidity of your network perimeter created holes in your cybersecurity defenses?

Tune in for this episode of the Endace Packet Forensic files as I get insights from expert cybersecurity consultant, and former CISO of Air New Zealand, Michael Wallmannsberger.

Michael shares some of the systemic and foundational mistakes that he sees organizations are continuing to make that hamper their security posture.  He gives some great advice for new CISOs as to what to prioritize and to focus on as they build their security maturity.

Finally, Michael shares, from a CISO’S perspective, some key elements to start with to help you walk before you run in your push for stronger cybersecurity. And highlights the importance of taking the time to develop your organization’s security competencies across the whole business.

Other episodes in the Secure Networks video/audio podcast series are available here.


Changing the Game for Network Security Investigations

Original Entry by : Michael Morris

By Michael Morris, Director of Global Business Development, Endace


Michael Morris, Director of Global Business Development, EndaceSecurity teams are overloaded – they have too many alerts, and tools that aren’t integrated. There’s simply not enough of the right information in the hands of security analysts to enable them to investigate issues quickly and confidently.

Organizations need integrated security tools that raise their odds of detecting threats and give them the confidence that they really know what is happening – or has happened – anywhere on their networks.

Today that battle is changing. The game is being tilted in the favor of SecOps teams as analysts can now leverage the power of two powerful and tightly integrated security platforms – Corelight NDR and the EndaceProbe Analytics Platform – to detect and hunt for threats in their networks.

Corelight’s enterprise-ready Zeek and Suricata engines allow SecOps teams to fully analyze network traffic data for threats, protocol insights and application anomalies. Corelight Sensors harness the simplicity of Zeek with enterprise-level performance, scale and administrative capability to give SOCs gain rapid visibility into what’s happening on their network.

Corelight’s out of the box integration of Zeek and Suricata provides a powerful, flexible, and easy-to-deploy security platform that delivers simple and scalable network detection and the detailed insights critical to any security team.

The EndaceProbe “always-on” network recording and packet capture platform gives customers 100% visibility into every packet anywhere on the network, enabling powerful real-time and back-in-time forensic investigation and event reconstruction.

The EndaceProbe platform scales to record traffic at full line-rate across your whole environment. Delivering high-speed centralized search and easy drill-down workflows from your SIEMS or other security tools directly to the recorded network traffic relevant to a specific alert or investigation. Additionally, Endace’s open platform architecture lets you host solutions such as Corelight Sensors as virtualized instances directly on the EndaceProbe appliance to analyze the traffic in real-time as it is recorded. This hosting capability allows you to consolidate key security tools onto a common hardware platform, reducing costs and enabling agile deployment of tools to wherever you need them across your network without additional hardware rollout and configuration.

The power of combining EndaceProbes with Corelight sensors helps customers to solve difficult security challenges like supply-chain attacks or advanced persistent threats, that are often difficult to detect and enable attackers to hide for long periods in the network by camouflaging their activity using sophisticated stealth techniques such as modifying or deleting logs or other evidence.

Having powerful detection and traffic analysis integrated with a tamper-resistant record of network activity in the form of recorded packet history streamlines forensic investigations and threat hunting efforts, making security teams more efficient and effective. Real-world problems such as identifying command and control traffic, spoofed DNS, or lateral movement inside your network can be solved in minutes.

Large technology firms, banks, and government agencies around the globe are enthusiastically embracing the power of Corelight and Endace to help them better secure their environments. To learn more about how together Endace and Corelight can help you better secure your environment check out the short demo video below and Corelight’s partner page on endace.com.


Endace Packet Forensics Files: Episode #21

Original Entry by : Michael Morris

Michael talks to Alex Kirk, Global Principal Engineer, Corelight

By Michael Morris, Director of Global Business Development, Endace


Michael Morris, Director of Global Business Development, Endace

Are you aware if your network has spoofed DNS traffic and do you know what things to look for in your network traffic to find supply chain attacks?

If you’re not sure then you won’t want to miss this episode of the Endace Packet Forensic files as I talk with Alex Kirk Director Global Principal Engineer for Corelight.

Alex gives his expert insights into the Solarwinds Sunburst supply-chain attack, what to look for, and why it took so long for security experts to uncover the threat. He highlights the importance of asset management and the integration of IT planning into security operations practices and policies.

Finally, Alex gives tips for finding and preventing these types of attacks in the future and advises where he still sees many organizations have gaps in their security stacks.

Other episodes in the Secure Networks video/audio podcast series are available here.


Endace Packet Forensics Files: Episode #20

Original Entry by : Michael Morris

Michael talks to Craig Williams, Director of Talos Outreach, Cisco

By Michael Morris, Director of Global Business Development, Endace


Michael Morris, Director of Global Business Development, Endace

What are the latest threats that Threat Intelligence teams are seeing and what are they recommending as best practices for defending against the latest cybersecurity threats?

You won’t want to miss this episode of the Endace Packet Forensic files as Michael sits down with Craig Williams, Director of Talos Outreach at Cisco.

Craig talks about how threats have been evolving over the last year – particularly during the Covid-19 pandemic – and gives us some insights into recent high-profile security issues. He also shares some advice how you can validate your corporate applications and implement zero-trust policies to reduce your exposure to threats.

Finally, Craig talks through key elements of cyber security infrastructure that can help SOC teams investigate issues and evolve towards proactive threat hunting practices.

Other episodes in the Secure Networks video/audio podcast series are available here.


Endace Packet Forensics Files: Episode #19

Original Entry by : Michael Morris

Michael talks to Dr. Ryan Ko, Chair and Director of Cybersecurity for the University of Queensland

By Michael Morris, Director of Global Business Development, Endace


Michael Morris, Director of Global Business Development, Endace

Do your cybersecurity skills meet foundational requirements for security analysts of tomorrow?

You won’t want to miss this informative episode with Dr. Ryan Ko, Chair and Director of Cybersecurity for the University of Queensland. Ryan talks about how the university is building programs around the critical skills needed by cybersecurity analysts of the future.

Ryan is a founder of, and contributor to, the CCSP certification and has developed a variety of masters and post-graduate degree programs in Cybersecurity. He makes his case for why a broad inter-disciplinary approach will be critical for security teams in the years ahead.

Ryan also talks about how new breaches and threats such as supply chain attacks are becoming the norm and some approaches for hunting down these threats.

Finally, he shares what critical tools SOCs need in order to detect and mitigate these complex threats and how SOAR platforms can play a useful role – if implemented correctly.

Other episodes in the Secure Networks video/audio podcast series are available here.


Diversity and Inclusion at Endace

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By Garima Bhatia, Test Manager – Appliance QA, Endace


Endace has recently started an exciting initiative which we wanted to share.

We have always been a culturally diverse workplace with people from all over the world representing many different nationalities and cultures. We are proud of this and want to recognize and celebrate the diversity we already have at Endace.  Each of our individuals has unique perspectives, skills, experiences and backgrounds that bring valuable contributions to the organization.

Supporting this diverse set of individuals to feel included is important; so people feel they truly belong to the organization they are working at and can achieve their maximum potential.  For Endace as an innovative organization, this means reaping the rewards of diverse thinking, and a stimulating work environment that leads to a satisfied team with strong collaboration and teamwork.

It is important that diversity is not only accepted, but celebrated, in ways that gives this diverse group of people a strong sense of worth and belonging. Everyone should feel accepted and valued for who they are in order for Endace to build a corporate culture that demonstrably supports and celebrates every individual’s self-expression.

What are we Doing?

Our approach to making diversity at Endace inclusive, by embracing our different mix of people, is a bottom-up approach. Our People team conducted an internal survey, and a series of discussions and presentations, to encourage input from people across the organization. In these sessions, we examined and discussed what diversity means and how acceptance and celebration of diversity go hand-in-hand with inclusion. We discussed how this benefits the business by allowing it to tap into the potential a diverse workforce has to offer, and how it benefits individuals by encouraging their individuality in a productive way.

This process was widely supported across the organization and led to agreement across the board that an active focus on Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) was an important initiative for everyone at Endace.

As our CEO Stuart Wilson said “this initiative is to ensure everyone has an equal voice so the business benefits from the best of the abilities that we have as a diverse team at Endace. I am motivated to give a voice to those who may be reluctant to step forward and I am looking forward to seeing what we achieve together.

The D&I Committee: and Our Voices

D&I can be “in the eye of the beholder”. So our challenge was to gain an organization-wide perspective of what diversity means to everyone at Endace. We needed to understand where we are now and what we want to focus on improving.

We established a community-led group, by calling for volunteers from across Endace, to collect input and ideas from across the organization, that could be implemented in conjunction with the People team. We found we had many people that are enthusiastic about this initiative and who wanted to be part of the group proactively taking steps to better understand and support our team members.

As Sam from the Software team says, “the differences that exist between us all are a strength, not a weakness. The D&I Committee provides a platform for us to celebrate and better understand this.

We had people who wanted to voice opinions on many different issues and were willing to dedicate time and ideas.

As Michael in the Support team said, “being part of Endace’s Diversity & Inclusion team resonates strongly with my personal commitment to breaking down barriers for marginalized and vulnerable communities.  I am passionate about making a positive difference, whether it’s in relation to gender, age, ability, sexuality, or cultural diversity.”

 

One very motivated volunteer, Kate, provided a very perceptive insight; “I believe acceptance of difference makes us stronger and smarter. It is not the diversity that is key, it is the openness to it.

 

We were also fortunate to have a senior leadership team member, John Attala, Endace’s VP of Worldwide Sales, sponsor the initiative as the D&I group leader. John said,

As the son of a first-generation immigrant, our family’s diversity stood out. My parents became leaders in their careers and community and I believe our cultural differences educated our community in a small way. Diversity and inclusion are important to me and I’m excited to be part of the first Endace D&I Committee. I hope together we can help facilitate a workplace that is safe, welcoming and where ideas are freely shared because I believe diversity is the one true thing we all have in common”.

Once assembled, the group was trained by the people team on D&I fundamentals and tasked with identifying focus areas and specific objectives Endace could undertake to ensure D&I are embedded across the organization.

So Far: and What’s Next?

The experience of being in the D&I committee so far has been a unique one. We have identified the focus areas we collectively agreed to work on and identified teams to work on each of these focus areas. These teams are responsible for ensuring the overall group makes progress by firstly building awareness of issues in their specific focus areas and then by identifying actions that will address those issues and ensure diversity is not only accepted but overtly celebrated across the organization.

We have taken our first steps – including having all managers participate in an “unconscious bias” workshop. This workshop helped attendees to understand that biases do exist, how they can identify and become conscious of them, and how to be mindful that these biases don’t get in the way of everyone being treated fairly.

As we move forward, we are driven to actively support our organization becoming a place where individuality is celebrated and everyone has a sense of belonging, of having a valued voice, is accepted and respected, and has opportunities to develop.  Change happens over time, but we know this can be achieved through our commitment to community-led initiatives and the hard work of our D&I Committee.