Endace Packet Forensics Files: Episode #28

Original Entry by : Michael Morris

Michael talks to Tim Wade, Director, Office of the CTO, Vectra AI

By Michael Morris, Director of Global Business Development, Endace


Michael Morris, Director of Global Business Development, Endace

Security Operations teams at many organizations are reviewing processes and tools as breaches continue to happen, investigation times remain too long, outcomes are uncertain, and too many alerts are going unaddressed. Organizations are asking, “why are we spending so much money on security without tangible results?” They are looking at “SOC Modernization” initiatives to help them defend effectively against increasingly sophisticated threat actors.

In this episode of the Endace Packet Forensic files I talk with Tim Wade, Technical Director from the Office of the CTO at Vectra.AI, who shares his insights into the “SOC Modernization” trend and three pillars that he suggests require a change in thinking to ultimately be successful.

Tim starts with a fundamental change in philosophy – he suggests SOC teams need to shift from a “prevention” to a “resiliency” approach to cyberdefense. He illustrates the importance of taking incremental and iterative steps with monthly and even weekly measurement and review cycles to evaluate progress.

Tim suggests SOC teams need to better understand the rules of the game so they can step back and actively work to break them – because that is exactly what our treat actor adversaries are doing every day. Challenge everything and think like your opponent.

Finally, Tim advises CISOs that modernization needs to address challenges holistically. Not just focusing on technologies, but also ensuring they are working on people and processes and gaps in training, communication, and thinking.

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


Endace Packet Forensics Files: Episode #27

Original Entry by : Michael Morris

Michael talks to Phillip Solakov, Client Solutions Director at Optiv

By Michael Morris, Director of Global Business Development, Endace


Michael Morris, Director of Global Business Development, EndaceCyber security teams around the globe are embarking on a variety of “modernization” initiatives, as they try to keep up with the dynamic threat landscape, but what are the must-have elements if you are looking to modernize your SOC?

You won’t want to miss this episode of the Endace Packet Forensic files as I talk with Phillip Solakov, Client Solutions Director for Optiv Canada, as he shares his view of what “SOC Modernization” means and what’s driving these efforts.

Phillip explains some of the biggest issues SOC teams are facing and things they are working on to overcome these challenges. He drills into how alert fatigue is compounded with more detection tools, more telemetry and why it is becoming critical for more automation in SOC processes and tools.

Finally, Phillip highlights some things SOC teams are still missing with the continuously expanding attack surface, and he gives some examples of how these gaps can still be addressed with the right security architecture and mindset.

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


Endace Packet Forensics Files: Episode #26

Original Entry by : Michael Morris

Michael talks to Pavel Minarik, CTO of Kemp Technologies

By Michael Morris, Director of Global Business Development, Endace


Michael Morris, Director of Global Business Development, Endace

Many organizations are undertaking SOC and NOC modernizations, but what does this mean and what is driving it?

If your company is planning a “modernization” you won’t want to miss this episode of the Endace Packet Forensic files as Pavel Minarik, CTO of Kemp Technologies, talks about what’s important and what is fueling the need to modernize.

Pavel gives his insights into some of the biggest challenges NOCs and SOCs are facing and shares some tips to help these separate teams work together and collaborate more.  He underscores why this is becoming more important with increasing network complexity, virtualization, and escalating threat attack vectors.

Finally, Pavel talks about why network traffic is such a foundational data source for both NoCs and SoCs and the pros and cons of flow-based monitoring vs full packet monitoring. He shares the best practices analysts are adopting to become improve investigation efficiency and reduce incident response times.

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


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.


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.