Endace Packet Forensics Files: Episode #51

Original Entry by : Michael Morris

In this episode, Michael talks to Eric Buchaus, Director of Sales at Niagara Networks

By Michael Morris, Director of Global Business Development, Endace

Michael Morris, Director of Global Business Development, Endace

Are SPAN ports sufficient to provide network traffic visibility for high-quality security (NDR) and network (NPM) investigations? What about cloud workloads?  What do you need to gain insights into cloud network activity?

In this episode of the Endace Packet Forensic Files, I talk with Eric Buchaus, Director of Sales at Niagara Networks. Eric outlines potential pitfalls and challenges associated with SPAN ports and highlights situations where they may fall short for network and security analysts.

Eric walks us through some alternative options, discussing the merits of network TAPS, network packet brokers, and in-line bypass solutions which can offer NoC / SoC teams more reliable, efficient, and scalable ways to get network packet data to the right tools in large-scale and complex environments.  He discusses some of the specific challenges of network visibility in cloud infrastructures and suggests some practical ways to overcome these obstacles.

Eric suggests things organizations should consider when exploring different packet brokers or TAP vendors and outlines the management and scrutiny that needs to be applied to encrypted traffic to achieve in-depth visibility securely.

Finally, Eric talks about how TAPs and packet brokers can help in dynamic SDN environments with high traffic volumes. He emphasizes why they are important for organizations looking to implement zero-trust infrastructures – particularly environments with many walled gardens and lots of VLANs for IOT/IOTM devices and technologies.

Don’t miss this informative episode as Eric demystifies the complexities of network visibility and supplies some valuable guidance for navigating the challenges posed by evolving network landscapes.

Other episodes in the Secure Networks video/audio podcast series are available here. Or listen to the podcast here or on your favorite podcast platform.

Combining Endace and Elastic delivers detailed visibility into real-time and historical network activity

Original Entry by : Cary Wright

By Cary Wright, VP Product Management, Endace

Cary Wright, VP Product Management, Endace

We’re pleased to announce our newest technical partnership with leading SIEM and observability platform provider, Elastic. By combining together EndaceProbe™ always-on Hybrid Cloud packet capture, Elastic™ Stack and Elastic™ Security, we’re providing the packet-level network visibility and detailed network metadata that Security and IT teams need when responding to security threats and network or application performance issues.

How Do We Work Together?

By combining Endace and Elastic Stack, organizations gain accurate, highly detailed visibility into both real-time and historical network activity. Security and IT analysts can search network metadata in Elastic, and quickly pivot to full packet data for forensic investigations when they need to. The result is faster, more accurate incident investigation and resolution. The combination of Elastic Stack and EndaceProbe gives cybersecurity and IT teams the ability to see exactly what’s happening on their network in real-time. EndaceProbes can record weeks or months of full packet capture across hybrid cloud networks to provide a complete and accurate record of all network activity. The detailed full packet capture data recorded by EndaceProbes is a perfect complement to the rich logs and metadata collected by Elastic Stack. When analysts need to go back-in-time to investigate any incident they have a complete record of that activity at their fingertips. Beyond this, the ability to pivot from anomalies or security alerts directly to forensic examination of packet-level data lets analysts see exactly what’s happening. They can quickly respond to incidents and dramatically mitigate threat risk to their organizations.

EndaceFlow and Elastic Stack

In addition, EndaceProbe appliances can host EndaceFlow™, which generates extremely high-fidelity NetFlow data at full line rate. This NetFlow data can be ingested by Elastic Stack to provide detailed metadata for monitoring the security and performance of the network and interrogating network activity. Pre-built integration between EndaceProbes and Elastic Stack enables streamlined investigation workflows. Analysts can click on alerts in the Elastic UI to go directly to the related full packet data recorded by EndaceProbe. Analysts can quickly view traffic right down to individual packet level to see precisely what occurred before, during and after any event, with absolute certainty.

For more information about our Fusion Partner integrations, please visit www.endace.com/fusion-partners.

To see a demonstration of this Elastic Security integration in action please visit the Elastic partner page at https://www.endace.com/elastic-security.

Introducing the Fusion Connector for Splunk; Ideal for NetOps and SecOps Teams

Original Entry by : Barry Shaw

Network operations (NetOps) and security operations (SecOps) teams can now take advantage of our Endace Fusion Connector for Splunk, which will dramatically lower time-to-resolution (TTR) for network issues that typically take days to resolve in the absence of readily available packet data.  This Connector (available here on splunkbase) easily installs into any 5.x Splunk deployment and provides a seamless bridge between logs and packets.

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Tools, Tools, and more Tools…introducing the Endace Fusion Program

Original Entry by : Sri Sundaralingam

Large enterprise customers are struggling to leverage and get better return on investment from various Network Operations (NetOps) and Security Operations (SecOps) tools. In a recent end user study we conducted, large enterprise organizations (banks, eCommerce companies, healthcare organizations, managed service providers) have in the order of 100+ tools deployed among NetOps and SecOps teams. We had a chance to closely observe both NetOps and SecOps analysts, their workflow, and how they leverage some of the common tools. Immediately one pattern jumped out – every analyst has their favorite set of tools and a particular workflow!

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