Monthly Archives: June 2015

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Cyber Forensics: Sqrrls on the Crime Scene

Recently we featured an excellent guest post by Richard Stiennon, who illuminated the need for accelerating response times against attackers who will increasingly be moving down the kill chain with greater speed. This week we drill down on the practice of incident response, into the realm of cyber forensics, to address how analytics tools help put the pieces back together when an adversary successfully executes an attack.

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The OPM Breach and Big Data Security Analytics

In the past two weeks, the need for big data security analytics on the federal level has been acutely felt. At the end of last year, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) was breached by hackers. The threat lay undetected for almost six months, until it was discovered, reportedly by accident, as the OPM worked actively to improve its security infrastructure. While the OPM does maintain its own security infrastructure, it also relies on the Department of Homeland Security’s National Cyber Protection system (NCPS), established in 2008 at the behest of Congress and the Executive branch. The NCPS was created to “protect the federal civilian Executive Branch government network and prevent known or suspected cyber threats,” according to the DHS.