Michael Patterson : Advanced NetFlow Traffic Analysis
Michael Patterson
Founder and Product manager for Plixer's Scrutinizer NetFlow and sFlow Analyzer as well as Flow Analytics.

Security Analytics - Network as a Sensor

Security is going through an evolution in IT. The new assumption is that some malware will make it onto the network. This...

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NTT DATA Adds Dell Services. Touts Cloud Offering, NFV Success and Agent Growth

There is some interesting timing in NTT DATA’s decision to purchase Dell Services in order to become a leading Global IT service...

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API of the Week: SmartBear Software helps Teams Create Great Apps

Early this month, SmartBear Software released Ready! API TestServer, an automated API testing solution to allow developers to find bugs faster and...

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RCS Reinvigoration???

RCS (Rich Communication Services) got a large boost at Mobile World Congress with the announcement from Google that they will support RCS.  RCS...

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ShoreTel Connect Brings its Signature Simplicity to Hybrid Cloud Communications

Simplicity is one of the reasons ShoreTel emerged on the corporate communications scene and became a dominant player in a market once...

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AT&T Drives IoT Growth via Channel Partners

With predictions about IoT devices numbering in the billions and revolutionizing every market from medical to industrial, a simple question remains. How...

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API of the Week: GupShup Powers Omnichannel Messaging

Intro: Gupshup is a smart messaging platform that offers advanced developer tools for messaging - handling over 4 billion messages per month....

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Security Analytics - Network as a Sensor

April 4, 2016

Security is going through an evolution in IT. The new assumption is that some malware will make it onto the network. This forces the security team to consider the actions they will need to take when following up on an event.  What details will they want access to? What devices on the network gather this information? How will they want to display it?

Cisco Cyber Threat Defense : 4 Tell-Tale Signs of Data Exfiltration

March 19, 2016

A potential threat could come from anywhere at any-time and it doesn’t have to start from the Internet.  Many threats are initiated internally by infected handhelds and laptop devices which walk right past the firewall.  Anti-virus has become nearly ineffective against targeted threats.  Even next generation firewalls aren't stopping the outbound connections created by unwanted data exfiltration. 

Phishing Attack Training

January 13, 2016

If you are being repeatedly targeted by a phishing attack, chances are you will eventually click. And if you end up infected, often times your computer will show no obvious signs of the virus or bot. What can you do?

Cisco nvzFlow Reporting

December 22, 2015

There has been lots of excitement this week at our company since the release of Cisco’s nvzFlow.  Companies which utilize the Cisco ASA for VPN access have the option to upgrade to AnyConnect 4.2.  With this latest release admins can configure remote users to export IPFIX right from their laptops to the flow collector for real time and future analysis.

 

Splunk NetFlow Support : Vendor Comparison

November 10, 2015

You are in luck because you have several options to get Splunk NetFlow support.  I know of three however, there are probably more. This post will list them all and discuss the benefits of each.

Software Defined Network: 8 BIG Benefits

October 23, 2015

Are you looking to get up to speed on the benefits of a Software Defined Network? This post will save you some time by providing 8 areas where SDNs promise to deliver.  It will also provide you with a few links where you can learn even more about the technology.

IPFIX Flow Direction and Packet Counters

July 8, 2015

In the world of NetFlow and IPFIX, flow direction is a topic that can confuse some of the best technical minds. It is an important concept in relation to routers because where information (e.g. byte counters) is gathered can have a significant impact on perceived accuracy.  This is sort of 3 part blog.  Although it isn't totally necessary, it might help the reader to understand a different type of flow directionality first as posted in my other blog. 

Monitoring DNS Traffic for Security Threats

May 13, 2015

As you are probably aware, the Domain Name Server (DNS) plays an important role in how end users connect to the internet. In order to gain some background before reading this blog, you may want to read my post on An Overview of DNS. Once you have a bit more technical information on the DNS behaviors, I think you will find this post more informative.



Building an Incident Response Team: 4 Specialties

February 23, 2015

Are you tasked with building an Incident response team for your company or organization? Have you thought about what their responsibilities will be, how they will be engaged and who the key members will be?

How To Investigate Malware

December 2, 2014

If you are looking to learn about how to investigate malware, chances are you are already infected and under the gun to uncover the source and clean up the mess. Here are a few things to consider before you dig in.

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