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

Threat Investigations Suffering from Lack of Context

Pretty much all companies fall victim to cybercrime eventually.  Whether it is directly or indirectly, the cost varies depending on the industry....

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Why you would give up the chance to strut around in Middle Earth Barbie wear? Allison Smith asks.

#Thankful! What for? Being able to speak...well, not as well as Allison Smith. Being able to design software and apps with code,...

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Happy Thanksgiving!

I don't think Ican write one better than I did 2 years ago, so here's a link to that piece. Happy...

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Comparing Different Types of Mobile Ads

Now that access to the internet via mobile devices is past 50% compared to access via desktop, it makes sense that internet...

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UCaaS Round-Up (Tidbits 2443)

Nextiva, a Broadsoft powered ITSP, announced at their user conference that it has released a new UC&C or Workplace Comms platform...

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The Growth of Mobile Advertising

Given that more than 50% of consumers are accessing the internet via mobile devices now, it stands to reason that the internet model...

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Marketing Lesson from the Election

A couple of marketing lessons from the campaign. (Non-political). If your Brand is broken, run a Branding campaign not a negative...

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Threat Investigations Suffering from Lack of Context

November 28, 2016

Pretty much all companies fall victim to cybercrime eventually.  Whether it is directly or indirectly, the cost varies depending on the industry. Energy and financial organizations suffer the most in comparison to the automotive and agricultural businesses.  The costs incurred however, are not always withdrawals from the corporate bank account or the loss of top secret plans.  Some might be surprised to learn that the significant costs are actually in the clean up with small organizations suffering the highest cost per enterprise seat.  Source: HP.com

A Massive Wave of Cybercrime Coming

September 29, 2016

Get ready for biggest year yet in cybercrime.  We have learned over the last few years that hackers have honed their penetration skills to the point that any targeted company can easily become a victim.  Most business owners have accepted that being connected to the Internet means that they can and probably will be compromised regardless of the defensive measures taken.  It is more than just a game of probability. 

DNS Firewall

June 4, 2016

I don’t think I’ve ever spoken with a company – at least that I can remember that didn’t have a firewall in place.  Cisco ASA (Fire Power), Palo Alto, Checkpoint and Fortinet seem to be the more popular ones.  Barracuda, SonicWALL and StormShield we hear about as well.  These systems do a relatively good job at protecting our internal jewels.  However, what I find missing in most solutions, is their ability to stop DNS tunneling and other tactics that abuse the DNS protocol.

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. 

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