Over the past year, data breaches at Target, Home Depot and P.F. Chang’s, among countless others, have thrust network security into the forefront of national news. The recent news that a Russian organized crime syndicate managed to steal more than 1 billion Internet credentials only furthered anxiety among businesses and the general public. It is no surprise that cyber security is now the top concern in boardrooms across a variety of verticals as executives scramble to figure out how to keep private company information and customer data secure.
A new chapter was added to the cyber security saga recently when news broke that a hacker had breached the Healthcare.gov insurance website and uploaded malware. Government investigators don’t believe any personal information was taken during this breach, but the attack raised red flags because it was committed with relative ease.
Government officials have been working to address security issues since the attack became public, but a recent report by the independent Government Accountability Office (GAO) stated that vulnerabilities remain. GAO recommended 28 changes in the report, including a comprehensive security assessment of the entire site and more detailed security responsibilities for contractors.
“Until these weaknesses are fully addressed, increased and unnecessary risks remain of unauthorized access, disclosure, or modification of the information collected and maintained by HealthCare.gov and related systems,” the report stated.
The recent avalanche of network security breaches impacting enterprises and now even government entities highlights just how critical network monitoring and cyber security tools have become. Specifically, any organization that maintains sensitive information can greatly benefit from a forensics solution that helps IT security spot, thwart and plan against today’s increasingly sophisticated and subtle attacks.
WildPackets’ network forensics solutions give network security teams complete records and analytical details of network activity over any specific period of time. All pertinent network traffic is collected in a single location and is captured in a common data format and does not need to be transferred or translated in any way for analysis.
Security teams can use this information to reconstruct the sequence of events that occurred at the time of a network breach or cyber attack to better understand how the attack was carried out, what information was vulnerable and how the situation can be prevented in the future. Specifically, WildPackets’ network forensics provides four key capabilities for finding proof of a cyber security attack:
- Network Recording – capturing network traffic from 1G, 10G, and 40G networks around the clock for forensic analysis
- Searching and Inspection – enabling administrators and security experts to comb through archived traffic for anomalies and signs of security events
- Trend Analysis and Base-lining – characterizing network and application usage so that anomalies can be detected more quickly
- Reporting – by capturing data and distilling analysis into reports, security and IT experts log the results of their investigations and review network vulnerabilities in post-mortem analysis
With so many shady figures lurking in cyber space, organizations need to treat cyber crime like that serious issue it is. For more information about how network forensics helps you keep your network safe, download our white paper entitled, “Real-World Security Investigations with Network Forensics.”