Friday, May 20, 2011

Seeing It All

There are some network monitoring technologies and some industry practitioners that practice sampling, filtering, or dropping of certain traffic. The logic here is that certain traffic is known to be noise that is of no concern from a cyber security perspective, and needn't be examined. Unfortunately, there is a fatal flaw in this logic. What may appear to be without value today may turn out to be priceless tomorrow. Where would I hide if I were an attacker and wanted to persist APT (Advanced Persistent Threat) style? In the traffic most commonly sampled, filtered, or dropped by most network monitoring technologies. Even the most highly skilled analyst can't find a stealthy threat if the data isn't there to analyze. We are only as good as our data. We need to see it all.

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