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Are You Monitoring Your Internal Network Traffic?


Are You Monitoring Your Internal Network Traffic?

By Kyle Pullman, Account Executive of Strategic Partnerships at PacketSled

On a daily basis, we read stories about network breaches, data loss and even the United States not wanting to partake in a global initiative for Cyber Security. Organizations today face exceptional difficulty keeping their data safe and secure from those who want to steal it or do other harm. Most focus their security efforts on external threats (infiltration, nation state actors, etc.) which is important. However, often overlooked are internal activities such as users making bad decisions or stealing from their company. What if internal activities are the cause of most of your security problems?

A recent study by IpSwitch and their corresponding e-book, claims that 75% of threats originate from an internal user. 84% of insider threats weren’t associated with malicious intent, but are chalked up to human error, according to ComputerWeekly.com. CISOs, SecOp teams and other security professionals are asking, “how does one best track and forensically investigate this internal user traffic?”

Many organizations rely heavily on a SIEM, which is a good tool. A SIEM tracks your logs but logs can be edited or changed by a bad actor. Organizations need a way to see the most uncorrupted version of the “story” happening on their network in real-time. This requires looking at the single source of truth: the wire data. Wire data tells a story that you can’t edit or cheat. It allows SOC engineers and other IT professionals to see exactly what data is changing hands, where it’s going and how much of it is going.

PacketSled is uniquely positioned to help our customers with network monitoring, forensic investigations, threat hunting and incident response. Many of our clients use PacketSled during merger and acquisition processes to assess a network for threats before the new company is acquired. We all know how important this is, highlighted by the Marriott data breach reported this past week. We monitor network traffic in its rawest form, at the packet level; giving our customers the chance to turn the lights on within their network and keep them on. Once you have access to wire data and can leverage the power of a platform with deep network forensics, you will never go back.

About PacketSled

PacketSled is the network analytics platform of choice for security teams globally. Used by enterprises and MSSPs for real-time data analysis, threat hunting and incident response, the platform leverages continuous internal network monitoring and retrospection to provide network forensics and security analytics. Security teams can integrate PacketSled into their orchestration engine, SIEM, or use PacketSled independently to dramatically reduce the resources required to respond to persistent threats, malware, insider attacks, and nation state espionage efforts.

The company has been named an innovator in leading publications and by security analysts, including SC Magazine, earning a finalist award in 2018 for network visibility. For continuous product updates and industry news, please visit us at www.packetsled.com or follow us @packetsled.