Friday, December 20, 2013

Follow up on C3CM: Pt 2 – Bro with Logstash & Kibana (read Applied NSM)

In September I covered using Bro with Logstash and Kibana as part of my C3CM (identify, interrupt, and counter the command, control, and communications capabilities of our digital assailants) series in toolsmith. Two very cool developments have since taken place that justify follow-up:

1) In November Jason Smith (@automayt)  posted Parsing Bro 2.2 Logs with Logstash on the Applied Network Security Monitoring blog. This post exemplifies exactly how to configure Bro with Logstash and Kibana, and includes reference material regarding how to do so with Doug Burk's (@dougburks) Security Onion (@securityonion).

2) Additionally, please help me in congratulating Chris Sanders (@chrissanders88), lead author, along with contributing authors, the above-mentioned Jason Smith, as well as David Bianco (@DavidJBianco)  and Liam Randall (@hectaman),  on the very recent publication of the book the Applied NSM blog supports: Applied Network Security Monitoring: Collection, Detection, and Analysis, also available directly from Syngress.

Chris is indeed a packet ninja, a fellow GSE, and is quite honestly a direct contributor to how I passed that extremely challenging certification. His Practical Packet Analysis: Using Wireshark to Solve Real-World Network Problems is an excellent book and was a significant part of my study and practice for the GSE process. As such, while I have not yet read it, I am quite confident that Applied Network Security Monitoring: Collection, Detection, and Analysis will be of great benefit to all who purchase and read it. Let me be more clear, at the risk of coming off as an utter fanboy. I read Chris' Practical Packet Analysis as part of my studies for GSE | passed GSE as part of STI graduate school requirements | finished graduate school. :-)
Congratulations, Chris and team, well done, and thank you.

Merry Christmas all, and cheers.

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