Category: Tech

Forcepoint User and Entity Behavior Analytics
March 23rd, 2018 by Luigi Danakos

Today I want to focus on the study of User Behavior Analytics and how companies like ForcePoint are developing solutions to help mitigate cybersecurity threats from inside your company.

While attending Tech Field Day 16* out in Austin, User Behavior Analytics took the center stage during one of the presentations by Forcepoint.

I have always had a love for analytics, even more so, how you can determine actions based off of trends from users. This is quite prevalent in the gaming industry and helps game developers fine tune their product. So needless to say, hearing how you can use it to defend cybersecurity threats was quite interesting to me.

 

User Behavior Analytics what is it?

User Behavior Analytics is the collection of human behavior data to help identify anomalies in users to help combat cybersecurity threats. Companies like Forcepoint then develop algorithms and statistical models to help businesses detect potential threats from within the company.

The key takeaway is that using this technology is about tracking the users’ actions and not the actions of the system.

 

Why does my company want to monitor me?

It wants to monitor everyone, not just you. Understand that the sooner cybersecurity threats can be detected the less impact it has on the business.

According to ForcepoiForcepoint Insider Threat Imagent, 69% of enterprise security executives reported an attempted theft or corruption of its data.

Let’s be clear that not all data theft or corruption is intentional by users. A user sends an email to the wrong person or deletes a folder without realizing what they did. Take another example, you are surfing the internet and accidentally click on a cute kitten video, unknowingly affecting your computer with malware.

There are many cases of former employees trying to enact revenge because they are unhappy with their previous employer. Or the person is a salesperson and they access information and download client database right before quitting and starting with a competitor. This person’s intentions are deliberate.

 

How do they do it?

One waForcepoint User and Entity Behavior Analyticsy for Forcepoint and their customers to take advantage of this technology is through their User & Entity Behavior Analytics solution, this tool allows for them to bring data in from a variety of sources to understand who employees are and what they are doing.

By understanding who your users are and what they do normally, helps companies detect when something out of the ordinary happens.

If Bob never goes into the office late at night and randomly he starts accessing company files after 11 pm, you can identify a potential threat. Or perhaps, Bob got a new position and is working different hours or got assigned a project and was just trying to meet deadlines. Bob’s manager could go to him and say we noticed that you started logging in and accessing sensitive data late at night and when Bob replies he is in bed normally at 9 pm, the company would know something was wrong.

Watch the Forcepoint presentation on User and Entity Behavior Analytics

 

*Please note that Forcepoint was a sponsor of an event (Tech Field Day 16) that paid for my travel accommodations to participate in the event.

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September 16th, 2016 by NerdBlurt

Monday September 19th things are going to be a little bit different on Twitter, the much anticipated change to tweets is happening! Back in May Twitter announced some changes and they are finally happening! I for one thing it is long over due, for me the Twitter handles not counting is the best part of this update. I have longed for this feature since I started tweeting.

twitterLook at what is changing Monday the 19th

  • Media (images, GIFs, videos and polls)
  • Handles at the beginning of replies
  • Sadly Links still count

If you are a regular user this change will be minimal and you will most likely go about your tweeting as usual and not really notice. However if you are a business this impacts you the most as you now will have more characters for creating those social posts.

Nerd’s Blurt

I know I have been wanting this for awhile and am excited that it is finally here! It has only taken 6 years, but it will be here soon! Those group tweets are going to be better now and you can include others, I’ve been in many chats that have multiple people in it and limited the conversation.

What are your thoughts on the changes?

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turbonomic
August 17th, 2016 by NerdBlurt

What was once VMTurbo is now turbonomic. The company has decided to shift focus away from the VM and focus more on the turbo in it’s name that is! I feel this is a great way to be agile like the customers are around you. Businesses today are not just focused on “VM” anymore there are more layers and technology coming into play. I am fortunate to be involved in blogger briefings from the company over the last few years.

turbonomic

turbonomicIt is all in a name right? Would Taco Bell be Taco Bell if its name was something different? I think if you take a look to back in the day when they use to ring a dinner bell and peoples love of tacos this was great brand strategy by Taco Bell. turbonomic took a slightly different approach but yet similar, by morphing “Turbo Speed, “automatic control” and “Economic Principles” and forming turbonomic. Not only did they incorporate what their customers are facing today, they implemented the concept and thinking of making the management of your environment as autonomic as your heart beat.

Understand that they do a little more then that, the green circle in the logo represents the green circle community. turbonomic has always been a great supporter of the community with it’s participation in vBlogs, bloggers, user groups and virtual design master, etc so to have a piece of that represented in the logo is awesome.

 

Nerd’s Blurt

This is a bold statement and great transition period for companies like turbonomic, to be established then try and shake things up can be rewarding but also have it’s troubles. I am hoping for the best for the turbonomic team while they start this new adventure. If you check their twitter stream you can see it has given some fun spirits to the employees. They are keeping the community, it’s users, employees excited. In my opinion that is what a company should want to do. While I hope they do not change the name again nor does this work for all companies, but turbonomic hit the nail on the head with this move in my book.

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HPE Verity
June 8th, 2016 by NerdBlurt

Last week Hewlett Packard Enterprise announced HPE Verity. Now I work for HPE in the business unit and am responsible for the social media. To me it is exciting to see the behind the scenes of what happens when you are launching a product or an update with new features, to be able to finally talk about something you have known about for months. Today is that day I get to talk to you about HPE Verity.

What is HPE VeHPE Verityrity?

HPE Verity is a next-generation, unified IM&G framework that provides a single source of truth

  • Information management & governance applications and services are integrated within a common framework.
  • Built on a SaaS architecture it can be deployed in virtually any geography to support data sovereignty requirements
  • With native, in-place analytics information is not moved from application to application but is available directly within Verity

HPE Verity’s set of applications and services will uniquely help organizations comprehensively manage, govern, and extract actionable insights from enterprise information.

So really what you are looking at is the start of what HPE is touting it’s Next-Gen Information and Governance framework, the stepping stone to many new products. Now working for the group I have insider knowledge and the greater vision but I like paying my bills so I will only talk about what I can when I can.

In a session during HPE Discover the company’s Semi-annual conference David Jones and Stephen Spellicy gave folks a closer look at HPE Verity. You can read a recap of that session here

Nerd’s Blurt

I am excited for for is to come! I will also be writing some more posts hopefully on here on some of the things I am learning about in the information governance space. I am going to stop here now as I want to write up a quick day one recap of HPE Discover from Las Vegas.

I would also like to note I wrote this on my own as HPE is my employer this is my blog and any writing on here is solely my own opinion or that of any guest writers.

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Skype Business keep adding draft messages
May 24th, 2016 by NerdBlurt

I had an issue recently where I was getting an absurd amount of draft messages into my Outlook Client. The message was one that I already had sent to a co-worker over a week ago. I had already deleted over 400 messages from my drafts to this point. I tried running the Skype for Business tool to see if it would clear the cache of temp files and hopefully stop this from happening.

No dice, I restarted my computer multiple times and the Skype for Business application itself. The problem still persisted.  I then did what most people today, I complained on Twitter.

 

I felt vindicated briefly, but the problem was still there, then having a few free minutes I went to the Googles.

Skype Business keep adding draft messages

That is where I found the answer! User Jordan Nolan pointed another user to the solution and right location of the culprit file!

How to Fix Skype for Business Draft Message bug

  • Exit out of Skype for business
  • Navigate to the following location on your computer – %LOCALAPPDATA%\Microsoft\Office\16.0\Lync\{sip_id}\History Spooler\ 
  • Delete all files in this Directory
  • Close out of Folder and Restart Skype for Business

Skype business history file location

Why does this happen?

It is not really clear as to why this happens, One thing I did observe is the user I was interacting with had just moved to Office 365, I am still on Exchange. I like the other users are in a mixed application shop meaning, I installed the latest version of Skype over an older install. There maybe some bug I am unaware of that doesn’t play nice with the different versions

Nerd’s Blurt

This was a simple fix, and I am hoping it doesn’t happen again as it is more annoying then anything as a user to have to do this. I do not like hundreds of drafts in my draft folder and seeing that number made me cringe every-time.

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