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 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.
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.
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.
One way 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.
Today’s guest is Shane Weinbrecht. Shane is a jack of all community for Scale Computing. We discuss how Shane and I met through the community and what relationship building really means. His love for sharing knowledge with others is what drives him to continue being part of the technology community.
Family matters and having the support of them is crucial for being active and giving back to the community. Having loved ones understand that their is value for you spending your time participating . I tell a nice back story in how I left my wife on mothers-day one year when I was first making connections in the community.
Shane discusses that the personal impact is far more important to him then the professional benefits. How many online connections became “real” life connections become dear friends.
How has the community impacted your life? What are you not getting out or giving to the community?
Community & what it means to Shane
Support of family
The impact of connecting online/offline
Failing – If you do not try anything you are never going to fail.
This weeks guest is no stranger to being recorded, I am joined by Stu Miniman Senior Analyst over at Wikibon and Cohost of theCUBE. Many may know him as an analyst from theCUBE, I know him as a good friend and mentor.
Stu and I go back to 2009 when I joined Twitter, he was a driving force to keep me engaged in the community. I would say it panned out well for myself. In this episode we talk about the early days of our social media and how contributing quality dialogue is more important then being noisy. This is something that I live by today, except for when the Patriots are playing, then all bets are off. What I enjoy most about talking with Stu can be heard in this weeks Tech Stand UP recording, we easily touch on any subject.
One topic in particular that we touched on was diversifying your social network communities. Are you in a echo chamber? Stu referenced this blog he wrote in our talk. It is important and you may not know where it could help you down the road professionally or personally.
Last we touched on Star Wars,I mean who doesn’t love a good conversation about Luke and Leia.
State of Social
Transitioning from Vendor to Analyst
My early days and his influence on my social journey
Working in your passion versus just working
Social Echo Chamber –
This is the fourth and final recorded live at the VTUG Winter Warmer event podcast, and it is a fitting one to say the least.
My original plan was to talk with Rebecca on becoming a newly minted female VCDX, for those that are unaware the VCDX is a tedious process to obtain filled with multiple certification exams followed up with an architecture design and defended against by a live panel. It is a huge accomplished in the VMware space, while to me personally I don’t see gender , however woman do have to go against unbiased or sometimes biased views in the world. So, seeing a smart lady not caring and continuing to go for what she wants and be a role model for other women is inspiring. I have two daughters, I want them to be inspired by other females to do great things.
Well, the recording went different, as Mike and Herb joined and the four of us had some awesome banter. That is why I record these to capture different conversations from all areas and view points.
Notice past the banter is the underlying story of how these three guests became friends; helping each other through some tough times, just laughing. It makes you think of how relationships are formed, relating back to episode one of Tech Stand UP.
It also is a testament to the virtualization community pulling together, the VCDX program has a great community support system. Both were undeterred by failing the panel defense.
Many do not like talking about is failing; while we all know people fail , many choose to not say anything. We focus so much on success despite there having been many failed attempts.
So give it a listen, and what secrets are you holding?
Community pulling together
Did you know that Rebecca was a female?
How not giving up and to keep trying
This week’s guest is Ariel Sanchez, recorded live from the VTUG Winter Warmer. Ariel is a Costa Rican native who has a man crush on Tom Brady. This crush isn’t the type our wives may have on Brady; however, it is more his work ethic and drive that Ariel respects him for. Like our two other guests the vBrownbag is represented yet again on Tech Stand UP, sorry guys we are not renaming this the vBrownbag podcast.
Ariel has his own way, the Ariel Way much like our beloved Patriots. Ariels passion to share what he learns and give back not only the knowledge he learns but his time. Not only is he part of running a VMware User Group and the vBrownbags, Ariel contributes many hours on his multiple blogs. As well he focuses on being a mentor to other Latin community members.
Have a listen as Ariel and I discuss getting involved in the community, and more importantly as he said it best “Don’t be afraid”.
Twitter – Get involved and meet and interact with people
Tom Brady man crush
Community Commitment and giving back
New England Patriots