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Improving SecOps Communications with Your Board of Directors

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Presenting well to the board is critical for security operations.  It’s frequently the best opportunity to demonstrate value in quantifiable terms to solidify continued support for the organization’s future initiatives.  Yet presenting to the board can also be an incredibly stressful. A recent Trustwave study noted, “40 percent of security professionals feel the most pressure in relation to their security…

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Automate ThreatGrid Investigation and Response with Out-of-the-Box Swimlane Integrations

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Out-of-the-Box Integrations Automate Cisco AMP ThreatGrid Malware Defense Processes A common repetitive task performed in a SOC is to submit suspicious files to a malware sandboxing technology.  These technologies then execute the binary in a safe environment and report back with valuable details about how that particular bit of malware works.  Analysts follow up by reviewing the results and taking…

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Reducing Security Operations MTTD and MTTR

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For many security operations (SecOps) teams, the real measure of where the “rubber meets the road” is tied to two metrics—Mean Time to Detect (MTTD) an attack, and the Mean Time to Respond (MTTR), (the time needed to take action and neutralize the threat).  As the stakes of a cyber-attack increase, management wants to see progress on both metrics. Improvement…

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Security Consolidation vs. Security Orchestration

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The Right Choice Will Make All the Difference A recent survey at the ISACA/RSA conference found that a third of organizations take 6 months or more to fill a cyber security position, and 10% can’t fill them at all.  This chronic shortage of cyber security professionals is exacerbated as the number of security tools in use continues to increase.  SecurityIntelligence.com…

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Swimlane Real Challenges Facing Security Operations

The Real Challenges Facing Security Operations Teams

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With most organizations, the only thing standing between them and a data breach potentially resulting in huge financial losses is the Security Operations (SecOps) team.  Every day they’re charged with identifying, classifying, and remediating a growing number of cyber-threats, making efficient and repeatable processes essential.  This is becoming increasingly difficult as the volume of threats continues to explode. To put…

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Two 2017 Cyber Security Trends Every Security Operations Professional Should Know

Two 2017 Cyber Security Trends Every Security Operations Professional Should Know

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Key Findings of the PwC Global State of Information Security 2017 Every year a small number of landmark research surveys provide insight and understanding to enable more effective cyber security protection. The 2017 PwC “Global State of Information Security” report is one of these studies, based on interviews with more than 10,000 business and IT executives. While it’s a broad…

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Best Practices to Fortify Your Cyber Security Strategy

Best Practices to Fortify Your Cyber Security Strategy

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There’s no question that the Denver Broncos beat the Carolina Panthers thanks to their defense. Defense alone carried the Broncos while Peyton Manning was out earlier in the season, and it carried them all the way through the post season, culminating in a 24-10 championship victory. The Broncos’ defense, in fact, is being referred to by some—like ESPN’s John Clayton—as…

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Top 4 Causes of Unsustainable Security Operations

Top 4 Causes of Unsustainable Security Operations

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It shouldn’t come as a surprise that organizations are struggling to establish and maintain superior security operations methods. In fact, only 45 percent of global organizations are confident in their security relative to today’s threats, according to Cisco’s 87-page “2016 Annual Security Report.” So, what is affecting the majority of organizations so that they cannot implement effective security methods? In…

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3 Major Security Operations Mistakes

3 Major Security Operations Mistakes

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In a recent webinar, Swimlane Founder and CEO Cody Cornell elaborated on four major causes of unsustainable security operations: an unprecedented volume of attacks, alert fatigue, antiquated response tools and lack of qualified cyber security staff. To deal with these challenges, organizations have tried implementing a number of different security methods—some which work and some which can actually do more…

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