Sqrrl Blog

Jul 9, 2015 8:00:00 AM

Introducing the Sqrrl Cyber Incident Matrix

A Sqrrl blog series focused on Data Breaches

Data Breaches are in the news again and again these days. Between the IRS, OPM, Target, Lastpass, and countless other private and public organizations, data and networks of all varieties are prime targets for both external attackers and internal infiltrators. Our newsfeeds, inboxes, and conversations are all saturated with people asking how and why these incidents occur. Over the past 12 months, cybersecurity issues have centered themselves more prominently at the center of public debate than they ever have been in the past. The rate at which private data is being compromised weekly is as alarming as it is impressive.

Today, we’re launching the Sqrrl Cyber Incident Matrix because we believe that there is a need for a place that collects, catalogues, and breaks down these incidents concisely, and in a manner that is easy to understand. Our goal is to take a look at data breaches in the news, rate them based on their severity and complexity, and analyze the known aspects of each breach. We’re not here to make wild theories; the purpose behind this blog is to collect the known facts about a breach and try to build a contextual narrative of how different breaches relate to each other.

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Topics: Cybersecurity, Breach Detection, Outlier Detection, Data Breach, Incident Response

Jun 24, 2015 8:00:00 AM

Cyber Forensics: Sqrrls on the Crime Scene

By George Aquila, Associate Product Marketing Manager

Recently we featured an excellent guest post by Richard Stiennon, who illuminated the need for accelerating response times against attackers who will increasingly be moving down the kill chain with greater speed. This week we drill down on the practice of incident response, into the realm of cyber forensics, to address how analytics tools help put the pieces back together when an adversary successfully executes an attack.

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Topics: Sqrrl Enterprise, Breach Detection, Outlier Detection, Cyber Forensics

Jun 3, 2015 2:58:00 PM

The Power of Knowing: Detecting Anomalies in Cyber Security Data

By Joe Travaglini, Director of Products

When it comes to analyzing root cause of an incident, it’s not only a matter of finding the trigger event, but also the the sequence of events that set the stage, and sometimes even the intent.  Drawing a comparison to the real world, in the case of a fire, was it some electrical malfunction, a rogue cigarette that wasn’t properly extinguished, or was it arson?  In cybersecurity, making this type of assessment is the role of forensic investigations.  What did the attack look like and where did it come from?  Given the well documented numbers about how long a threat exists in a latent form within a network, we can certainly be doing a better job reducing Mean Time to Know.  

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Topics: Cybersecurity, Data Analysis, Linked Data, Outlier Detection