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IONs & ALIENS: How Bandura TIG Increases the Value of AlienVault USM Appliance & AlienVault OTX

POSTED ON MARCH 1, 2019 // BY TODD WELLER

As discussed in our recent blog “Experts weigh in on Cybersecurity Trends and Predictions for 2019,” the three “IONs” – integration, orchestration, and automation – are a key security theme for 2019. We see this first hand as many of our customers integrate our Threat Intelligence Gateway (TIG) with their Security Information & Event Management (SIEM) systems.

In this blog, we will look at how, through our partnership with Castra, integrating Bandura TIG with AlienVault USM Appliance adds value to AlienVault USM Appliance customers by enabling improved threat detection and orchestrated and automated threat response.

 

A Quick Look at Bandura TIG

Bandura TIG is a network security solution that is purpose-built to filter traffic based on large volumes of threat intelligence indicators (IPs and domains) from multiple sources. Bandura TIG comes out of the box with millions of threat intelligence indicators from leading commercial (such as Webroot, Proofpoint, Symantec), open-source, industry, and government sources. Bandura TIG is an open platform in which customers can easily integrate existing threat intelligence feeds.

Organizations are deploying Bandura TIG as another layer of network protection and to automate and take action with threat intelligence. The benefits that organizations are experiencing include improved network security and visibility, reduced staff workload, and an increased ROI on existing security investments including firewalls, SIEMs, and threat intelligence feeds.

 

Bandura TIG & SIEM: The SIEM sees it. We block it.

SIEMs remain the backbone of security monitoring and investigation efforts. Many Bandura customers look for us to integrate Bandura TIG with their SIEMs. This is for two key reasons:

  1. Detection and Investigation. The solution improves the effectiveness of detection and investigation efforts by correlating threat intelligence-driven network context from Bandura TIG with other security alerts and events.
  2. Threat Response. Bandura TIG improves the effectiveness and efficiency of threat response by being able to conduct automated and/or semi-automated blocking of IPs and domains deemed malicious by SIEM monitoring efforts.

 

A Quick Look at AlienVault USM Appliance & Castra

AlienVault, recently acquired by AT&T, is a leading provider of SIEM solutions to mid-sized enterprises. The AlienVault Unified Security Management (USM) Appliance solution is used by over 7,000 organizations. Castra is one of AlienVault’s largest partners, having conducted over 1,500 implementations of the AlienVault USM Applicance.

We recently announced a strategic partnership with Castra in which Castra has integrated Bandura TIG with its mSIEM managed service. AlienVault USM Appliance is a core component of Castra’s service. As a result, Castra developed an integration between Bandura TIG and USM Appliance.

 

How Bandura TIG Integrates & Adds Value to AlienVault’s USM Appliance

The Bandura TIG-AlienVault USM Appliance integration developed by Castra has three main components:

  1. Bandura TIG logs are sent to AlienVault USM Appliance to be analyzed with other security event data.
  2. Through AlienVault USM Appliance, users can define an automated rule or manually send malicious IPs and domains to be blocked by Bandura TIG.
  3. AlienVault Open Threat Exchange (OTX) threat intelligence feeds are integrated into Bandura TIG enabling users to detect and block traffic based on these indicators.

The Bandura TIG-AlienVault USM Appliance integration benefits organizations in two main ways:

  1. Improved threat detection and investigation by adding Bandura’s threat intelligence-driven network context to the AlienVault USM Appliance and by enabling users to take action with AlienVault OTX threat intelligence.
  2. Improving the effectiveness and efficiency of threat response by automatically blocking malicious IPs and domains with Bandura TIG.

 

Why You Can’t Do This With Your Next Generation Firewall (NGFW)?

Now you may be saying “Can’t I do this with my NGFW?”  The answer here is a little yes and a big NO!  NGFWs, for performance reasons, significantly limit the amount of third party threat indicators that can be integrated with the biggest NGFWs maxing out at only a few hundred thousand indicators.  The Bandura TIG blows away these limits allowing you to integrate over 100 Million unique IP and domain indicators.  This allows you to put all of your actionable threat intelligence to work without limits in an easy and automated way.

 

Better Threat Blocking = Better Security

Integration, orchestration, and automation continue to be important themes in security. They’re important because they improve both cybersecurity effectiveness and efficiency.

The integration of Bandura TIG and AlienVault’s USM Appliance aligns well to these themes. More importantly, this integration offers AlienVault USM Appliance users the ability to improve their security posture and gain more value out of their existing investment.

 

Want to Try it Out?

Reach out today to Castra!
Phone: +1 (408) 476 8488
sales@castraconsulting.com
https://castraconsulting.com

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