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Cyber Security Situational Awareness

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Cyber Security Situational Awareness

Ian Murphy


Cyber Security and Security Operations are fast becoming the latest areas for investment by CSO’s to ensure that they are able to respond when events occur. This article takes a look at how Situational Awareness fits into this and how Digital Forensics tools and techniques are used as a result.


Introduction

Cyber Security Situational Awareness (CyberSSA) is a not so new field in the way information about past, current and future threats to an organisation are displayed.  Its origins are well founded in the battlefield strategies of national governments and are beginning to percolate into large global organisations.  


But what is CyberSSA and why should we care about its presence (or not) or its effectiveness?  


To answer this question I think it is best to consider current challenges faced by Chief Security Officers (CSO) and why organisations should consider CyberSSA.  


Today’s CSO is ever more being asked to do more with less, there are a myriad of external compliance schemes as well as an organisations internal governance necessary to meet executive board responsibilities.  Some of the top agenda items for a CSO are:


1. Demonstrating security value to the business

2. Developing and communicating a security strategy that supports business objectives

3. Complying with regulatory requirements (both internal and external)


So how could CyberSSA assist with these challenges and what should we expect of this “new” arena?


The overarching tenet of CyberSSA is “knowing what is going on around you”.  When applied to organisations, this translates in being able to determine the security health of your environment, down to the endpoint.  This task is further complicated by the heterogeneous nature of a modern organisation and the already expensive investments made into the latest and greatest silver bullets from the security world. So CyberSSA should be aiming to provide the CSO and their teams with a view currently not provided within the Information Security world, a "view from the bridge" to coin an old naval phrase. 


Apart from the detailed security health of the environment, CSO’s are also interested in a different view on the same kind of data. A view, that provides answers not only to technical questions but also on business questions. In most cases, consoles provide a good overview about the technical status of the solution, but who provides an answer about the health of the entire infrastructure? CSO’s are not interested in technical details like the number of detected viruses on a particular system, but they are interested if the risk to the business is within the defined parameters. 

Is the business fulfilling the defined SLA’s?

How does the individual threat landscape look like?

How does the threat landscape look like over time?


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