SIEM

SIEM

What is SIEM?

SIEM (Security Incident and Event Management) identifies, monitors, records and analyses security events or incidents in a real-time IT environment, and provides a comprehensive and centralized view of the security of IT infrastructure.

 

Our SIEM products

Security Incident and Event Management

5 – Recover

Develop and implement the appropriate activities to maintain plans for resilience and to restore any capabilities or services that were impaired due to a cybersecurity event.

Services

Security Monitoring

The transfer, storage, analysis, and elimination of these security logs can, however, become extremely complex and sometimes even unmanageable for organizations. Cognosec’s solutions allow you to easily log data from sources such as operating systems, network devices, applications, and databases.

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Features

Security monitoring is the gathering, analyzing and presenting information from:

  • network and security devices
  • identity and access-management applications
  • vulnerability management and policy-compliance tools
  • operating-system, database and application logs
  • external threat data

Description

The extent of event logging has evolved incredibly over they years and is now used for almost everything from troubleshooting problems to optimizing system and network performance, tracking user actions, and providing vital information for the investigations of malicious activity. Due to the ongoing implementation of new legislation and the vast deployment of networked servers, workstations, and other devices over the last decade, the sheer amount of logging information available has become incredible. The transfer, storage, analysis, and elimination of these security logs can, however, become extremely complex and sometimes even unmanageable for organizations. Cognosec’s solutions allow you to easily log data from sources such as operating systems, network devices, applications, and databases. We ensure that the data is collected, filtered, normalized, and stored centrally in order to facilitate analysis, correlating, reporting, and alerting. Cognosec fully supports the design, implementation, and customization of log management systems to ensure that the desired objectives are still achieved with absolute minimal impact to performance, resulting in the safest and most easily managed systems possible.

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Incident Response, Business Continuity & Forensics

Security Incident and Event Management (SIEM) tools analyze & provide a consolidated view of the overall security posture in the organization.

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Features

We provide a full service offering from consulting, gap analysis, technology choice, architecture & design, implementation and management of:

  • Managed Compliance Services (eg. Monitoring and reporting based on specific PCI-DSS or SOX requirements)
  • On premise SIEM implementations
  • Hybrid SIEM implementations
  • Cloud based SIEM implementations

Description

Security Incident and Event Management (SIEM) tools are used to collect, correlate, aggregate and store security logs from servers, network devices, DLP Systems, security devices, databases and Access Control Systems (any device that can provide a log file with a security context) on a network. They analyze & provide a consolidated view of the overall security posture in the organization. These systems allow security professionals to quickly identify suspected breaches & malware incidents in near real time and to conduct forensic investigations using historical data. SIEM systems can be enormously expensive and require a high level of skill to run. They require constant tuning and maintenance so it makes sense for many businesses to outsource to experts.

Specification

We provide bespoke managed compliance services for customers who are required to monitor and report on the compliancy of their systems, against certain standards and regulations such as PCI, Sarbanes – Oxley, HIPPA, COBIT, ISO, BASEL II, FISMA, GLBA, NERC, but who wish to outsource this function. Examples of these Managed Compliancy Services are:

  • Managed PCI Compliance
  • Managed IPS Reporting Service for Sarbanes – Oxley
  • Penetration Testing for compliance
  • Security Awareness training for compliance
  • Venerability Scanning Services for compliance
  • Gap assessments and configuration analysis of security tool sets
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Compliance & SIEM Services

Security Incident and Event Management (SIEM) tools analyze & provide a consolidated view of the overall security posture in the organization.

Cognosec Services

Cognosec Services

Features

We provide a full service offering from consulting, gap analysis, technology choice, architecture & design, implementation and management of:

  • Managed Compliance Services (eg. Monitoring and reporting based on specific PCI-DSS or SOX requirements)
  • On premise SIEM implementations
  • Hybrid SIEM implementations
  • Cloud based SIEM implementations

Description

Security Incident and Event Management (SIEM) tools are used to collect, correlate, aggregate and store security logs from servers, network devices, DLP Systems, security devices, databases and Access Control Systems (any device that can provide a log file with a security context) on a network. They analyze & provide a consolidated view of the overall security posture in the organization. These systems allow security professionals to quickly identify suspected breaches & malware incidents in near real time and to conduct forensic investigations using historical data. SIEM systems can be enormously expensive and require a high level of skill to run. They require constant tuning and maintenance so it makes sense for many businesses to outsource to experts.

Specification

We provide bespoke managed compliance services for customers who are required to monitor and report on the compliancy of their systems, against certain standards and regulations such as PCI, Sarbanes – Oxley, HIPPA, COBIT, ISO, BASEL II, FISMA, GLBA, NERC, but who wish to outsource this function.

Managed Compliancy Services are:

  • Managed PCI Compliance
  • Managed IPS Reporting Service for Sarbanes – Oxley
  • Penetration Testing for compliance
  • Security Awareness training for compliance
  • Venerability Scanning Services for compliance
  • Gap assessments and configuration analysis of security tool sets
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Network Security

Network Security components keep your network safe.

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Features

Network Security refers to the security components which reside at the network layer of the business. The network layer connects the individual computers servers, applications and data storage areas together. Many attacks and interception attempts take place at this level, so it is a critical area to protect. The rapid adoption rate of cloud services and smart apps is becoming increasingly complex to manage, for both businesses and individuals in their own capacity. We provide a full service offering for any size of business from 25 users to 80,000 users, ranging from consulting, gap analysis, architecture & design, implementation and management of:

  • Host-based Intrusion Prevention Services HIPS) – For Servers
  • Perimeter facing and Internal facing Firewalls
  • Web Application Firewall Services
  • Network Access Control (NAC)
  • Network Intrusion Prevention (NIPS) Services

Description

Network Security components keep your network safe and include some or all of the following, depending on your requirements:

Firewalls (FW) – These are network devices that operate like border controls – only allowing the traffic you want to pass in and out of your company.

Web Application Firewalls (WAF) – These are similar to firewalls but designed to protect public websites. They only allow specific web traffic through in either direction to protect sensitive or confidential information often held in databases linked behind the website. WAFs are Essential for eCommerce businesses, who need public facing websites that facilitate payments.

Network Intrusion Prevention Services (NIPS) – protects against malicious hidden processes and hacking using devices on the network. These devices process large volumes of traffic and generate many lines of  log data, which have to be managed properly to deliver proper value.

Network Access Control (NAC) – This technology prevents unauthorized (or “Rogue”) devices from joining your network. When a device does not meet your security policies or standards it should not be able to access your network.

Network Data Loss/Leakage Prevention (NDLP) – is a technology which utilizes policies on a computer that helps prevent sensitive data from being transmitted to the wrong people, both inside and outside the company.

Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) Services –DDoS attacks have evolved into complex and overwhelming security challenges. The attacks target the transport and network layers of a communication system and flood network interfaces with traffic, causing inability to respond to legitimate traffic. This impacts your ability to conduct business using the network or internet, causing financial loss.

By choosing the correct managed cybersecurity services provider, all technologies can be deployed, configured and managed from a central console, but have to be properly tuned and managed to deliver ROI to the End User.

All reporting, remediation and escalation activities coordinated centrally.

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Network Protection

Cognosec’s Network Security service offers tailored defense systems such as Unified Threat Management (UTM) solutions.

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Description

Developing a network with full-fledged security involves the implementation of many elements and need to be performed by experienced teams of specialists. Cognosec’s Network Security service offers tailored defense systems such as Unified Threat Management (UTM) solutions. UTM is the evolution of the traditional firewall and is an all-inclusive security product able to perform multiple security functions within one single appliance such as network firewalling, network intrusion prevention and gateway antivirus (AV), gateway anti-spam, VPN, content filtering, load balancing, and data leakage prevention. The combination of automated scanning and manual search filtering provides you with an extremely efficient and effective way of protecting yourself against even the most pesky attackers.

Specifications

Network protection consists of the policies and practices adopted to prevent and monitor unauthorized access, misuse, modification, or denial of a computer network and network-accessible resources.

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Information Systems Audit   

An information technology audit, or information systems (IS) audit, is an examination of the management controls for IT infrastructure and a complete review of the security of computer systems.

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Features

The frequency of an IS audit will sometimes be mandated by a regulator, but for any organisation managing or processing personal or financial information – whatever its sector or size – annual audits are the absolute minimum. Regular audits are essential to keep pace with changes to IT infrastructure and systems – and with changes in the risk landscape.

Description

An information technology audit, or information systems (IS) audit, is an examination of the management controls for IT infrastructure and a complete review of the security of computer systems. It determines if information systems are safeguarding assets, maintaining data integrity and operating effectively to achieve an organisation’s goals. Normally required by regulators or legislators, they can be based on many different frameworks, such as ISO 27001, COBIT and HIPAA, or one of the many industry-specific security standards. However, they all serve the same purpose: to provide assurance that the necessary controls have been put in place and the risks of a data breach reduced to an acceptable level.

Specification

Systems and Applications: An audit to verify that systems and applications are appropriate, are efficient, and are adequately controlled to ensure valid, reliable, timely, and secure input, processing, and output at all levels of a system’s activity. Information Processing Facilities: An audit to verify that the processing facility is controlled to ensure timely, accurate, and efficient processing of applications under normal and potentially disruptive conditions. Systems Development: An audit to verify that the systems under development meet the objectives of the organization, and to ensure that the systems are developed in accordance with generally accepted standards for systems development. Management of IT and Enterprise Architecture: An audit to verify that IT management has developed an organizational structure and procedures to ensure a controlled and efficient environment for information processing. Client/Server, Telecommunications, Intranets, and Extranets: An audit to verify that telecommunications controls are in place on the client (computer receiving services), server, and on the network connecting the clients and servers.

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PCI GAP Assessment

Cognosec’s PCI Gap Assessment is available for both remote and onsite activities. To create the most accurate assessment possible, it also includes interviewing system architects, systems administrators, testing personnel, and support staff.

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Features

The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) applies to all organisations that store, process and/or transmit cardholder data. The framework covers technical and operational system elements connected to cardholder data. If you store, process or transmit credit card data you are subject to this standard. Cognosec is a Qualified Security Assessor (QSA) and as a QSA we are authorised to help your company obtain and maintain PCI DSS compliance. Cognosec GmbH can provide you with a full PCI DSS audit portfolio on top of the consultancy service we already offer –creating a rounded and comprehensive compliance package. Cognosec is an Approved Scanning Vendor (ASV) – an organisation with a set of security services and tools available to validate adherence to the external scanning condition of the PCI DSS requirement 11.2. The scanning vendor’s ASV scan solution is always tested and approved by the PCI SSC before an ASV is added to the list of approved scanning vendors. As Cognosec is a Qualified Security Assessor (QSA) for the PCI-DSS and PA-DSS as well as an Approved Scanning Vendor (ASV)– making Cognosec a one-stop-shop for your PCI compliance needs.  Cognosec can provide you with a full PCI DSS audit portfolio on top of the consultancy service we already offer – creating a rounded and comprehensive compliance package. We are authorised to help your company obtain and maintain PCI DSS compliance.

Description

A PCI DSS Gap Assessment is an analysis on the differences between  an entity’s present security standards and policies and the twelve requirements of PCI DSS. The variances, or “gaps”, are then determined and can be corrected with PCI Remediation. If you have been asked to comply with the PCI DSS by a card brand, an issuing or acquiring bank, a business partner, or a customer who requires it as part of a due diligence exercise, Cognosec can help you. Cognosec’s PCI Gap Assessment is available for both remote and onsite activities. To create the most accurate assessment possible, it also includes interviewing system architects, systems administrators, testing personnel, and support staff.

Specification

Most companies have established security standards and procedures in place, but as the world is conforming on one standard, a reassessment is necessary. A PCI DSS Gap Assessment is an analysis on the differences between established security standards and those demanded by the PCI SSC. The variances, or “gaps”, are then determined and corrected. Our process includes interviewing system architects, systems administrators, testing personnel, support staff and others to gather the most information possible – aiding the subsequent analysis and generation of the final PCI DSS Gap Analysis report. Many companies already have security standards and procedures in place, but as the world is conforming to one standard, a re-assessment is often necessary. A PCI Gap Assessment is an analysis on the variances between established security standards and those required by the PCI SSC for PCI certification.

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Industrial Control Systems (ICS) Security Assessment

ICS implementations are vulnerable primarily to local threats because many of their components are in physically secured areas and the components are not connected to IT networks or systems.

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Features

As the threats to ICS increase – due, in part, to increased geopolitical risks – so the need to protect them increases. In today’s climate, ICS security is an urgent priority. Weaknesses in the security of industrial control systems (ICS) – systems that relate to critical infrastructure such as power, water and transport – and their interfaces with other IT infrastructure can significantly derail businesses and economies. Possible incidents an ICS may face include the following:

  • Blocked or delayed flow of information through ICS networks, which could disrupt ICS operation
  • Unauthorized changes to instructions, commands, or alarm thresholds, which could damage, disable, or shut down equipment, create environmental impacts, and/or endanger human life
  • Inaccurate information sent to system operators, either to disguise unauthorized changes, or to cause the operators to initiate inappropriate actions, which could have various negative effects
  • ICS software or configuration settings modified, or ICS software infected with malware, which could have various negative effects
  • Interference with the operation of safety systems, which could endanger human life.

Description

ICS implementations are vulnerable primarily to local threats because many of their components are in physically secured areas and the components are not connected to IT networks or systems. However, the trend toward integrating ICS systems with IT networks provides significantly less isolation for ICS from the outside world than predecessor systems, creating a greater need to secure these systems from remote, external threats. Also, the increasing use of wireless networking places ICS implementations at greater risk from adversaries who are in relatively close physical proximity but do not have direct physical access to the equipment. Threats to control systems can come from numerous sources, including hostile governments, terrorist groups, disgruntled employees, malicious intruders, complexities, accidents, natural disasters as well as malicious or accidental actions by insiders. Our assessments identify these weaknesses – and recommend solutions. We combine specific tests with traditional penetration testing methods to cover all components and types of infrastructure. These technical tests can be accompanied by architectural and process security reviews.

Specifications

Our auditors will assure that:

  • Logical access to the ICS network and network activity are restricted.
  • Physical access to the ICS network and devices are restricted.
  • Individual ICS components are protected from exploitation.
  • Functionality during adverse conditions can be maintained.
  • The system can be restored after an incident
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Vulnerability Assessment

Cognosec performs regularly scheduled scans (monthly or quarterly), as well as ad hoc scans when needed, that concludes with a final ASV Report containing every threat discovery and an evaluation thereof.

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Features

Vulnerability assessment should be a continuous process for every organisation exposed to the Internet. We offer vulnerability scanning as a subscription service on a monthly (recommended) or a quarterly basis. (Since it’s a semi-automated process, it requires minimum effort from the customer.)

Description

A vulnerability assessment identifies, quantifies and prioritises (or ranks) the vulnerabilities in a system, using both system and application vulnerability scans. System vulnerabilities normally exist because of exploitable programming errors in either the operating system or the hardware, and vendors normally release patches when these errors are made public. Patching hundreds or thousands of systems is a tedious business, though, and can sometimes disable functioning applications. Consequently, it is often resisted by IT departments. Vulnerability scans are semi-automated processes that can check whether patches or updates have been installed, bugs removed and systems securely configured. They report everything found. Our auditors then carefully review the results to sift out false positive and check whether a vulnerability exists – and whether action needs to be taken.

Specification

Cognosec performs regularly scheduled scans (monthly or quarterly), as well as ad hoc scans when needed, that concludes with a final ASV Report containing every threat discovery and an evaluation thereof. Cognosec’s scanning solutions test and report on all of the following systems:

  • Firewalls & Routers
  • Operating Systems
  • Database Servers
  • Web Servers
  • Application Servers
  • Common Web Scripts
  • Built-in Accounts
  • DNS Servers
  • Mail Servers
  • Web & Other Applications
  • Common Services
  • Wireless Access Points
  • Backdoors
  • SSL/TLS
  • Remote Access
  • Point-of-sale (POS) Software
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