What is Forensic Analysis?
Forensic analysis is the process of searching log, flow, vulnerability and other security data to find the root cause of what, what, when, where, how and why of an issue or activity, or incident. Forensic analysis helps a security professional identify any unusual activity or suspicious user behavior.
Why Does Forensic Analysis Matter?
Many of today’s cyber attacks are designed to evade signature- and rule-based defenses, such as anti-virus and intrusion detection systems (IDS). Audit logs are often the only evidence of a successful data breach. Forensic analysis is critical to the detection and prevention of cyber attacks and is important in any dispute involving digitally stored evidence.
Key applications of forensic analysis include:
- Analyzing the root cause of failed or compromised computer systems
- Identifying who is responsible for policy violations or improper use of the network
- Detecting advanced persistent attacks (APTs) in progress
- Determining how far malware has spread to quarantine and clean affected systems
- Providing evidence in a legal case that involves the use or misuse of computer systems
How Does Cygilant Help?
SOCVue Security Monitoring is a managed Log Management and SIEM service that provides incident detection, incident response, forensic analysis, and remediation guidance backed by a 24x7x365 security operations center. SOCVue Security Monitoring service helps collect and index millions or billions of log events per day from your servers, network security devices, and applications. Cygilant SOCVue security analysts perform forensic analysis on your behalf to deliver actionable guidance in understanding suspicious behavior or activity.
SOCVue Vulnerability Management is a managed service utilizing leading vulnerability assessment technology and delivered through the integrated SOCVue platform. Including vulnerability data in forensic analysis adds context to understanding whether the affected systems are at risk for specific exploits.
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