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Security intelligence collaboration for big data

ForeScout Technologies : 01 October, 2013  (Company News)
Integration between CounterACT and Splunk Enterprise provides improved insight into threats and automatic control in big data environments
Security intelligence collaboration for big data

ForeScout Technologies has announced a technology partnership with Splunk, a software platform for real-time operational intelligence. In conjunction with the partnership, ForeScout has made available bi-directional integration between ForeScout CounterACT and Splunk Enterprise and a new ForeScout App for Splunk Enterprise. By combining ForeScout’s dynamic endpoint visibility, access and security capabilities with Splunk Enterprise’s advanced machine data analytics capabilities, enterprises gain enhanced threat insight and automated control.

ForeScout CounterACT helps organisations gain complete visibility for all devices, users, systems and applications attempting to connect to or on an enterprise network – wired or wireless, managed or unmanaged, PC or mobile. Devices are dynamically discovered, classified, profiled and assessed without requiring agents. CounterACT applies policy-based controls to: allow, limit or block access; manage guests and BYOD users; monitor and enforce endpoint compliance and mitigate violations and exposures. All captured information, as well as event logs, can be sent to Splunk Enterprise for data analysis, reporting and optimised retention. In addition, operators can enable Splunk Enterprise to communicate with CounterACT to directly mitigate security issues. As a result, IT organisations can make their data truly actionable.

“IT organisations are challenged with enormous visibility and control gaps given increased network complexity, BYOD proliferation and the velocity of sophisticated threats. Users not only want greater operational intelligence, but they also want the means to efficiently analyse data and effectuate policy,” said Scott Gordon, chief marketing officer at ForeScout. “A combined approach with ForeScout and Splunk gives the best of both worlds to solve a broad range of security issues.”

The ForeScout App for Splunk Enterprise allows customers to easily use and create a wide variety of operational dashboards and reports which take advantage of Splunk Enterprise to efficiently analyse, visualise and store huge volumes of identity, device, application, access and violation data generated by ForeScout CounterACT. Security analysts can combine this information with other big data sources for real-time monitoring and to conduct historical searches to identify advanced threats, fraud and other security exposures. Furthermore, Splunk can be easily configured to send triggered event data to ForeScout CounterACT in order to remediate endpoint security issues, isolate breached systems or trigger other policy-based controls.

“In today’s threat landscape, all data is security relevant and requires a solution that delivers real-time insights. ForeScout CounterACT provides visibility to network and endpoint activity that our customers can use to augment their Splunk analytics in order to monitor for critical security issues and expedite investigations,” said Bill Gaylord, senior vice president of business development at Splunk. “Leveraging the interoperability of Splunk Enterprise and ForeScout not only helps expand the surface area for customers to more rapidly and confidently identify problems but also automates controls to directly mitigate threats.”

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