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Intelligent approach to change detection

New Net Technologies : 03 September, 2015  (New Product)
Latest version of NNT Change Tracker provides more intelligence in system integrity monitoring and change tracking to prevent security breaches
Intelligent approach to change detection

New Net Technologies (NNT) has announced the availability of the next generation of NNT Change Tracker, its flagship system auditing and change detection solution.

Change Tracker Gen 7 heralds a new ‘Intelligent’ approach to system integrity monitoring technology, making it more effective for real-time breach detection and more usable, empowering IT to maintain Security Best Practices. Through Closed-Loop Intelligent Change Control (CLICC) functionality, Change Tracker Gen 7 reconciles the benefits of forensic-level change control with the hitherto onerous workload associated with reviewing and acknowledging system changes.

Mark Kedgley, CTO, New Net Technologies, comments: “The security world is preoccupied with the idea of stopping breaches – and yet the evidence reveals that this strategy is not working.  Modern IT environments don’t conform to Security Best Practices – lots of changes are being made, not always in the best interest of maintaining security. Even in a well-run and secure estate, breaches are still happening through phishing, zero day malware and insider attacks.

“Change Tracker Gen 7 represents a new model that gives organizations a better way of responding to the continually evolving security threat.  It provides the intelligent breach detection capabilities that are needed to pinpoint breach activity in real-time.”

NNT Change Tracker has been awarded Certified Vendor status by the Center for Internet Security (CIS), providing confidence that CIS Benchmark hardening guidelines are always accurately applied to eliminate known vulnerabilities from all common platforms.

Gen 7’s CLICC functionality automatically assesses any changes made to the IT system against expected or permitted changes to the configuration baseline. By automatically recording, evaluating and recognising approved, repeated, regular behaviour, such as patching updates, Gen 7 continually enhances system intelligence. The result is that only the outstanding unplanned changes – which may be breach activity – are highlighted for investigation, all in real-time.

This latest release also features:-

* New GUI: mobile app-style web interface
* Re-engineered Hub: faster and scalable to handle large Enterprise deployments, supported on both Windows and Linux
* Auto-provisioning of monitoring policy and scheduled reporting
* Comprehensive REST API providing full two-way integration with change and incident management systems
* Scheduled Report operation: reporting on any events for any devices on a one-off or scheduled basis
* Simple point-and-click approval of changes to authorised baseline

Change Tracker Gen 7 enables organizations to bring IT systems into compliance with a ‘known good and secure’ state, using out of the box or user-definable auditing policies.  System hardening is still recognized by all leading security standards as one of the most effective means available to mitigate the risk of information security attacks.

Change Tracker Gen 7 brings not only improved scalability and speed of detection; it combines forensic-level visibility of system integrity changes with intelligent analysis of these changes to flag only unplanned, unexpected and potential security incidents for review. Change Tracker literally learns the difference between good and bad changes, automatically promoting legitimate changes to Planned Changes, to leave behind only potentially harmful, unplanned changes for review.

Kedgley concludes: “The truth is that most of the major breaches we hear of could and should have been detected in near real-time. Post event analysis reveals that the vast majority of attacks leave plenty of clues, with the creation of new system files, services, registry keys and values. And yet many attacks continue to go unnoticed for weeks due to the volume of noise and change activity that prevents any sensible real-time analysis.”

“Any security technology must be developed in line with the evolving threat and regulatory landscape and expectations of the market. But it must also help customers achieve and maintain IT security with as little complexity as possible. Change Tracker Gen 7 represents a game-changer in FIM technology that allows organisations to establish a compliant and hardened IT system configuration, and maintain this in the face of an increasingly complex cyber-security environment.”

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