Risky Biz Soap Box: From 2 billion events to 350 alerts with Respond Software

 
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Soap Box is the podcast series we do here at Risky.Biz where we have detailed discussions with vendors about all sorts of stuff – sometimes it’s about their products, other times it’s about the landscape as they see it, other times it’s about research they’ve done that they want to promote. Soap Box is a wholly sponsored podcast series – just so you know – so everyone you hear on it, paid to be on it.

And this Soap Box edition is brought to you by Respond Software. We’ll be joined by Respond Software’s co-founder and CEO, Mike Armistead to talk about Respond’s tech. Mike has an interesting history in infosec… he actually co-founded Fortify, the software security firm, before winding up at HPE as the VP and General Manager for Arcsight, the poor fella. But he’s free now! Freeeeeee! And he’s co-founded the venture we’re talking about today.

So, what’s the idea behind Respond Software? Well, to break it down into really simple terms the whole idea is to take all the zillions of events your existing security kit flags and distill them down into meaningful alerts. To put this into context, Mike says that during the 30 days in the lead up to the interview we recorded, his customers fed two billion events into their Respond Software gear. Of those two billion events, Respond deemed 7 million of them worthy of escalation, and from there determined 45,000 were malicious, but then… and this is the cool part, this only resulted in 350 incidents raised by the Respond platform. From 2 billion to 350.

So it’s a great idea – tune out the crap and look at meaningful correlations. Automate the decision making around what’s serious and what’s not. You’ve got all this gear, maybe you’ve got something aggregating it, but what’s applying decision logic to it?

Mike sent me a list of software Respond currently supports: all manner of IDSes, AV and EDR suites and then other stuff that gives their software the context it needs to make better decisions, like active directory, Nessus, Qualys, Splunk, QRadar… whatever! The idea is, plug ALL your over-alerting crap into Respond Software’s gear and it’ll do a good enough job of correlating events that you’ll only have to deal with what’s real. Well, that’s the pitch. Mike Armistead joined me to to flesh it out a bit more.

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