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Friday, September 6, 2013

Big Data for Security @ HP Labs: Key Milestone Achieved

In the Big Data for Security R&D project, at HP Labs, we achieved an important milestone. We delivered our first, fully working prototype (and related demonstrator) illustrating how  it is possible to analyse Big Security data to identify potential (new) security threats and issues of relevance to organisations.

We focused, as a case study, on DNS events: DNS logs are usually huge, due to the very large amount of DNS queries (and replies) performed per second. As a consequence, companies usually fail in logging this type of information or they restrict the collection/retention to very small time periods. On the other hand, DNS Infrastructure is critical and can be used to launch attacks and/or for criminal intents.

Hence, being able to analyse DNS logs (potentially in conjunction with other logs) is key to identify attacks and misbehaviours.

Our demonstrator analyses DNS logs (currently only DNS queries, in the near future also DNS replies) and provides insights about potential security threats and issues. This is achieved via Historical (Security) Analytics and Visualization capabilities developed at HP Labs.

We fully leverage current HP Software and Security (HAVEn) solutions, Including HP ArcSight Logger, HP ArcSight ESM, HP Vertica and HP RepSM.

In the coming months we aim to:

·         Refine this solution by including advanced anomaly detection functions, trend analysis and machine learning, coupled with compelling visualization;

·         Process a wide range of data types, beyond DNS logs (e.g. web proxy logs, IPS logs, vulnerability scanning logs, user access logs, etc.)  along with related analytics;

·         Process and analyse unstructured data, by leveraging HP Autonomy;

·         Leverage distributed analytics solutions (including Hadoop) and advanced statistical tools (e.g. R).   

This is work in progress. We are currently showcasing this solution to HP customers and partners to gather additional requirements and feedback. More to come in the coming months.

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