In a recent report from Frost and Sullivan the field of network security forensics is identified as a “misunderstood and underappreciated technology.” With all government agencies under constant threat of attack and exposed to network probing on a daily basis, it would seem that understanding all potential tools in the fight against cyberattacks.
In order to help educate government IT professionals, Frost and Sullivan took a deep dive into the field to help explain what the technology is and why it is so important in ameliorating cybersecurity defenses and helping agencies focus on mission delivery.
The report notes that network security forensics are not designed to replace continuous forensics, but are designed to provide “contextual understanding” of metadata to provide understanding around what type of breach is occurring and the best strategies for remediation. By using network security forensics “[t]he emphasis of the investigation moves from malware and anomaly detection to analytics, flow data, and packet inspection.”
But, in a crowded marketplace where most vendors claim that their product has native forensics capabilities, how do you distinguish capability from hype?
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