EnCase Automates Response to Security Incidents

Anthony Di BelloNew software and services from Guidance Software fill a critical gap in information security by helping organizations respond automatically to security attacks and breaches, giving businesses and government agencies the capacity to react to thousands of events daily and reduce the time between a breach and incident response.

Guidance Software has connected EnCase® Cybersecurity version 4.3 with security information and event management (SIEM) systems to facilitate security automation. For example, when an attack or breach event is suspected, the SIEM system can now automatically trigger an EnCase® Cybersecurity forensic response, including exposing, collecting, triaging and remediating data related to threats — essentially taking action on or gathering data about a security event that might otherwise have been missed.

By automating incident response, organizations can collect actionable information about an attack, minimize data leakage and economic damage, and reduce the time needed to eliminate the threat and return an endpoint computer to a normal state.

According to a September 2011 Cost of Cyber Crime study by The Ponemon Institute, the average time to resolve a cyber attack in 2011 was 18 days. Shortening that duration could reduce the cost and impact of an attack, which the Ponemon study placed at $416,000 on average. Results of the study also showed that malicious insider attacks can take more than 45 days to contain.

"Time is of the essence when performing incident response, but today's security teams are constrained by the volume of attacks and the time it takes to initiate a response. Any delay in response means a potential for more damage and a loss of valuable data," said Victor Limongelli, president and chief executive officer, Guidance Software. "By automating forensic response EnCase® Cybersecurity enables security teams to achieve a real-time view of what was occurring on endpoints during an attack, even if the incident occurred over a weekend or in the middle of the night."

Organizations have three ways they can automate incident response using new features in EnCase® Cybersecurity:

-- Integration with ArcSight — The integration of EnCase® Cybersecurity with HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager (ESM) offers four pre-programmed, automatic functions, including forensic auto-capture of system memory, scanning for Internet history and cache files, scanning for personally identifiable information, and conducting a targeted forensic data audit of a system. Security managers can run these EnCase® functions and view results from a pull-down menu inside ArcSight ESM with a few mouse clicks, or they can set them to run automatically, without manual intervention, when an incident triggers a security alert.

-- Response Automation Connector — EnCase® Cybersecurity 4.3 includes the new response automation connector, which is an application-programming interface (API) that gives organizations the ability to integrate the software with other security alerting systems. Customers using the API can integrate all of EnCase® Cybersecurity's incident response capabilities into their SIEM environment and automate those functions that are most important to their security processes.

-- Response Automation Services — Guidance Software has also launched new professional services offerings to help organizations with other security alerting tools or unique staffing needs to automate response to security incidents using EnCase® Cybersecurity.

Learn more about automated incident response with Arcsight ESM and EnCase® Cybersecurity. 
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