Long time since my last post. I was very busy creating Cyber Saiyan – a non-profit organization – and organizing RomHack 2018, a free cyber security event that will take place in Rome next September 22th.
On the field of threat intelligence automation and info sharing community building, the work continued too.
I’m working hard with italian community and we setup a STIX/TAXII network using a combination of open source sofware: MISP, OpenTAXII and MineMeld. We are now testing a complex consumer/producer network where companies (producers) can push IoC that, after validation, are injected into the consumer network, a TAXII service built on top of MineMeld.
After having laid the foundations for building a community with the previous posts, it’s now time to make some advanced analysis of the received IoC.
In post 2 I integrated MineMeld output nodes into Splunk SOC near-real-time engine to automate SOC IoC access detection. This configuration strengthens the analysis and response capabilities of our SOC.
With this post I show you how to integrate MineMeld miners IoC events (update and withdraw of remote IoC) into Splunk engine so you can use Splunk search advanced features to have a deeper look into the IoC received from the miners.
This is also an important information for a SOC because if you have an IoC hit the first think to do is to understand where the IoC come from, if it was sent by more than one source etc
After building the architecture and integrating the InfoSec feeds from italian CERT-PA into MineMeld and the near-real-time SOC engine, it’s time to put another brick to build an effective community: export internal IoC to the community in a standard format so authorized parties can get it and use them as they want.
The ultimate goal is to build a community that can share IoC using a standard language and a transport mechanism (STIX/TAXXI) getting data from heterogeneous sources (more integration examples in next posts) and injecting data into the community network.
On the first post of my threat intelligence automation jurney I wrote why I choosed MineMeld, the architecture implemented and the hardening steps. One of the goals is to connect MineMeld to heterogeneous external sources to get IoC (Indicators of Compromise) and integrate it into our i-SOC (Information Security Operation Center) near-real-timeengine to get evidences of security events to be analyzed by i-SOC analysts.
In this post I show the foundation of the threat intelligence automation model: how I wrote a custom prototype to get the InfoSec feeds from italian CERT-PA (Public Administration – italian web site) and how I integrated these feeds into Splunk near-real-time engine.
I started with this integration because InfoSec has very good feeds (IP, URLs, domains) that are not just copy&paste from OSINT sources but are often updated and automatically analyzed to check that IoC are still “alive”.
Last slide at my HackInBo talk (italian) was about how to automatically integrate threat intelligence feeds into our near-real-time Information Security Operation Center (i-SOC) SPLUNK engine to reduce the timespent by SOC security analysts on IoC (Indicators of Compromise) analysis.
At the time I was testing an open source project from PaloAlto: MineMeld. It was the right choice; after extensive tests MineMeld now help me to solve the challenges I had in the past while playing with IoC coming from various threat intelligence sources: collection automation, unduplication, aging and SOC integration.