BalaBit Releases Blindspotter: Real-time, User-behavior Analytics Tool

BalaBit announced that its next-generation IT security tool, Blindspotter is now generally available. Blindspotter is a real-time, user behavior analytics (UBA) tool that analyzes user activities and identifies suspicious events occurring throughout IT systems. It is designed to help organizations mitigate the impact of advanced persistent threats (APTs) or identify malicious internal activity and to speed up the investigation process of any suspicious activity.

Blindspotter tracks and visualizes user activity in real-time to provide organizations with a better understanding of what is really happening on the network. The solution works by collecting and analyzing user-related events and user session activity in real-time or near real-time. It then compares every action to the corresponding baseline of users and their peers to spot anomalies in their behavior -- such as an administrator logging in outside of their normal hours. Blindspotter is even capable of detecting abnormality on the level of issued commands. This means that, if a system administrator uses a command that is different from the generally used command set, Blindspotter will alert the security team. Once this has been detected, Blindspotter can automatically react to minimize the impact of any threat.

It is designed to meet today's key security challenges and alert organizations to key threats, for example:

Detection of hijacked accounts: The activities of an attacker who has compromised a legitimate account will differ significantly from a normal user's activity; external attackers will typically try to map the IT system by accessing various systems to probe for available services or download a large amount of data, which would be of value to them. Blindspotter is able to detect and alert security analysts to deviations of this kind.

Detection of misuse of privileges: Blindspotter can help to detect if a user with high privilege rights has attempted to steal company data to copy or modify sensitive company data that is not required for his job. In this way the data breach can be prevented.

Detection of automated system account misuse:Automated system accounts are typically created by administrators to repeat regular tasks such as backing up the database or restarting certain services overnight. Automated system accounts increase the efficiency of administrators' jobs, however, to make their job easier, in many cases they take the risk to use their own credentials. This is a security risk; in the event that the script is hacked, the attacker not only has the account details of the system administrator but also gains access to all the services that the administrator has. Using Blindspotter, it is possible to distinguish between accounts used by automated jobs and humans.

Screen Content Analysis:Used in conjunction with Shell Control Box -- BalaBit's privileged activity monitoring appliance -- Blindspotter can also analyze screen content, including issued commands and applied software or any textual data that appears on the screen. This enables the detection of any anomalies, which are the obvious signs of an APT-attack or a serious misuse of privilege.

"The reality for most organisations is that security threats already lurk inside their perimeter, whether it's a sophisticated external attacker who has gained access to an internal account or a malicious insider attempting to steal data," said Zoltán Györkő, CEO of BalaBit. "In the past, spotting attacks from within the perimeter has been notoriously difficult. Blindspotter is designed to close this security gap, and protect critical data, without slowing down a business's day to day operations."

 

 

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