BlindSPOT Newsletter: April 2024

April 16, 2024

A note from the CTO – Ben Finke

If you haven’t heard about our Alert Validation module yet, let me be the first to (happily) tell you what it is and why you should care.  Alert Validation isn’t designed to help you identify gaps or “blindspots” (that’s what Attack Simulations are for).  Alert Validation helps you focus on ensuring that your detection capabilities are working as expected today.  That means ensuring that telemetry arrives, alerts fire, and it all happens in a time frame that you find acceptable. 

Alert Validation is fully automated, executing the activity on an endpoint in the environment, then connecting to the security tools and watching for the alerts to fire.  Once you’ve set up the Alert Validation Exercise, it takes over from there.  You get defect reporting (one or more alerts didn’t fire as expected, or it took longer than you wanted) when the testing fails, and over time we build a detection uptime report.

Sending a canary event through the pipeline gives you the assurance that the detection capabilities you rely on work, with much more certainty than simply monitoring the components of that same pipeline.  Any failures that would prevent your alerts from working against a real attacker will be identified and let you address them without the mess of having missed a real event.

And we don’t have to stop at the first alert.  If you have an MSSP or MDR provider, we can include them in the automation too.  Now you can have daily validation that your security provider can see activity in your environment, and exactly how long it took for them to see it.  Oh, and Alert Validation can automatically close the alerts created through testing, keeping that load off of your team and without impacting your service delivery metrics.

Alert Validation can be done on its own or is a great second step after you’ve spent time using the Attack Simulations to tune your tools and want to make sure they stay tuned.

If you’re interested in seeing what Alert Validation can do for you, let us know, and we’d be happy to get you set up! Learn More

-Ben Finke, OnDefend Co-Founder/CTO

Updated Alert Validation Details Page 

Keeping the Alert Validation talk going, we recently refurbished our Alert Validation detail page to make it easier for you to see the results of each Alert Validation Exercise.

Each alert that is setup in the Exercise is shown with the Pass or Fail grade, and drilling into each you can see exactly how long it took the alert to get there, once that activity happened on the system. 

Learn More About Alert Validation

 Updated Campaigns Page 

 Our Campaigns page was recently renovated too, making it easier to see exactly which campaign is which: 

Learn More About Attack Simulation

BlindSPOT Customer Success: Healthcare & Ransomware

Learn how an enterprise hospital system used BlindSPOT to validate the effectiveness of their security controls, allowing the hospital to focus on what matters most: patient care.

Read The Customer Success Story

Partner Announcement: BDO Digital integrates BlindSPOT into Active Assure Security Service

“We are proud to empower BDO Digital with our attack simulation tool BlindSPOT, providing organizations visibility into the effectiveness of their security controls and proving the value of these investments,” said Chris Freedman, Co-Founder of OnDefend. “It is no longer a question of if but when a company will face an attack. While organizations invest in technical security controls to prevent, protect, and prepare, we’ve found that security programs needed a way to validate those tools will work during those critical moments.”

Read The Full Release

One Last Thing….

Thank you for taking the time to read our newsletter. We are committed as an organization to continue pushing boundaries within the world of innovation, BlindSPOT is the product of that.

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