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06 Feb Machines Gives Cybersecurity a Big Boost

Machines Gives Cybersecurity a Big Boost Machine learning will no doubt continue its rapid evolution, but it’s already given us a number of very important improvements in cybersecurity. Machine Learning has made tremendous advancements during the last few years. It has become an integral part of our lives. Online shopping has evolved to the point where nearly every site we visit will...

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20 Jan Fortscale 2016 Achievements

As we begin 2017, I can’t help but look back at the many Fortscale achievements during the preceding twelve months. 2016 was a terrific year for the company, with a lot of innovation and important milestones being met.   Although we saw the evolution of spine-chilling ransomware and mammoth data breaches like the one disclosed by Yahoo, Fortscale continues to respond with...

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20 Jan Cyber Security in 2017 – Predicting What Will Not Happen

In January of each year, the cyber security industry is inundated with predictions about what the new year will bring. New forms of malware, anticipated major data breaches, security legislation, emerging technologies, and numerous other trends will all be discussed, debated, and pontificated. So just to be different, I’ve decided to generate a list of what will not happen in 2017....

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30 Nov FBI Tips to Guard Against Ransomware

It’s interesting to read how many businesses are getting infected with ransomware. It’s also interesting so see that a lot of them are quick to transfer bitcoins to recover their encrypted files. I suppose most of us have mused about how we would respond if we were bitten by ransomware.  Would you pay? The FBI published a “Public Service Announcement” regarding ransomware. The...

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02 Nov User Experience Design – The User’s Perspective

"Design is a funny word. Some people think design means how it looks. But of course, if you dig deeper, it's really how it works."   Steve Jobs When I started practicing, UX designers frequently had to explain what it is they actually do. The common understanding was that engineers wrote the code, and then we, as designers, had to "prettify" their...

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11 Oct Detecting Anomalies in a SMART Way – Part 3

In the first post of this series I described how we at Fortscale use a personalized adaptive threshold for triggering alerts. Each user’s activity is assigned a risk score (known as the SMART value) that triggers a SMART alert when it crosses the user’s threshold. We explained how the more anomalous activities a user performs through time, the higher his...

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20 Sep Detecting Anomalies in a SMART Way – Part 2

In the previous post of this series I described how we at Fortscale use a personalized adaptive threshold for triggering alerts. Each user’s activity is assigned a risk score (known as the SMART value) that triggers a SMART Alert when crosses the user’s threshold. We explained how  the more anomalous activities a user performs through time, the higher his threshold...

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06 Sep UEBA Should Provide Conclusions, Not Just Anomalies

As with all technologies, UEBA has evolved over time. We at Fortscale take a great deal of pride in working closely with both our large and small customers to understand their specific needs and to respond to those needs. Although UEBA has always provided more information and context then just SIEM or event logs, after listening carefully to our customers, we...

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29 Aug No Rules!  UEBA as it Should be

When significant new technology appears in the marketplace, it’s always interesting to see how many vendors and products quickly jump on the band wagon to embrace it. The trouble is that with many of the vendors there is no real substance to their claims regarding the new technology. It’s often just talk; smoke and mirrors; and clever use of marketing...

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