Since the beginning of lockdown, the sale of video games and their systems skyrocketed. Now that we’re slowly moving back to office life, employees may be bringing their BYOD game systems such as PlayStation Vitas, Nintendo Switches, and Nintendo 3DSs to work with them. Here’s how we can help you find those pesky systems.Read more
Last year Plixer released version 19 of Scrutinizer, and with it came the introduction of Plixer Security Intelligence, our machine learning appliance.
The ML appliance learns and establishes what is normal in network traffic behaviors across hundreds of data models. When Scott’s PC reaches out to an application that he has never touched, or exhibits out-of-the-ordinary traffic behaviors, that activity is flagged and alarmed on.Read more
I recently helped a customer configure NetFlow on their ISR4300. I found that ISR43XX/44XX routers run IOS-XE, which only supports Flexible NetFlow (FNF). NetFlow is a Cisco technology that provides statistics on packets flowing through the router. It’s the standard for acquiring IP operational data from IP networks.Read more
Imagine someone walks up to your desk and asks a very simple question: has this IP address been seen on our network? This could be a potentially difficult question to find an answer to, especially with any confidence. Plixer Scrutinizer allows you to provide a definitive answer to whomever is asking.Read more
What is NDR?
This blog will focus on the hottest 3-letter acronym of 2020 & 2021—NDR. Network Detection and Response solutions must address an expanding list of non-malware threats that revolve around data exfiltration, lateral movement, and targeted user attacks. Teams must deploy solutions that learn and adapt to new patterns in real time to ensure they stay vigilant in this changing threat landscape. Plixer Scrutinizer allows network and security operations teams to address both sides of a problem within a single interface.Read more
Gartner just posted their worldwide spending forecast report for the first quarter of 2021 and it looks positive. Clearly, the experts will continue to argue about the economic pressure that has been choking parts of the global economy and whether it’s losing its strength, but from Gartner’s perspective, it looks like we’ll see growth in all IT spending.Read more
As a conversation is observed by a NetFlow-capable device, metadata about that conversation such as source and destination addresses, source and destination port numbers, and packet sizes are stored in a cache on the device until a timeout is reached, then exported to a NetFlow collector to be used for reporting later. I’d like to talk about the information collected and how long the device will hold that information in the cache.Read more
Spring is among us: warmer weather, blooming flowers, and the need to start monitoring on-campus university and school networks again now that students are starting to go back to in-person learning. Many of the customers I’ve talked to in the education vertical have said that at the moment, there isn’t much along the lines of network traffic, but once students are back on campus it’s going to pick right back up again.Read more
2020 was a year of incredible change—changes that I believe will have a lasting impact, but also changes that require immense flexibility with traditional structure and workflows. This is observable in every industry, and ours is no different. Not only has the model of network traffic changed with a work-from-home model, but so has our ability to collaborate as a team. We moved from primarily being in the same physical room as our colleagues to now spending our time in virtual channels. One of the most widely adopted of these digital workspaces is Microsoft Teams.
With Teams being the primary space for collaboration, having a network monitoring solution like Plixer Scrutinizer post alarms to a dedicated Teams channel is an incredibly effective way of monitoring, tracking and assigning network events to team members for investigation. Let’s take a look at how easy it is to configure this integration within Scrutinizer.Read more