Tuesday, December 01, 2015

Monthly Blog Round-Up – November 2015

Here is my next monthly "Security Warrior" blog round-up of top 5 popular posts/topics this month:
  1. Why No Open Source SIEM, EVER?” contains some of my SIEM thinking from 2009. Is it relevant now? Well, you be the judge.  Current popularity of open source log search tools, BTW, does not break the logic of that post. Succeeding with SIEM requires a lot of work, whether you paid for the software, or not. Also, developing a SIEM is much harder than most people think. BTW, this post has an amazing “staying power” that is hard to explain – I suspect it has to do with people wanting “free stuff” …  [236 pageviews]
  2. “New SIEM Whitepaper on Use Cases In-Depth OUT!” (dated 2010) presents a whitepaper on select SIEM use cases described in depth with rules and reports [using now-defunct SIEM product]; also see this SIEM use case in depth and this for a more current list of popular SIEM use cases as well as this new post. Finally, see our new 2015 research on SIEM use cases here! [191 pageviews]
  3. My classic PCI DSS Log Review series is always popular! The series of 18 posts cover a comprehensive log review approach (OK for PCI DSS 3.1 as well), useful for building log review processes and procedures , whether regulatory or not. It is also described in more detail in our Log Management book and mentioned in our PCI book (just out in its 4th edition!) [128+ pageviews to the main tag]
  4. Simple Log Review Checklist Released!” is often at the top of this list – the checklist is still a very useful tool for many people. “On Free Log Management Tools” is a companion to the checklist (updated version) [113 pageviews ]
  5. “SIEM Resourcing or How Much the Friggin’ Thing Would REALLY Cost Me?” is a quick framework for assessing the SIEM project (well, a program, really) costs at an organization (much more details on this here in this paper). [78 pageviews of total 4447 pageviews to all blog pages]
In addition, I’d like to draw your attention to a few recent posts from my Gartner blog
Current research on SIEM:
Past research on VA tools and VM practices:
Past maverick research on AI/smart machines risks:
Miscellaneous fun posts:
(see all my published Gartner research here)
Also see my past monthly and annual “Top Popular Blog Posts” – 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014.
Disclaimer: most content at SecurityWarrior blog was written before I joined Gartner on Aug 1, 2011 and is solely my personal view at the time of writing. For my current security blogging, go here.
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Monday, November 02, 2015

Monthly Blog Round-Up – October 2015

Here is my next monthly "Security Warrior" blog round-up of top 5 popular posts/topics this month:
  1. Why No Open Source SIEM, EVER?” contains some of my SIEM thinking from 2009. Is it relevant now? Well, you be the judge.  Current popularity of open source log search tools, BTW, does not break the logic of that post. Succeeding with SIEM requires a lot of work, whether you paid for the software, or not. That – and developing a SIEM is much harder than most people think. BTW, this post has an amazing “staying power” that is hard to explain – I suspect it has to do with people wanting “free stuff” …  [261 pageviews]
  2. Simple Log Review Checklist Released!” is often at the top of this list – the checklist is still a very useful tool for many people. “On Free Log Management Tools” is a companion to the checklist (updated version) [112 pageviews ]
  3. “New SIEM Whitepaper on Use Cases In-Depth OUT!” (dated 2010) presents a whitepaper on select SIEM use cases described in depth with rules and reports [using now-defunct SIEM product]; also see this SIEM use case in depth and this for a more current list of popular SIEM use cases as well as this new post. [111 pageviews]
  4. “SIEM Resourcing or How Much the Friggin’ Thing Would REALLY Cost Me?” is a quick framework for assessing the SIEM project (well, a program, really) costs at an organization (much more details on this here in this paper). [108 pageviews]
  5. My classic PCI DSS Log Review series is always popular! The series of 18 posts cover a comprehensive log review approach (OK for PCI DSS 3.1 as well), useful for building log review processes and procedures , whether regulatory or not. It is also described in more detail in our Log Management book and mentioned in our PCI book (just out in its 4th edition!) [94+ pageviews to the main tag of total 4584 pageviews to all blog pages]
In addition, I’d like to draw your attention to a few recent posts from my Gartner blog
 
Current research on SIEM:
Recent research on VA tools and VM practices:
Recent maverick research on AI/smart machines risks:
Miscellaneous fun posts:

(see all my published Gartner research here)
Also see my past monthly and annual “Top Popular Blog Posts” – 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014.
Disclaimer: most content at SecurityWarrior blog was written before I joined Gartner on Aug 1, 2011 and is solely my personal view at the time of writing. For my current security blogging, go here.

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Thursday, October 01, 2015

Monthly Blog Round-Up – September 2015

Here is my next monthly "Security Warrior" blog round-up of top 5 popular posts/topics this month:
  1. Why No Open Source SIEM, EVER?” contains some of my SIEM thinking from 2009. Is it relevant now? Well, you be the judge.  Current popularity of open source log search tools, BTW, does not break the logic of that post. Succeeding with SIEM requires a lot of work, whether you paid for the software, or not. That – and developing a SIEM is much harder than most people think. BTW, this post has an amazing “staying power” that is hard to explain – I suspect it has to do with people wanting “free stuff” …  [217 pageviews]
  2. “SIEM Resourcing or How Much the Friggin’ Thing Would REALLY Cost Me?” is a quick framework for assessing the SIEM project (well, a program, really) costs at an organization (much more details on this here in this paper). [124 pageviews]
  3. “New SIEM Whitepaper on Use Cases In-Depth OUT!” (dated 2010) presents a whitepaper on select SIEM use cases described in depth with rules and reports [using now-defunct SIEM product]; also see this SIEM use case in depth and this for a more current list of popular SIEM use cases. [99 pageviews]
  4. My classic PCI DSS Log Review series is always popular! The series of 18 posts cover a comprehensive log review approach (OK for PCI DSS 3.1 as well), useful for building log review processes and procedures , whether regulatory or not. It is also described in more detail in our Log Management book and mentioned in our PCI book (just out in its 4th edition!) [98+ pageviews to the main tag]
  5. Simple Log Review Checklist Released!” is often at the top of this list – the checklist is still a very useful tool for many people. “On Free Log Management Tools” is a companion to the checklist (updated version) [95 pageviews of total 4354 pageviews to all blog pages]
In addition, I’d like to draw your attention to a few recent posts from my Gartner blog:
 
Current research on VA tools and VM practices:
Recent maverick research on AI/smart machines risks:
Miscellaneous fun posts:

(see all my published Gartner research here)
Also see my past monthly and annual “Top Popular Blog Posts” – 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014.
Disclaimer: most content at SecurityWarrior blog was written before I joined Gartner on Aug 1, 2011 and is solely my personal view at the time of writing. For my current security blogging, go here.

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Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Monthly Blog Round-Up – August 2015

Here is my next monthly "Security Warrior" blog round-up of top 5 popular posts/topics this month:
  1. Why No Open Source SIEM, EVER?” contains some of my SIEM thinking from 2009. Is it relevant now? Well, you be the judge.  Current popularity of open source log search tools, BTW, does not break the logic of that post. Succeeding with SIEM requires a lot of work, whether you paid for the software, or not. That – and developing a SIEM is much harder than most people think  [274 pageviews]
  2. Simple Log Review Checklist Released!” is often at the top of this list – the checklist is still a very useful tool for many people. “On Free Log Management Tools” is a companion to the checklist (updated version) [101 pageviews]
  3. My classic PCI DSS Log Review series is always popular! The series of 18 posts cover a comprehensive log review approach (OK for PCI DSS 3.1 as well), useful for building log review processes and procedures , whether regulatory or not. It is also described in more detail in our Log Management book and mentioned in our PCI book (just out in its 4th edition!) [95+ pageviews to the main tag]
  4. “SIEM Resourcing or How Much the Friggin’ Thing Would REALLY Cost Me?” is a quick framework for assessing the SIEM project (well, a program, really) costs at an organization (much more details on this here in this paper). [94 pageviews]
  5. Top 10 Criteria for a SIEM?” came from one of my last projects I did when running my SIEM consulting firm in 2009-2011 (for my recent work on evaluating SIEM, see this document [2015 update]) [74 pageviews out of a total of 4157 views]
In addition, I’d like to draw your attention to a few recent posts from my Gartner blog:
Current research on VA tools and VM practices:
Current maverick research on AI/smart machines risks:
Past research on cloud security monitoring:
Miscellaneous fun posts:

(see all my published Gartner research here)
Also see my past monthly and annual “Top Popular Blog Posts” – 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014.
Disclaimer: most content at SecurityWarrior blog was written before I joined Gartner on Aug 1, 2011 and is solely my personal view at the time of writing. For my current security blogging, go here.

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Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Your SOC Nuclear Triad [BACKUP FROM DEAD GARTNER BLOG]

 Let’s talk modern SOC tools. The analogy I’d like to use is that of a “Nuclear Triad” – a key cold war concept. The triad consisted of strategic bombers, ICBMs and missile submarines (strictly speaking, submarine missiles – SLBMs) and sought to “significantly reduce the possibility that an enemy could destroy all of a nation’s nuclear forces in a first-strike attack.”

b-52 https://flic.kr/p/kXwSiYICBM https://flic.kr/p/cboYVNsub https://flic.kr/p/bbGz7Z

Your SOC should have its own nuclear triad of visibility:

  1. SIEM – if I need to explains this, please read something else instead 🙂
  2. Network Forensics (NFT) – tools that can capture all network traffic (full packet capture), extract metadata (including application layer, L7 metadata such as HTTP user-agent, DNS query response, FTP username, email subject, etc) and payloads, retain some raw traffic and metadata, enable searching and analysis. There are several commercial tools, and then there are moloch and OpenSOCBro sort of fits in as well. [See more details here and in this GTP document]
  3. Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR, formerly ETDR) – typically agent-based tools to capture execution, local connections, system changes, memory activities, etc. There are a lot (A LOT!) of commercial tools, and then there are GRRMIG (update: not really MozDef, as I mentioned in the previous version)  as osquery, sort of. [See more details here and in this GTP document]

Similar to the above, your “SOC triad” seeks to significantly reduce the chance that the attacker will operate on your network long enough to accomplish their goals.

Of course, your SOC will make use of other tools and capabilities, such as threat intelligence (TI) data, malware sandboxes and reversing tools [to push the above analogy a tad too far, maybe this is like a suitcase nuke? Very much an auxiliary weapon, but also very cool? :-)] as well as some workflow system to organize all your work [strategic forces undeground command center?]. However, I always think of SIEM + NFT + EDR as “SOC nuclear triad” of visibility!

There you have it! Enjoy!

Monday, August 03, 2015

Monthly Blog Round-Up – July 2015

Here is my next monthly "Security Warrior" blog round-up of top 5 popular posts/topics this month:
  1. Why No Open Source SIEM, EVER?” contains some of my SIEM thinking from 2009. Is it relevant now? Well, you be the judge.  Current popularity of open source log search tools, BTW, does not break the logic of that post. Succeeding with SIEM requires a lot of work, whether you paid for the software, or not. That – and developing a SIEM is much harder than most people think  [291 pageviews]
  2. Top 10 Criteria for a SIEM?” came from one of my last projects I did when running my SIEM consulting firm in 2009-2011 (for my recent work on evaluating SIEM, see this document) [133 pageviews]
  3. My classic PCI DSS Log Review series is always popular! The series of 18 posts cover a comprehensive log review approach (OK for PCI DSS 3.0 as well), useful for building log review processes and procedures , whether regulatory or not. It is also described in more detail in our Log Management book and mentioned in our PCI book (just out in its 4th edition!) [120+ pageviews to the main tag]
  4. Simple Log Review Checklist Released!” is often at the top of this list – the checklist is still a very useful tool for many people. “On Free Log Management Tools” is a companion to the checklist (updated version) [114 pageviews]
  5. “New SIEM Whitepaper on Use Cases In-Depth OUT!” (dated 2010) presents a whitepaper on select SIEM use cases described in depth with rules and reports [using now-defunct SIEM product]; also see this SIEM use case in depth and this for a more current list of popular SIEM use cases. [62 pageviews of total 4862 pageviews to all blog pages]
In addition, I’d like to draw your attention to a few recent posts from my Gartner blog:

Current maverick research on AI/smart machines risks:
Past research on cloud security monitoring:
Past research on security analytics:
Miscellaneous fun posts:

(see all my published Gartner research here)
Also see my past monthly and annual “Top Popular Blog Posts” – 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014.
Disclaimer: most content at SecurityWarrior blog was written before I joined Gartner on Aug 1, 2011 and is solely my personal view at the time of writing. For my current security blogging, go here.

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Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Monthly Blog Round-Up – June 2015

Here is my next monthly "Security Warrior" blog round-up of top 5 popular posts/topics this month:
  1. Why No Open Source SIEM, EVER?” contains some of my SIEM thinking from 2009. Is it relevant now? Well, you be the judge.  Current popularity of open source log search tools, BTW, does not break the logic of that post. Succeeding with SIEM requires a lot of work, whether you paid for the software, or not. That – and developing a SIEM is much harder than most people think  [278 pageviews]
  2. Top 10 Criteria for a SIEM?” came from one of my last projects I did when running my SIEM consulting firm in 2009-2011 (for my recent work on evaluating SIEM, see this document) [198 pageviews]
  3. Simple Log Review Checklist Released!” is often at the top of this list – the checklist is still a very useful tool for many people. “On Free Log Management Tools” is a companion to the checklist (updated version) [114 pageviews]
  4. My classic PCI DSS Log Review series is always popular! The series of 18 posts cover a comprehensive log review approach (OK for PCI DSS 3.0 as well), useful for building log review processes and procedures , whether regulatory or not. It is also described in more detail in our Log Management book and mentioned in our PCI book (just out in its 4th edition!) [100+ pageviews to the main tag]
  5. On Choosing SIEM” is about the least wrong way of choosing a SIEM tool – as well as why the right way is so unpopular. [60 pageviews out of a total of 4941 pageviews to all blog pages]
In addition, I’d like to draw your attention to a few recent posts from my Gartner blog:

Current research on cloud security monitoring:
Past research on security analytics:
Miscellaneous fun posts:

(see all my published Gartner research here)
Also see my past monthly and annual “Top Popular Blog Posts” – 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014.
Disclaimer: most content at SecurityWarrior blog was written before I joined Gartner on Aug 1, 2011 and is solely my personal view at the time of writing. For my current security blogging, go here.

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Monday, June 01, 2015

Monthly Blog Round-Up – May 2015

Here is my next monthly "Security Warrior" blog round-up of top 5 popular posts/topics this month:
  1. Why No Open Source SIEM, EVER?” contains some of my SIEM thinking from 2009. Is it relevant now? Well, you be the judge.  Current emergence of open source log search tools, BTW, does not break the logic of that post. SIEM requires a lot of work, whether you paid for the software, or not. [179 pageviews]
  2. Simple Log Review Checklist Released!” is often at the top of this list – the checklist is still a very useful tool for many people. “On Free Log Management Tools” is a companion to the checklist (updated version) [136 pageviews]
  3. Top 10 Criteria for a SIEM?” came from one of my last projects I did when running my SIEM consulting firm in 2009-2011 (for my recent work on evaluating SIEM, see this document) [94 pageviews]
  4. My classic PCI DSS Log Review series is always popular! The series of 18 posts cover a comprehensive log review approach (OK for PCI DSS 3.0 as well), useful for building log review processes and procedures , whether regulatory or not. It is also described in more detail in our Log Management book and mentioned in our PCI book (just out in its 4th edition!) [80+ pageviews to the main tag]
  5. “New SIEM Whitepaper on Use Cases In-Depth OUT!” (dated 2010) presents a whitepaper on select SIEM use cases described in depth with rules and reports [using now-defunct SIEM product]; also see this SIEM use case in depth and this for a more current list of popular SIEM use cases. [55 pageviews of total 4310 pageviews to all blog pages]
In addition, I’d like to draw your attention to a few recent posts from my Gartner blog:

Current research on cloud security monitoring:
Past research on security analytics:
Miscellaneous fun posts:

(see all my published Gartner research here)
Also see my past monthly and annual “Top Popular Blog Posts” – 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014.
Disclaimer: most content at SecurityWarrior blog was written before I joined Gartner on Aug 1, 2011 and is solely my personal view at the time of writing. For my current security blogging, go here.
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Friday, May 01, 2015

Monthly Blog Round-Up – April 2015

Here is my next monthly "Security Warrior" blog round-up of top 5 popular posts/topics this month:
  1. Why No Open Source SIEM, EVER?” contains some of my SIEM thinking from 2009. Is it relevant now? Well, you be the judge.  Current emergence of open source log search tools, BTW, does not break the logic of that post. SIEM requires a lot of work, whether you paid for the software, or not. [282 pageviews]
  2. Simple Log Review Checklist Released!” is often at the top of this list – the checklist is still a very useful tool for many people. “On Free Log Management Tools” is a companion to the checklist (updated version) [116 pageviews]
  3. Top 10 Criteria for a SIEM?” came from one of my last projects I did when running my SIEM consulting firm in 2009-2011 (for my recent work on evaluating SIEM, see this document) [114 pageviews]
  4. My classic PCI DSS Log Review series is always popular! The series of 18 posts cover a comprehensive log review approach (OK for PCI DSS 3.0 as well), useful for building log review processes and procedures , whether regulatory or not. It is also described in more detail in our Log Management book and mentioned in our PCI book (just out in its 4th edition!) [100+ pageviews to the main tag]
  5. “New SIEM Whitepaper on Use Cases In-Depth OUT!” (dated 2010) presents a whitepaper on select SIEM use cases described in depth with rules and reports [using now-defunct SIEM product]; also see this SIEM use case in depth and this for a more current list of popular SIEM use cases. [92 pageviews of total 5079 pageviews to all blog pages]
In addition, I’d like to draw your attention to a few recent posts from my Gartner blog:

Current research on security analytics:
Miscellaneous fun posts:
(see all my published Gartner research here)
Also see my past monthly and annual “Top Popular Blog Posts” – 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014.
Disclaimer: most content at SecurityWarrior blog was written before I joined Gartner on Aug 1, 2011 and is solely my personal view at the time of writing. For my current security blogging, go here.
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Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Monthly Blog Round-Up – March 2015

Here is my next monthly "Security Warrior" blog round-up of top 5 popular posts/topics this month:
  1. Why No Open Source SIEM, EVER?” contains some of my SIEM thinking from 2009. Is it relevant now? Well, you be the judge.  Current emergence of open source log search tools, BTW, does not break the logic of that post. SIEM requires a lot of work, whether you paid for the software, or not. [326 pageviews]
  2. Simple Log Review Checklist Released!” is often at the top of this list – the checklist is still a very useful tool for many people. “On Free Log Management Tools” is a companion to the checklist (updated version[126 pageviews]
  3. Top 10 Criteria for a SIEM?” came from one of my last projects I did when running my SIEM consulting firm in 2009-2011 (for my recent work on evaluating SIEM, see this document[111 pageviews]
  4. My classic PCI DSS Log Review series is always popular! The series of 18 posts cover a comprehensive log review approach (OK for PCI DSS 3.0 as well), useful for building log review processes and procedures , whether regulatory or not. It is also described in more detail in our Log Management book and mentioned in our PCI book (just out in its 4th edition![100+ pageviews to the main tag]
  5. “New SIEM Whitepaper on Use Cases In-Depth OUT!” (dated 2010) presents a whitepaper on select SIEM use cases described in depth with rules and reports [using now-defunct SIEM product]; also see this SIEM use case in depth and this for a more current list of popular SIEM use cases. [82 pageviews of total 4888 pageviews to all blog pages]
In addition, I’d like to draw your attention to a few recent posts from my Gartner blog:

Current research on security analytics:
Miscellaneous fun posts:
(see all my published Gartner research here)
Also see my past monthly and annual “Top Popular Blog Posts” – 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014.
Disclaimer: most content at SecurityWarrior blog was written before I joined Gartner on Aug 1, 2011 and is solely my personal view at the time of writing. For my current security blogging, go here.
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Monday, March 02, 2015

Monthly Blog Round-Up – February 2015

Here is my next monthly "Security Warrior" blog round-up of top 5 popular posts/topics this month:
  1. Why No Open Source SIEM, EVER?” contains some of my SIEM thinking from 2009. Is it relevant now? Well, you be the judge.  Current emergence of open source log search tools, BTW, does not break the logic of that post. SIEM requires a lot of work, whether you paid for the software, or not.
  2. Simple Log Review Checklist Released!” is often at the top of this list – the checklist is still a very useful tool for many people. “On Free Log Management Tools” is a companion to the checklist (updated version)
  3. Top 10 Criteria for a SIEM?” came from one of my last projects I did when running my SIEM consulting firm in 2009-2011 (for my recent work on evaluating SIEM, see this document)
  4. My classic PCI DSS Log Review series is always popular! The series of 18 posts cover a comprehensive log review approach (OK for PCI DSS 3.0 as well), useful for building log review processes and procedures , whether regulatory or not. It is also described in more detail in our Log Management book and mentioned in our PCI book (just out in its 4th edition!)
  5. “New SIEM Whitepaper on Use Cases In-Depth OUT!” (dated 2010) presents a whitepaper on select SIEM use cases described in depth with rules and reports [using now-defunct SIEM product]; also see this SIEM use case in depth and this for a more current list of popular SIEM use cases.
In addition, I’d like to draw your attention to a few recent posts from my Gartner blog:

Current research on security analytics:
Miscellaneous fun posts:

(see all my published Gartner research here)

Also see my past monthly and annual “Top Popular Blog Posts” – 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014.
Disclaimer: most content at SecurityWarrior blog was written before I joined Gartner on Aug 1, 2011 and is solely my personal view at the time of writing. For my current security blogging, go here.
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Monday, February 02, 2015

Monthly Blog Round-Up – January 2015

Here is my next monthly "Security Warrior" blog round-up of top 5 popular posts/topics this month:
  1. Why No Open Source SIEM, EVER?” contains some of my SIEM thinking from 2009. Is it relevant now? Well, you be the judge.  Current emergence of open source log search tools, BTW, does not break the logic of that post.
  2. Simple Log Review Checklist Released!” is often at the top of this list – the checklist is still a very useful tool for many people. “On Free Log Management Tools” is a companion to the checklist (updated version)
  3. Top 10 Criteria for a SIEM?” came from one of my last projects I did when running my SIEM consulting firm in 2009-2011 (for my recent work on evaluating SIEM, see this document)
  4. “New SIEM Whitepaper on Use Cases In-Depth OUT!” (dated 2010) presents a whitepaper on select SIEM use cases described in depth with rules and reports [using now-defunct SIEM product]; also see this SIEM use case in depth and this for a more current list of popular SIEM use cases.
  5. My classic PCI DSS Log Review series is always popular! The series of 18 posts cover a comprehensive log review approach (OK for PCI DSS 3.0 as well), useful for building log review processes and procedures , whether regulatory or not. It is also described in more detail in our Log Management book and mentioned in our PCI book (just out in its 4th edition!)
In addition, I’d like to draw your attention to a few recent posts from my Gartner blog:

Current research on security analytics:
Past research on MSSP:
Miscellaneous fun posts:
(see all my published Gartner research here)
Also see my past monthly and annual “Top Popular Blog Posts” – 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014.
Disclaimer: most content at SecurityWarrior blog was written before I joined Gartner on Aug 1, 2011 and is solely my personal view at the time of writing. For my current security blogging, go here.
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