Corelight Sensors extract over 400 data elements from network traffic in real time, with open-source Bro - using a format that was chosen by incident responders, for incident responders. When your team can work faster, the network is safer.
Bro’s exceptional data and flexible scripting language have inspired security and operations teams around the world to find creative applications for the open-source platform. Here are just a few examples:
Assessing the scope of a malware attack
Pivot off a malware hash in Bro’s files.log to immediately see all other hosts in an environment that have downloaded the malicious file and then prioritize additional incident response work such as agent deployment.
Locating PCAP files for an investigation
Use Bro’s network logs and timestamps to quickly locate the relevant portions of PCAP files needed to verify conclusions.
Verifying containment and remediation
Use Bro’s network logs for conducting post-breach monitoring to look for the recurrence of malware beaconing.
Use Bro’s continuous logging across protocols to establish the "ground truth" of what happened historically, minimizing both legal expenses and the scope of disclosure.
Detecting hidden C2 server communications
Uncover live C2 communications via Bro’s dpd.log when an attacker attempts to disguise their C2 traffic in a purported SSL connection.
Lateral movement detection
Stream Bro logs to the Real Intelligence Threat Analytics (RITA) tool, to create a daily report of potential beaconing activity for investigation by threat hunters.
Detecting off-port protocol usage
Use Bro’s deep protocol parsing capabilities to identify network services, such as HTTP or DNS, running on non-standard ports.
Fingerprinting connections for fraud detection
Create custom Bro logs to fingerprint connections and identify issues like API fraud and account takeovers.
Investigating unauthorized SMB file access
Use Bro’s SMB logs as a source of evidence to document end user access to a sensitive SMB file share without authorization.
Enhancing DNS visibility
Use Bro’s dns.log—which contains both queries and responses—to access forensic information server logs can’t provide, due to a lack of detail.
Identifying vulnerable software
Use Bro’s software.log to identify outdated or vulnerable software, such as Java or Flash, running in an environment.
Flagging Cyrillic keyboard usage
Monitor Bro’s rdp.log to identify the use of Russian character set keyboards in an environment, which could signal unusual behavior.
Verifying that sensitive connections use strong encryption
Verify via Bro’s ssl.log that all TLS sessions for sensitive connections use appropriately strong ciphers, and prompt security ops staff to take remedial action if less secure ciphers are detected.
Creating inventories of connected devices
Inventory network-connected devices and their services without needing to install host agents, and use Bro’s software.log to monitor BYO software used by employees.
Monitoring risky SSL certificates
Monitor self-signed and expired, or soon-to-expire, certificates via Bro’s ssl.log.
Troubleshooting a load balancer issue
Diagnose a load balancer performance problem that is difficult or impossible to replicate in a lab environment via evidence gathered from Bro’s network logs and end finger pointing between security and network operations teams.