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Visual Analytics Workshop - Link Collection Part IV - Log Management and SIEM

NEWS UPDATE! Next Visual Analytics Workshop to be held at BlackHat US in August. Join!

This is the Labor Day issue of the link collection series. The third module of the Visual Analytics Workshop is about Log Management and SIEM.

Looking for the previous list of links for the workshop?

- Introductionary Links
- Data Sources
- Data Processing

Wanna know more about the visualization workshop? Email me or visit

Stay tuned for the next link collection which will be on big data!

Gephi and afterglow of IPv4 LAN traffic

Gephi and afterglow of IPv4 LAN traffic

only a portion of the data was given to Gephi

LAN Traffic - Gephi

LAN Traffic - Gephi

LAN Traffic as seen from a workstation visualized using afterglow and Gephi. To get GDF format file for Gephi use the -k parameter with Afterglow. Thanks Raffy.

IPV6 multicast DNS Traffic

IPV6 multicast DNS Traffic

I guess tcpdump version 4.6.1 is not compatible with hence I got only IPV6 traffic parsed to afterglow.

Visual Analytics Workshop - Link Collection Part III - Data Processing

NEWS UPDATE! Next Visual Analytics Workshop to be held at BlackHat US in August. Join!

Here is part three of the link collection series. The second module of the Visual Analytics Workshop is about Log Data Processing.

Apart from knowing your sed and awk, you want to know these two tools:

- CSVKit - SQL on CSV files anyone?
- LogParser for those of you who use Windows.

And then the rest of the links from this section:

- CommandlineFu
- Regex Lib
- Regular Expressio Information
- Regex One
- RegExr
- Geo Lookup On The Commandline
- Log Analysis Scripts

- LogParser Studio

Advanced PCAP Analysis

- httpry
- dnstop
- Emerging Threats
- HoneySnap

Looking for the previous list of links for the workshop?

- Introductionary Links
- Data Sources

Wanna know more about the visualization workshop? Email me or visit



A view of IPV4 LAN traffic as seen from one of the servers made with tcpdump and pcap using afterglow

Visual Analytics Workshop - Link Collection Part II - Data Sources

NEWS UPDATE! Next Visual Analytics Workshop to be held at BlackHat US in August. Join!

The first module of the Visual Analytics Workshop is about Data Sources.

As a foundation for later visualizations, we need to first understand what the data means. Following are the links of tools and additional material we are going through: (Note that the links might not cover all of the tools in this module. They are merely all the links that show up on the slides.)

Find the previous list of links at the first link collection post.

Wanna know more about the visualization workshop? Email me or visit

Visual Analytics Workshop - Link Collection

NEWS UPDATE! Next Visual Analytics Workshop to be held at BlackHat US in August. Join!

During my Visual Analytics Workshop I mention a ton of tools, Web sites, and projects. Students attending the class get a list of all the links to these items in a summary file.

I decided that the list of links would be something useful for everyone to look at. Over the next few weeks I will be posting all the links on here.

Today we start with a few links of my previous work and the links of the workshop introduction slides:

Raffael Marty:
- Heatmaps - Why is Security Visualization So Hard?
- Cyber Security - How Visual Analytics Unlock Insight
- VizSec 2012 Keynote
- All the Data That's Fit to Visualize
- Security Visualization - Learning From The New York Times
- Mining Your Logs - Gaining Insight Through Visualization
- Application Logging Guidelines
- Visualization Workshops
- PixlCloud

- Binary Visualization Tool (VizBin)
- BinVis
- BinVis Discussion
- Cantor Dust
- Vera
- Periodic Table of Visualizations
- Minard
- Hans Rosling and Gapminder
- Hans Rosling TED talk
- MYO Interface
- Microsoft Kinect
- Leap Motion
- Make It So

Wanna know more about the workshop? Email me.

VizSec 2014 [Deadline Extended]

### VizSec deadline EXTENDED by 1 week! See for new schedule. ###

The 11th Visualization for Cyber Security (VizSec) is a forum that brings together researchers and practitioners from academia, government, and industry to address the needs of the cyber security community through new and insightful visualization and analysis techniques. VizSec provides an excellent venue for fostering greater exchange and new collaborations on a broad range of security- and privacy-related topics. VizSec will be held in Paris, France on November 10, 2014 in conjunction with IEEE VIS.

Important research problems often lie at the intersection of disparate domains. Our focus is to explore effective, scalable visual interfaces for security domains, where visualization may provide a distinct benefit, including computer forensics, reverse engineering, insider threat detection, cryptography, privacy, preventing user assisted attacks, compliance management, wireless security, secure coding, and penetration testing in addition to traditional network security. Human time and attention are precious resources. We are particularly interested in visualization and interaction techniques that effectively capture the insights of human analysts so that further processing may be handled by machines, freeing analysts for other tasks. For example, a malware analyst might use a visualization system to analyze a new piece of malicious software that facilitates generating a signature for future machine processing. When appropriate, research that incorporates multiple data sources, such as network packet captures, firewall rule sets and logs, DNS logs, web server logs, and/or intrusion detection system logs, is particularly desirable.

Full papers describing novel contributions in security visualization are solicited. Papers may present techniques, applications, practical experience, theory, analysis, or experiments and evaluations.

Update: Poster are also solicited. Posters may showcase late-breaking results, work in progress, preliminary results, or visual representations relevant to the VizSec community.

More information can be found here.

Visual Analytics Workshop Is Back at BlackHat 2014


BlackHat 2014 - Las Vegas

The Most Popular Visualization Workshop is Back!
Dates: AUGUST 2,3 & 4,5
Location: Las Vegas, USA



Big data and security intelligence are the two hot topics in security for 2014. We are collecting more and more information from both the infrastructure, but increasingly also directly from our applications. This vast amount of data gets increasingly hard to understand. Terms like map reduce, hadoop, mongodb, etc. are part of many discussions. But what are those technologies? And what do they have to do with security intelligence? We will see that none of these technologies are sufficient in our quest to defend our networks and information. Data visualization is the only approach that scales to the ever changing threat landscape and infrastructure configurations. Using big data data visualization techniques, you can gain a far deeper understanding of what's happening on your network right now. You can uncover hidden patterns of data, identify emerging vulnerabilities and attacks, and respond decisively with countermeasures that are far more likely to succeed than conventional methods. The attendees will learn about log analysis, big data, information visualization, data sources for IT security, and learn how to generate visual representations of IT data. The training is filled with hands-on exercises utilizing the yet to be released DAVIX 2014 live CD.

Here is what students said about the BlackHat 2013 workshop:

"Very good course. The trainer really knows the subject matter and has an incredible delivery of the material."

"Raffy obviously put a lot of time and effort into preparing for this course. Having already read the book, I expected a lot of the material to be a re-hash of what I already saw in the book. I was surprised at how much new material there was to get out of it. Looking forward to applying a lot of these concepts in the real world."

"Raffael did a great job! He knows and understands the subject matter extremely well. I highly recommend this course and instructor."

"One of the best trainings I have ever taken!"


Log Analysis

  • Data sources
  • Data Analysis and Visualization Linux (DAVIX)
  • Log data processing

Log Management and SIEM

  • Log management and SIEM overview
  • Application logging guidelines
  • Logging as a service
  • Big data - Hadoop, Lucene, ElasticSearch


  • Information visualization history
  • Visualization theory
  • Data visualization tools and libraries
  • Visualization resources

Security Visualization

  • Perimeter threat use-cases
  • Network flow data
  • Firewall data
  • IDS/IPS data
  • Proxy data
  • User activity
  • Host-based data analysis

Sample of Tools and Techniques

Tools to gather data:

  • tcpdump and wireshark to analyze packet captures
  • argus, nfdump, nfsen, and silk to process traffic flows
  • snort, bro, suricata as intrusion detection systems
  • p0f, npad for passive network analysis
  • iptables, pf, pix as examples of firewalls

We are also using a number of visualization tools to analyze example data in the labs:

  • graphviz, tulip, cytoscape, and gephi
  • afterglow
  • treemap
  • mondrian, ggobi

Under the log management section, we are going to discuss:

  • rsyslog, syslog-ng, nxlog
  • logstash, graylog
  • commercial log management and SIEM solutions

The section on big data is covering the following:

  • hadoop (HDFS, map-reduce, HBase, Hive, Impala, Zookeper)
  • search engines like: elastic search, Solr
  • key-value stores like MongoDB, Cassandra, etc.
  • OLAP and OLTP



Raffael Marty is one of the world’s most recognized authorities on security data analytics. Raffy is the founder and CEO of pixlcloud, the next generation data visualization platform for big data. With a track record at companies including IBM Research and ArcSight, he is thoroughly familiar with established practices and emerging trends in data analytics. He has served as Chief Security Strategist with Splunk and was a co-founder of Loggly, a cloud-based log management solution. Author of 'Applied Security Visualization' and frequent speaker at academic and industry events, Raffy is a leading thinker and advocate of visualization for unlocking insights into data. For more than 14 years, Raffy has lived in the security and log management space to help Fortune 500 companies defend themselves against sophisticated adversaries and train organizations around the world in the art of data visualization for security. Practicing zen has become an important part of Raffy's life.