RSA: Chris Blask, VP Marketing at AlienVault

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

AlienVault makes the open source SIEM (Security Information and Event Management) tool "OSSIM" and supplies commercial versions to government, enterprise, MSSP and SCADA customers worldwide.

AlienVault has more production users of its products than all other SIEM vendors combined. 



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Chris Blask has been involved in the information security industry for twenty years. Mr. Blask invented one of the first commercial firewall products, the BorderWare Firewall Server. He went on to create a multi-billion dollar business running Cisco System's firewall product lines. With several Cisco colleagues, Mr. Blask started Protego Networks, an early SIEM vendor which was later acquired by Cisco. To serve the security needs of the Control Systems industry Mr. Blask founded Lofty Perch, today a recognized center of expertise in the segment, and he remains involved with Critical Infrastructure Cyber Security efforts. Over the years he has worked with certification laboratories to develop testing regimes, chaired industry groups, consulted with public and private entities and provided strategic advice to several leading SIEM vendors.

In 2010, Mr. Blask authored the first book on SIEM, "Security Information and Event Management Implementation", published by McGraw Hill. Today he is Vice President of Marketing at AlienVault, the producer of the world's most popular SIEM technology, and is on faculty at the Institute for Applied Network Security (IANS). 

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Bill Blask Chris's prediction of 2011 as the age of the MSSP rings true. Yet another element of the tipping point that may allow historians to deservedly put the "Age of Information" in caps, and from which - barring an unthinkable cataclysm - there is truly no return.
Chris Blask You see? That's where I get it from.

Thanks, Dad. ;~)

It is an interesting curve, though. Looking at the progress of this communications system over the long term from perhaps 30 years ago to a point perhaps the same distance forward, certain things become obvious. Among them being the fact that not every ceramic mug manufacturer and regional power generation company is going to have their own 7x24 information security team. The MSSP market as it stands today is a collection of providers with customers ranging at most into the hundreds, serving an almost immeasurably small percentage of organizations in total. To date, the cost and complexity of building comprehensive offerings has made only the more simple services availabl, at prices that are beyond the reach of most businesses. To fit the shape of the curve which moves that very small percentage to a very large majority over even a span of ten or twenty years, significant changes in that model are dictated to happen about now.

SIEM as a concept has always been an umbrella management layer under which all other security components can operate. With the maturity of products in this market providing more stable platforms a great deal of expense and effort can be eliminated in the MSSP SOC. The natural evolution is to start making the component technologies simpler to plug in, and then building them in. Most of the more popular SIEM vendors have gone some way down that path. As these solutions have become developed enough to be managed by a broader enterprise demographic it is natural that existing and startup MSSPs would adopt them as service platforms.

The information systems we are going to build over the next few decades demand that we deal with our part faster smarter better cheaper and I have yet to see any indication that we will not.