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February 2002

How network forensics analysis tools turn admins into detectives

Surgeon Michael Nusbaum knows a thing or two about hacking. Many years after reaching the "mandatory retirement age of 13" as a computer hacker, he commands the infosec defenses as COO at Hamilton Scientific Ltd., an ASP that provides Web-based medical software. Atop Hamilton's multilayered defense system sits one of a new class of network forensics analysis tools (NFATs): Niksun's NetDetector. These products -- which also include SilentRunner and Sandstorm's NetIntercept -- combine robust network traffic capture with sophisticated analysis and forensics capabilities. Before he would take Hamilton Scientific live on the Internet, Dr. Nusbaum searched for a product that monitored network traffic flow and had the forensics capabilities to enable his IT staff to trace back to any machines that attempt to log in or access its systems. That kind of information arms him to counter possible threats to the sensitive medical records databases accessed by physicians and administrators. "You have to be able to adjust your defense ...

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