|[August 05, 2014]
OpenDNS Open Sources 3D Security Visualization Engine for Big Data
LAS VEGAS --(Business Wire)--
OpenDNS, a leading provider of
cloud-delivered security, today announced that it has released
OpenGraphiti, an interactive open source data visualization engine.
OpenGraphiti enables security analysts, researchers and data scientists
to pair visualization and Big Data to create 3D representations of
threats. Much like virologists use known patterns of diseases to
recognize a particular virus, OpenGraphiti can uncover sophisticated
behaviors and relationships associated with cyber-attacks.
OpenDNS will demonstrate OpenGraphiti at Black Hat USA booth 964. In
addition, OpenGraphiti's creator, OpenDNS security researcher Thibault
Reuille, and OpenDNS senior security research lead Andrew Hay, will
present a session
on the engine here today at 2:15PM PST in the Jasmine Ballroom.
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Seeing is Better than Reading
Research has proven that many people process information more
efficiently when it is presented in visual rather than text form.
According to one study,
the human retina can transmit data at roughly the rate of an Ethernet
connection. The OpenGraphiti engine enables 2D and 3D visualization of
data by harnessing the computational power of both CPUs and GPUs,
a technique most commonly seen in the videogame industry. The engine
allows for the visualization of any data, however loosely related, in a
medium that is easy to generate, navigate and articulate.
The OpenGraphiti engine and methodologies have been used by OpenDNS to
analyze many threats including Cryptolocker and CryptoDefense
ransomware, Red October malware, and the Kelihos botnet. It has even
provided visualization to trace specific Syrian Electronic Army (SEA)
Cryptolocker Use Case
Last year, OpenDNS used OpenGraphiti to detect the Cryptolocker
ransomware and block it before it could affect customers. Cryptolocker
casts a vast, yet predictable, DGA "net" of domains which, when
visualized, show an immediately identifiable interconnected pattern.
Despite the fact the Cryptolocker DGAs changed and evolved, OpenGraphiti
was able to visually trace their underlying replication scheme, identify
future outbreaks and block them.
"We are open sourcing OpenGraphiti to lower the barrier to entry for
those looking to visualize complex related data sets," said Dan Hubbard,
CTO of OpenDNS. "Combining intelligent data mining techniques with smart
data visualization is the key to detecting and blocking complex attacks
before they can cause damage."
OpenGraphiti is available immediately from OpenDNS. Please visit www.opengraphiti.com
for more information.
OpenGraphiti Overview: http://www.opengraphiti.com/
OpenGraphiti Screenshot: http://www.opengraphiti.com/gallery/cryptolocker-bfs4.png
OpenGraphiti Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TE9qsYBu8MM
"OpenGraphiti projects complex data into a three-dimensional space,
enabling the user to quickly and easily spot patterns and anomalies in
- Jay Jacobs, Co-Author of Data-Driven Security: Analysis,
Visualization and Dashboards.
"It is hard to find tools that help visualize large datasets.
OpenGraphiti scales quite well and its open architecture allows users to
expand the engine with their own capabilities. We need more tools like
this that help users gain deeper insight into their data."
- Raffael Marty, CEO at Pixlcloud and author of Applied Security
OpenDNS is a leading provider of network security and DNS services,
enabling the world to connect to the Internet with confidence on any
device, anywhere, anytime. The Umbrella cloud-delivered network security
service blocks advanced attacks, as well as malware, botnets and
phishing threats regardless of port, protocol or application. Its
predictive intelligence uses machine learning to automate protection
against emergent threats before they can reach customers. OpenDNS
protects all devices globally without hardware to install or software to
maintain. For more information, please visit: www.opendns.com.
 Central Processing Unit
 Graphical Processing Unit
 Domain Generation Algorithms are used by malware to periodically
generate a large number of domain names that can be used as rendezvous
points with their controllers.
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