comment on SIEM use cases : to finetune

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Refer to attached:
need to clarify on the red-text items in the excel :
what are the usual industry-practice settings like
whether "occurs 10 times/minute" : is this the usual
setting or hackers usually will attempt 5 times/0.5min?

From our network IPS logs, have seen variations in
attempts (by blacklisted source IP addrs) in making
3-10 attemps over various time horizons.

Appreciate any comments/inputs on the red-text
items in the attached use cases which we're going
to adopt to finetune our SIEM/SOC
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nociSoftware Engineer
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There might easily be longer intervals, this would be to avoid detection, but will take longer to achieve results.
I see SSH password guess attempts to have one attempt / hour.  (probably hunting for specific known accounts with known values).

So don't count on the right value...


So what's the recommended settings/values?
nociSoftware Engineer
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TBH Honest i doubt there is a "best" setting.... It depends on what your Auditors want to see. If you need to fee the auditors then you need to analyze your threats and setup rules to take those threats into account. I have no blanket  recommendation, maybe others have?
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You need to investigate all threats... The surface you expose to attack and first minimize that exposure.
You need procedures for maintenance & incident followup.
Then you can start sampling attempts etc. and analyze.
And then adjust all of the above to accomodate for observed issues.

And you may very well not notice something because attackers also try to stay low. (some of them ... others just try in bulk).
nociSoftware Engineer
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From that you maybe find this a useful reference:

Lynis from   might give some insight.
Lynis is a tool that tries to assess the state of a system and hold some common knowledge or best practices benchmarks.
(although they might be burried in code).

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