At this years Developer Tour in Latin America I was selected to speak in Argentina, which would be a great adventure for me. As I have never been on the southern hemisphere, I was really excited and honoured to go. After a very long flight from Amsterdam to Buenos Aires, almost 14 hours, I landed early morning in Buenos Aires, which was in winter time. For me a big switch as in the Netherlands it was around 35 *C when I left. But who's complaining.
Packed with my suitcase and my Oracle Management Cloud bible I entered Buenos Aires... what a city and what contrasts. Beautiful art and architecture but also a lot poverty.
I like the urban lifestyle so I found my way in Buenos Aires and visited some hotspots every tourst must see. If you ever plan to go, wear some good shoes because the streets are sometimes hard to walk on.
Nevertheless, I could breath the Southern American lifestyle while seeing the Tango live on the streets:
The conference day
The conference took place on my birthday, the 9th of aigust 2018 in the UADE, one of the many universities of Buenos Aires.
A 20 minutes walk from my hotel brought me there, and around 9:30 AM the conference was openend in the main Auditorium. My session was planned at 11:05 am, but die to some delay it began a bit later, so I followed some other sessions. Although the majority of the sessions were in Spanish, which isn't my stongest language, I could follow some of it, and was lucky that the slides were in English. As I was on the Analytics track I followed a session from Edelweiss Kammerman about Data Visialization with the Oracle Datawarehouse Cloud Service, and the Session before me from Diego Sanchez, also about the Management Cloud, regarding problem detection and analysis.
Security Analytics with the Oracle Management Cloud
As I was in the Analytics track I had to emphasize on the Analytics capabilities of the Oracle Management Cloud, where Machinelearning, Anomaly Detection and Data Visualization are important topics.
Machinelearning capabilities are essential for this solution; in OMC the following are used:
- Anomaly Detection
- See the abnomal symptoms. We're not interested in what's going ok, but in the exceptions
- Reduce tons of billions of data to a manageabe and understandable pattern. This requires high end technology analysis.
- Correlate as might seem different events to eachother to a common recognzed pattern. Such as link by a common attribute, an OrderID, a Personal ID and so on,
The battle against attacks is always lag behind
Let's face it; SOC's are having a hard time to defend against all kinds of hostile actions, which can be from the outside world, or inside by suspected fraude of employees. Some of the bad already happened when they come in action.
The Security Monitoring and Analystics of OMC can help them make life a bit easier by doing the following
- Intelligent monitor security events
- Investigate using Log Analytics
- Understand and interpret attackchains
- Automatically remediate to reduce exposure
- Continually harden systems in response to a threat or weakness
Now a well known pattern of attack is the Cyber Kill Chain where through some certain steps hostile parties can inflitrate into systems without anyone noticing. And don't think of the stereotypes of young guys or girls on their addic, trying to hack. No we think about highly sophisticated attacks, nitiated by machines and well organized groups of maybe governments or criminal organizations.
A typical SMA Dashboard Identifying attacks
Also when you lay a part of your IT in the cloud, you can easily integrate you Access Biroker or Identity Management Systems into The Oracle Management Cloud
The SMA Engine works with Machine Learning Models and Rules in order to detect any security thread, as I already explained in an earlier blog. But the fact that SMA worls closely together with the Log Analytics modue makes it a strong and well integrated solution for any enterprise to use in it's everlasting battle against attacks.
The closing Speakers, ACE and DevChamp dinner
As a traditiion the event was closed with a nice dinner at a restaurant to try out the Argentinian meat culture, where I met some of my colleagues which I did not had the chance to meet.
By surpise, Jennifer Nicholson from the ACE program announced a new Java Developer Champion: Hillmer Chona,,, Congratulations and well done!
Finnaly I would like to thank the Argentinian Oracle User group for the organization and hope to see you maybe next year.