Running A Code-A-Thon

Last month OpenDNS hosted our own code-a-thon. Since it was such a great experience for our team, we wanted to share insight on our process, as well as a look at what went well and what we’ll be sure to improve on next time. 

 Planning

 Planning the code-a-thon was pretty simple. We encouraged employees to work on a self-selected project for 24 hours, and only had a few rules: 

Code-a-Thon starts at 10:00 AM Thursday ends at 10:00 AM Friday You must work in ...

Big Data Driven Security with Splunk

In order to deliver predictive threat protection to our customers, the Umbrella Security Labs research team has to collect and correlate data from various sources in innovative ways. We’ve shared in previous posts how our team applies proprietary algorithms to data from the OpenDNS Global Network, but we’re constantly on the hunt for  easy-to-use data platforms that allow for real-time and interactive data visibility. 

That’s why we wanted to share a bit about our experience with Splunk, a big data management system ...

Announcing the Security Community Forums

Community has always been a priority at OpenDNS, so we’re thrilled to announce that the new Umbrella Security Community Forums are now online. We created the forums so our community had a central place to discuss new threats appearing on the landscape, malware samples, security research, and the Umbrella Security Community review process.

The top contributors of the community also get access to the Umbrella Security Graph, OpenDNS’s proprietary research tool that provides the Umbrella Security Labs research team with ...

Details on exploit kits, as told by the Umbrella Security Graph

The Umbrella Security Labs combines our proprietary research tool the Umbrella Security Graph (Sgraph) with various investigative methods and backend predictive algorithms and classifiers to uncover new sets of suspicious and malicious domains each day. We leverage these technologies to discover domains before they are used in the wild, with the goal of ensuring that customers using Umbrella by OpenDNS receive the best protection possible. But given the lofty nature of this claim, we also seek to expose our research ...

D3 + MV* Framework Visualization Meetup

Umbrella Security Lab researchers consider visualization and design the key to data driven security intelligence. In a recent post, OpenDNS CTO Dan Hubbard shared insight on evolving security Venn and the role security visualization plays in the shift.  Below is a look at how our team handles almost any data exploration process. 

We can look at data from Syria’s most recent Internet blackout for further evidence on how telling a graph can be. Below are DNS traffic plots we made using ...