Countersight

Network monitoring system for cybersecurity consultancy

Countersight, an intranet network security solution for small organisations, engaged with us early in their product development effort to provide user experience and interface expertise as a complement to the core technology that they had built.

This included providing user interfaces to allow the definition of alerting rules for anomaly detection, real-time notifications and configuration of the solution as a whole.

Although working within the complex field of cybersecurity, we were able to help develop a user-oriented solution that can be used by any generalist IT practitioner with no prior security background.

Our web development services enabled Countersight to not only use the platform for their own clients, but also to fulfill their vision of successfully launching this innovative product on the market.

Countersight
Countersight

ABOUT THE CLIENT

Countersight is a cybersecurity company that provides consultancy and agile network monitoring for anomaly detection and alerting.

https://countersight.co
Industry

Industry

Cyber-security

Location

Location

London, UK

Duration

Duration

2 years

Technologies used:

Challenge

THE CHALLENGE

Countersight needed to provide an intuitive, powerful and responsive user interface for the security analytics capability they had produced.

As a whole, the Countersight system collected information from the network, organized it into a standardized format, and made it available for high-volume searching, alerting, and data correlation.

The system is designed to detect malicious activity, while also providing long-term retention of critical information, to enable effective incident response in the case of a breach. The platform had to be cutting-edge, affordable, and accessible even for smaller organisations.

OUR SOLUTION

We provided the complementary software development expertise necessary to turn their security knowledge and internal procedures into a commercial software, providing the critical user interface design experience required to make this complex system accessible for non-security specialists.

We started with business and requirements analysis, following which we began developing the key interface component required for Countersight to bring the product to market.

Kibana and Elasticsearch based-app development

The client’s platform is based around the Elastic stack, using Elasticsearch as the main datastore, with Kibana providing the basis of the analytics interface and Logstash filling the core ETL capability.

Elasticsearch is an open-source technology that can aggregate large amounts of data, returning results in a matter of a blink of the eye. It’s visual plug-in - Kibana - allows users to manipulate the data and present them in various formats.

In addition to the specific functionality required, we also worked on improving Kibana’s interface, in order to home the user experience and to make it as intuitive as possible for any type of user

Key Functionalities

Rule configuration for anomaly, incidents and threats detection

Real-time network monitoring and user alerting

Automated analysis for taking immediate correcting actions

One of the key features that we implemented, and continue to iterate, is the integration with Countersight’s alerting framework, which allows real-time notification and automated analysis on activities of interest through the production of powerful bespoke rule configurations (e.g. detecting changes in traffic volume, blacklist based alerting, etc.).

Our work provided a key bridge between this core capability and the user, translating the complexities of the underlying framework into an intuitive user interface, making for an user-friendly yet secure environment.

We build the plug-ins using Angular.js for the front-end and Node.js for back-end.

RESULTS

Results

Our complementary services helped the client develop the product beyond a highly technical in-house tool into a market-ready user-oriented software, effectively emerging as an affordable solution for network security needs.

By working with our developers, Countersight was able to implement their vision of providing cutting-edge cybersecurity to businesses of all sizes.

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Nick Mazitelli

Founder & Managing Director

Countersight

Working with Alex and the team at Fabrit has been a highly productive experience. Their technical skills and flexible approach have made working with them a breeze and as such they have contributed in a significant way to our success

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