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This week I had the pleasure of presenting two talks at the National Laboratories Information Technology (NLIT) 2009 Summit held in Oak Ridge, TN. Everyone involved was great and I had a fun time. Since the presentations have been posted to the NLIT site, I am free to post now.

The original slides made heavy use of the Microsoft PowerPoint animation feature. Unfortunately, SlideShare does not currently support animation. You can download the presentation and the animations will work, but I ended up modifying the slides so they are more viewable online. SlideBoom will keep the animation, but it does it by creating a video of the presentation. I decided to stick with SlideShare and spare you the resulting nine minute video. While I should add audio and make a SlideCast, this post might never be completed if I wait until I have time to create a really nice web presentation.

Merriam-Webster defines a totem as any supposed entity that watches over or assists a group of people, such as a family, clan, or tribe. In this presentation I focused on how TOTEM assists in watching over and evaluating the threat an IP represents. The idea behind TOTEM is simple: compare threat information from sources such as watchlists (DShield, Emerging Threats, SenderBase, etc.) to activities with the organization (IDS/IPS, flow logs, etc.) and other locations (SANS ISC, DOE federated model, etc.). As new threat information and activity sources are added, a better evaluation can be rendered.

The purpose of this presentation has been to share the basic ideas behind TOTEM with the hope that others may provide helpful insight. So far I have not disappointed. I wanted to thank everyone for I have received some very intriguing ideas.


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