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Monday, Nov 28, 2016

Using the vmnet-sniffer Packet Capture Tool in VMWare

Here where we make CloudShark, we have a pile of dev op and admin tools we use every day to make our lives easier: Jenkins, Capybara, and Nagios are some absolutely wonderful additions to our environment this year. One of the most powerful tools we use here is a combination of VMware Workstation and the powerful Vagrant API interface. With Vagrant, we can test every permutation of CloudShark via a barrage of automated testing.

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Monday, Oct 31, 2016

Updates to the Wireshark plug-in (v1.0.5)

Tom recently did an update to our CloudShark plug-in for Wireshark to give it a bit of a dusting and put on some new polish. We’ve made it a bit easier for Windows users to install, and makes sure you get your API token in the configuration properly. Installing the Wireshark plug-in in Windows 10 To recap on installing in Windows, it goes like this: Download the plug-in from github. Makes sure you’ve installed cURL for Windows.

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Monday, Sep 19, 2016

Best Practices for Managing and Securing Network Capture Files

This article is the full text of our white paper on the same topic Packet Capture Files: Valuable but Vulnerable Packet capture files - files that record network traffic—are invaluable resources for network administrators, help desk staff, and IT security experts. Filled with application data and protocols, timestamps, and error codes, these files provide IT engineers with a detailed view of what took place on a network during a specific period of time.

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Friday, Sep 16, 2016

HIPAA, shadow IT, and the packet capture problem

Note: We here at CloudShark aren’t HIPAA experts, we just think its neat to talk about. Don’t take this as “official” advice. Recently we’ve been having some “water-cooler” (we don’t have a water cooler, it’s actually a shark tank) discussion around the security of packet captures in general, and naturally, how that applies to regulations like HIPAA, the “Health Insurance Privacy and Accountability Act”. HIPAA and packet captures The relevant parts of HIPAA to packet capture security include sections on workstation use and security, device and media controls (including rules for backup and storage), access controls to electronic resources, and a section that addresses transmission security, which requires encryption of those record during transmission.

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Wednesday, Sep 14, 2016

Automating remote capture with pcapdaemon and CloudShark

Automating remote capture with pcapdaemon and CloudShark from QA Cafe on Vimeo. One of the most powerful ways to use CloudShark is to aggregate captures from multiple locations. While many network devices have packet capture natively (and some integrated with CloudShark upload), for other systems, it’s necessary to use custom scripts that utilize tshark (with the CloudShark plug-in for Wireshark installed) or tcpdump in tandem with CURL to use the CloudShark upload API.

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