Playbook Series: Unauthorized IP Alert from a Mobile Device

Today’s post continues an ongoing series on Playbooks; which Phantom uses to automate and orchestrate your security operations plan.

Playbooks are Python scripts that Phantom interprets in order to execute your mission when you see something that you want to take action on. Playbooks hook into the Phantom platform and all of its capabilities in order to execute actions, ensuring a repeatable and auditable process around your security operations.  Sample community Playbooks can be customized at will and are synchronized via Git and published on our public Community GitHub repository.   You can read more about Phantom and Playbooks here.

The spotlight Playbook for today relates to an unauthorized IP alert.  In this use case, it occurs when a mobile device attempts to access an unauthorized site, where authorization is defined via an access list.  This policy violation is an indication of a possible insider threat.

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(Note: Products in diagram are for illustrative purposes. Phantom supports these & others.)

In this scenario, the user is a repeat offender, so the action is perhaps a bit aggressive, but warranted.  As the diagram shows, the devices is wiped and then blocked.  This is a precautionary step taken in case the user is preventing the wipe command from reaching the mobile device.

The use case starts with an event logged to Splunk which in turn triggers Phantom to orchestrate the following actions automatically:

  • Pull the device and user profile from the MDM and directory systems.
  • Wipe the phone via the MDM system and block it at the firewall.
  • Open a ticket for further investigation by the security team who can retrieve the mobile device and perform the required forensics.

The savings are substantial for an organization that sees even an average volume of events.   You can read more about the ROI of Automation & Orchestration here.

Interested in seeing how Phantom Playbooks can help your organization?  Get the free Phantom Community Edition, and attend one of our Tech Sessions to see Playbooks in action.

The use cases that can be addressed with Phantom Playbooks are nearly limitless.  Be sure to check the blog regularly for posts on other great Playbooks.  Interested in a Playbook we haven’t already covered?  Submit your request for future coverage.

CP Morey
VP, Products & Marketing

About Phantom:
Phantom, an award-winning company, automates and orchestrates key stages of security operations from prevention to triage and resolution; delivering dramatic increases in productivity and effectiveness. Ranging from simple automation to fully autonomous response, Phantom lets you choose the best balance that fits your organization’s needs while increasing security and accelerating security operations. Focused on closing the security gap by enabling enterprise security operations to be smarter, faster and stronger; Phantom provides the flexibility to connect in-house and third-party systems into one consolidated, integrated and extensible platform. Phantom was founded by enterprise security veterans Oliver Friedrichs and Sourabh Satish who have helped propel companies like Symantec, Sourcefire, Cisco and others to success. For more information visit: