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SIGMA - one common language for cybersecurity

Since the invention of the Sigma language in 2016, SOC Prime has been a pioneer supporter and the biggest backend contributor to this generic detection content format. Throughout the last years, we are leading the innovation to drive the Sigma evolution as an industry standard.
  1. 2016

    1. December 24

      Invention of Sigma

      Florian Roth and Thomas Patzke made the first-ever public commit to the GitHub repo devoted to Sigma, which initiated the birth of “a common language for cybersecurity.”

  2. 2017

    1. February 14

      Elasticsearch Query Backend

      Elasticsearch Query backend for Sigma v.1 was committed by Thomas Patzke to the dedicated open source GitHub repository.

    2. September 22

      Elastic Stack X-Pack Watcher Backend

      Elastic Stack X-Pack Watcher backend for Sigma v.1 was shared by Devin Ferguson and Thomas Patzke via GitHub.

    3. March 3

      Splunk Query Backend

      Splunk Query support was added to Sigma and shared by Thomas Patzke with the project followers via GitHub.

    4. March 18

      LogPoint Backend

      LogPoint backend for Sigma developed by Ben de Haan was uploaded to the community GitHub repository by Thomas Patzke.

    5. March 26

      MISP Support

      Malware Information Sharing Platform (MISP) added support for the Sigma language with the release of MISP version 2.4.70.

    6. May 3

      ArcSight, QRadar, and Qualys Backends

      SOC Prime founders – Andrii Bezverkhyi, Oleksandr Bredikhin, and Ruslan Mikhalov – joined the Sigma community and started collaboration to add more backends to the Sigma standard, initially headlining ArcSight, QRadar, and Qualys backend development.

    7. June 28

      First-Ever MITRE ATT&CK® Tagging

      Sigma rule for NotPetya Ransomware Activity detection was developed and shared with the community by Florian Roth and Tom Ueltschi. Simultaneously, the SOC Prime Team helped the victims of the NotPetya attack on-site and remotely using Sigma rules alongside its own SIEM-native content. The detections were tagged with MITRE ATT&CK® and Lockheed Martin Cyber Kill Chain (LMCKC) to extract TTP-based behaviors for threat actor attribution. As a result, 83% of TTP-based attributions to the Sandworm Team were confirmed, fully reported, and shared publicly within 5 days. The investigation of the NotPetya attack was a prominent event for spreading a word about Sigma. For the first time in history, Sigma rules tagged with MITRE ATT&CK were successfully used for threat hunting.

    8. August 29

      Initial ATT&CK-Based Correlation

      The first-ever MITRE ATT&CK-based correlation was made by SOC Prime leveraging Sigma rules and Elastic Stack X-Pack Watcher. This preceded the release of the Elastic Stack detection rules and SIEM correlation capabilities by 30 months.

  3. 2018

    1. January 10

      Pioneer Commercial Support

      The world’s first commercial support for Sigma rules was launched by SOC Prime powered by the company’s SaaS platform, Threat Detection Marketplace. Initially, it was provided for the original Elasticsearch and Elastic Stack X-Pack Watcher, Splunk Query, as well as newly-developed backends by SOC Prime for ArcSight, QRadar, and Qualys.

    2. April 2

      Sigma UI Release

      Sigma UI application for the Elastic Stack was released by SOC Prime via GitHub. The application supported tagging Sigma rules with MITRE ATT&CK, thus marking the first-ever public open-source interconnection between Sigma and the ATT&CK framework.

    3. May 24

      Sigma Intro at First EU ATT&CK Workshop

      The 1st EU ATT&CK Community Workshop took place at the Computer Incident Response Center Luxembourg (CIRCL). By invitation of Freddy Dezeure, SOC Prime’s Founder and CEO, Andrii Bezverkhyi, presented a session to introduce Sigma to the MITRE community and showcase tools and capabilities for tagging Sigma rules against the MITRE ATT&CK matrix. CIRCL members, MISP founders, MITRE representatives alongside the leading European SOCs and CERTs voted for approving the course of tagging Sigma with MITRE ATT&CK. This initiative has become a golden standard that currently ensures extensive visibility of organization-specific threats worldwide.

    4. May 25

      Microsoft Defender ATP Backend

      The first version of Microsoft Defender ATP backend for Sigma was added to the community GitHub repository by Thomas Patzke.

    5. June 28

      Sigma Scanning for THOR

      Florian Roth, CTO of Nextron Systems and the author of THOR APT Scanner, added support for Sigma rules checking on endpoints to his incident response scanning tool.

    6. July 11

      Public GitHub Repo for ArcSight, Qualys, and Graylog

      ArcSight and Qualys backends developed by SOC Prime, as well as the Graylog backend, developed by Paul Duot, were merged for Sigma and publicly shared via GitHub repository.

    7. July 22

      QRadar Backend Shared via GitHub

      QRadar backend for Sigma was shared via the community GitHub repository by SOC Prime.

    8. September 6

      Uncoder.IO Release

      SOC Prime released Uncoder.IO — a free and private online translation engine powering one-click conversions from Sigma rules to SIEM saved searches, filters, queries, API requests, and correlations.

    9. October 17

      Sigma Overview at 13th Hack.lu

      The 13th Hack.lu conference took place hosted by Thomas Patzke, who introduced the basics of how to create Sigma rules and use them to hunt for threats in logs.

    10. October 31

      RSA NetWitness Backend

      RSA NetWitness backend for Sigma was committed to the GitHub Sigma repository by John Tuckner.

    11. December 10

      Sumo Logic Backend

      Sumo Logic backend for Sigma, developed by Florian Roth and Thomas Patzke, was publicly shared via the GitHub Sigma repo.

  4. 2019

    1. February 13

      Sigma Highlights at First SANS Webcast

      First-ever SANS Webcast devoted to Sigma went live. The “MITRE ATT&CK and Sigma Alerting” session provided insights into the Sigma Alert project and the practice of creating alert rules against the MITRE ATT&CK framework items to discover attacks.

    2. March 4

      Microsoft Azure Sentinel Backend

      Microsoft Azure Sentinel backend for Sigma v.1 was publicly shared with the community via GitHub by John Tuckner.

    3. May 9

      Threat Bounty Announced at 3rd EU ATT&CK Workshop

      The 3rd EU ATT&CK Community Workshop took place at EUROCONTROL, Brussels. At this major international event, SOC Prime Founder, Andrii Bezverkhyi, held a session to announce the launch of SOC Prime’s Threat Bounty Program that rewarded individual researchers for the development of threat hunting algorithms linked to Sigma. Also, the session summarized the one-year practice of tagging Sigma against the MITRE ATT&CK framework.

    4. July

      Compliance-Based Sigma

      SOC Prime Team developed the first Sigma rules for Compliance linking queries to the industry Compliance standards, such as GDPR, PCI DSS, ISO27001, and CIS CSC.

    5. October 3

      Sigma First-Ever Mention by Gartner

      Gartner mentioned Sigma for the first time in its Cool Vendors in Security and Risk Management, 2H19 research. In this document, SOC Prime was recognized as a Cool Vendor with its Threat Detection Marketplace platform providing detection content using Sigma, “a generic and open SIEM signature format, which is becoming a common method to develop content that can be used across different solutions.”

    6. October 25

      Insights into Sigma & ATT&CK Mapping for Cloud

      4th EU ATT&CK Community Workshop & Hack.lu took place in Luxembourg. At this event, SOC Prime’s Founder, Andrii Bezverkhyi, presented how to use Sigma for cloud threat detection (AWS, Office365, Azure GCP, G-Suite) and introduced initial mappings to ATT&CK for the cloud.

    7. December 1

      Sigma2SplunkAlert GitHub Repo Launch

      To streamline Sigma rules deployment into Splunk, Patrick Bareiss launched a dedicated Sigma2SplunkAlert GitHub repository. It allows converting Sigma rules to Splunk Alert configurations leveraging the power of Jinja2 templating to generate a Splunk savedsearches.conf.

    8. December 30

      MISA Membership

      Microsoft Azure Sentinel backend for Sigma received the first active contribution from SOC Prime as part of its membership in the Microsoft Intelligence Security Association (MISA). After joining MISA, SOC Prime became one of the most active backend contributors for Azure Sentinel together with Thomas Patzke.

  5. 2020

    1. February 24

      Carbon Black Query Backend

      Carbon Black Query backend for Sigma developed by SOC Prime was added to the community GitHub repository.

    2. February 24-28

      RSAC 2020: Microsoft and SOC Prime’s Collaboration

      By invitation from Microsoft, Andrii Bezverkhyi, Founder and CEO at SOC Prime, and Ofer Shezaf, Principal Product Manager at Microsoft, shared the stage at RSAC 2020 to present the joint project on enabling Sigma support for Microsoft Azure Sentinel Queries & Rules and dedicated streaming capabilities for Microsoft API.

    3. April 7

      MITRE ATT&CK Map Release

      SOC Prime launched attack.socprime.com — a first-ever free public project that supported MITRE ATT&CK v.7 beta (including sub-techniques), introduced the horizontal view of MITRE ATT&CK matrix, and linked it with Sigma rules.

    4. May 8

      Humio Query Backend

      Humio Query support was added to Sigma by SOC Prime and shared with the community via the GitHub Sigma repo. That day, SOC Prime also shared its version of the enhanced Splunk backend for Sigma to expand it with the support for CrowdStrike Query.

    5. May 14

      Sigma Rules Repository Mirror

      SOC Prime released the Sigma rules repository mirror powered by Threat Detection Marketplace and synced it with the open source GitHub repository managed by Florian Roth to ensure extensive availability of behavior-based Sigma rules for the cybersecurity community.

    6. May 18-19

      Sigma Insights at 5th EU ATT&CK Workshop

      The 5th EU ATT&CK Community Workshop took place at the European Commission, Brussels. At this major international event, Andrii Bezverkhyi, Founder and CEO at SOC Prime, held a session to dive deep into the practical and scientific approaches to MITRE ATT&CK, introduced the horizontal view of the MITRE ATT&CK matrix for more convenience, and shared insights on using Sigma rules to prioritize the order of ATT&CK techniques.

    7. August 18

      Sysmon Backend

      Sysmon backend able to generate relevant configs for Sigma was developed by SOC Prime and publicly shared with the community via the GitHub repository.

    8. November 19

      FireEye Backend

      FireEye backend for Sigma was added to the community GitHub repository by Alek Rollyson.

  6. 2021

    1. January 27

      SentinelOne Backend

      SentinelOne backend for Sigma was developed by SOC Prime and added to Threat Detection Marketplace to provide exclusive commercial support for it.

    2. March 12

      Chronicle Security Backend

      Google Chronicle Security backend for Sigma was publicly shared with the community and uploaded to the dedicated GitHub repository by SOC Prime. Additionally, support for Sigma to YARA-L conversions was introduced to Uncoder.IO to enrich both cybersecurity standards with compatible detection content.

    3. April 14

      SOC Prime’s Innovation Report 2020

      SOC Prime published its Detection as Code Innovation Report 2020 to summarize the collaborative efforts of the SOC Prime Team, Threat Bounty Program content contributors, and the worldwide community in fighting critical threats of 2020 by means of Sigma rules and open-source Detection as Code content.

    4. June 1-2

      Sigma Customization at 7th EU ATT&CK Workshop

      At the 7th EU MITRE ATT&CK® Community Workshop , SOC Prime’s Founder and CEO, Andrii Bezverkhyi, presented a session about best practices in Sigma customizations, summarizing how the community-driven approach can contribute to Sigma establishment as an industry standard.

    5. June 16

      Securonix Backend

      Securonix Team has developed the initial Sigma backend and partnered with SOC Prime to make it available globally. Following the release, the commercial support for this backend was launched via Threat Detection Marketplace.

    6. June 25

      Detection Engineering with Sigma

      A detailed cheat sheet describing the basics of detection engineering with Sigma was released by Josh Brower and Chris Sanders.

    7. June 29

      Sigma Mention in 2021 MQ for SIEM

      Sigma was mentioned in the 2021 Gartner, Magic Quadrant for SIEM as a recommendation to improve the capabilities of the standard support for one of the MQ leading SIEM technologies.

    8. June 30

      Splunk Alert Backend

      Splunk Alert backend for Sigma was developed by SOC Prime and the commercial support for it was enabled via SOC Prime’s Threat Detection Marketplace. This backend supports automated content streaming into users’ instances with the help of Continuous Content Management module to streamline the SOC operations.

    9. July 13

      Splunk Data Model for Sigmac

      A dedicated backend that supports the Splunk syntax leveraging data model acceleration was developed by mfidel, publicly shared via SigmaHQ GitHub repository, and added to Sigmac tool.

    10. July 15

      Insights into Sigma Capabilities at 2021 SANS Webcast

      SANS Webcasts “How to Level Up Your Threat Detection Practice” with Dr. Anton Chuvakin, Andrii Bezverkhyi, and Matt Bromiley went live. In this session, the speakers delved into scientific approaches on how to use Sigma from the development point of view and discussed correlation capabilities and complexity of Sigma algorithms, considering the trends in security operation approaches worldwide.

    11. July 20

      Anatomy of a Sigma Rule

      Thomas Roccia released a comprehensive cheat sheet on Sigma rules creation to provide crisp and handy tips for all Sigma project followers.

    12. July 30

      Sigma Mention in 2021 Gartner’s Research Note

      Gartner’s research note “How to Use MITRE ATT&CK to Improve Threat Detection Capabilities” mentioned Sigma detections as “generic rules which integrate with many different SIEM solutions” and enable mapping to the MITRE ATT&CK matrix.

    13. September 11

      Launch of pySigma GitHub Repository

      The pySigma GitHub repo was launched by Thomas Patzke and Florian Roth to provide a Python library for parsing, transformation, and conversion of Sigma rules. The pySigma repo improves the logic of the Sigmac tool and streamlines the conversion process from a Sigma rule into query languages by providing corresponding conversion backends.

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