IBM X-Force Releases Detection and Response Framework for Managed File Transfers


The framework offers scripts and tools to help defenders stop attacks.

IBM’s Security X-Force has announced a common framework for detection and response for managed file transfers (MFTs) in an effort to prevent mass exploitations.

The framework, available on GitHub, includes the following components.

  • MFTData — Details the key software components of MFT solutions.
  • MFTDetect — Scripts that leverage the MFTData to automatically generate detections.
  • MFTRespond — Scripts and tools that can aid in responding to incidents involving a MFT server.
  • MFTPlaybook — MFT incident response playbook template that can be used as a starting point for incident responders.

The framework also includes “a sample of 13 different detection and response frameworks for the most common and exposed MFT solutions that we analyzed,” says John Dwyer in the announcement.

“This effort is meant to offload some of these learnings from defenders, to not only significantly reduce time required for defenders to stop an attack, but to also help prevent future mass exploitation.”



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