Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Monthly Blog Round-Up – March 2014

Here is my next monthly "Security Warrior" blog round-up of top 5 popular posts/topics this month:
  1. Simple Log Review Checklist Released!” is often at the top of this list – the checklist is still a very useful tool for many people. “On Free Log Management Tools” is a companion to the checklist (updated version)
  2. Why No Open Source SIEM, EVER?” contains some of my SIEM thinking from 2009. Is it relevant now? Well, you be the judge.
  3. “New SIEM Whitepaper on Use Cases In-Depth OUT!” (dated 2010) presents a whitepaper on select SIEM use cases described in depth with rules and reports [using now-defunct SIEM product]; the paper link is now working again, BTW – also see this SIEM use case in depth.
  4. “Logging, Log Management and Log Review Maturity” post describes a common curve for SIEM/log management maturation, from mere collection (“dead log storage”) to real-time monitoring and analysis [BTW, if I were to create this now, I’d have added a layer or two on top of this…]
  5. My classic PCI DSS Log Review series is popular as well. The series of 18 posts cover a comprehensive log review approach, useful for building log review processes and procedures, whether regulatory or not. It is also described in more detail in our Log Management book.
  6. “SANS Top 6 Log Reports Reborn!” is a new post that announces that many people’ work on best log reports has finally been published as “The 6 Categories of Critical Log Information” (with a subtitle of “Top 6 SANS Essential Categories of Log Reports 2013”)

(why 6 of the “Top 5 entries” again? Well, the #6 on the list is a good read, that’s why!)

In addition, I’d like to draw your attention to a few recent posts from my Gartner blog:

Current research on threat intelligence (TI):

(see my published Gartner research here)

Also see my past monthly and annual “Top Popular Blog Posts” – 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013.

Disclaimer: most content at SecurityWarrior blog was written before I joined Gartner on Aug 1, 2011 and is solely my personal view at the time of writing. For my current security blogging, go here.

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Our Team Is Hiring Again: Join Gartner GTP Now!

It is with great pleasure that I am announcing that our team is HIRING AGAIN!

Join Security and Risk Management Strategies (SRMS) team at Gartner for Technical Professionals (GTP)!

Excerpts from the job description:

    • Create and maintain high quality, accurate, and in depth documents or architecture positions in information security, application security, infrastructure security, and/or related coverage areas;
    • Prepare for and respond to customer questions (inquiries/dialogues) during scheduled one hour sessions with accurate information and actionable advice, subject to capacity and demand;
    • Prepare and deliver analysis in the form of presentation(s) delivered at one or more of the company’s Catalyst conferences, Summit, Symposium, webinars, or other industry speaking events;
    • Participate in industry conferences and vendor briefings, as required to gather research and maintain a high level of knowledge and expertise;
    • Perform limited analyst consulting subject to availability and management approval;
    • Support business development for GTP by participating in sales support calls/visits subject to availability and management approval;
    • Contribute to research planning and development by participating in planning meetings, contributing to peer reviews, and research community meetings

In essence, your job would be to research, write, guide clients (via phone inquiries/dialogs) and speak at events. Also, we do list a lot of qualifications in the job req, but you can look at my informal take on them in this post.

So APPLY HERE!

P.S. If the link above fails, go to https://careers.gartner.com and search for “IRC26388

P.P.S. If you have questions, feel free to email me – I cannot promise a prompt response, but I sure can promise a response.

P.P.P.S This is cross-posted from my Gartner blog.

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Monday, March 03, 2014

Monthly Blog Round-Up – February 2014

Here is my next monthly "Security Warrior" blog round-up of top 5 popular posts/topics this month:
  1. Simple Log Review Checklist Released!” is often at the top of this list – the checklist is still a very useful tool for many people. “On Free Log Management Tools” is a companion to the checklist (updated version)
  2. Why No Open Source SIEM, EVER?” contains some of my SIEM thinking from 2009. Is it relevant now? Well, you be the judge.
  3. “New SIEM Whitepaper on Use Cases In-Depth OUT!” (dated 2010) presents a whitepaper on select SIEM use cases described in depth with rules and reports (the paper link is now restored!) – also see this SIEM use case in depth.
  4. My classic PCI DSS Log Review series is popular as well. The series of 18 posts cover a comprehensive log review approach, useful for building log review processes and procedures, whether regulatory or not. It is also described in more detail in our Log Management book.
  5. “SANS Top 6 Log Reports Reborn!” is a new post that announces that many people’ work on best log reports has finally been published as “The 6 Categories of Critical Log Information” (with a subtitle of “Top 6 SANS Essential Categories of Log Reports 2013”)

In addition, I’d like to draw your attention to a few recent posts from my Gartner blog:

Current research on threat intelligence:

Past research on using big data approaches for security:

 
(see my published Gartner research here)

Also see my past monthly and annual “Top Popular Blog Posts” – 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013.

Disclaimer: most content at SecurityWarrior blog was written before I joined Gartner on Aug 1, 2011 and is solely my personal view at the time of writing. For my current security blogging, go here.

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Saturday, February 01, 2014

Monthly Blog Round-Up – January 2014

Here is my next monthly "Security Warrior" blog round-up of top 5 popular posts/topics this month:
  1. Simple Log Review Checklist Released!” is often at the top of this list – the checklist is still a very useful tool for many people. “On Free Log Management Tools” is a companion to the checklist (updated version)
  2. Why No Open Source SIEM, EVER?” contains some of my SIEM thinking from 2009. Is it relevant now? Well, you be the judge.
  3. My classic PCI DSS Log Review series is popular as well. The series of 18 posts cover a comprehensive log review approach, useful for building log review processes and procedures, whether regulatory or not. It is also described in more detail in our Log Management book.
  4. “SANS Top 6 Log Reports Reborn!” is a new post that announces that many people’ work on best log reports has finally been published as “The 6 Categories of Critical Log Information” (with a subtitle of “Top 6 SANS Essential Categories of Log Reports 2013”)
  5. Top 10 Criteria for a SIEM?” came from one of my last projects I did when running my SIEM consulting firm in 2009-2011.

In addition, I’d like to draw your attention to a few recent posts from my Gartner blog:

Current research on threat intelligence:

Past research on using big data approaches for security:

 
(see my published Gartner research here)

Also see my past monthly and annual “Top Popular Blog Posts” – 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013.

Disclaimer: most content at SecurityWarrior blog was written before I joined Gartner on Aug 1, 2011 and is solely my personal view at the time of writing. For my current security blogging, go here.

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Wednesday, January 01, 2014

Annual Blog Round-Up – 2013

Here is my annual "Security Warrior" blog round-up of top 10 popular posts/topics in 2013.
  1. Simple Log Review Checklist Released!” was again the most popular this year. The checklist, a list of critical things to look for while reviewing  system, network and security logs when responding to a security incident (companion free log tool list)
  2. Why No Open Source SIEM, EVER?” contains some of my SIEM thinking from 2009. Is it relevant now? Well, you be the judge.
  3. PCI DSS Log Review series of posts takes the #3 spot; they are about planning and executing a complete log review process at an organization.
  4. Top 10 Criteria for a SIEM?” is an EXAMPLE requirement list for choosing a SIEM tool (it can be used for creating your very own SIEM RFP, but this is much better for it, of course).
  5. “New SIEM Whitepaper on Use Cases In-Depth OUT!” (dated 2010) presents a whitepaper on select SIEM use cases described in depth with rules and reports (the paper link is now restored!) – also see this SIEM use case in depth.
  6. On Choosing SIEM” is about the least wrong way of choosing a SIEM tool – as well as about why the right way is so unpopular.
  7. “SIEM Bloggables” has one possible view on higher-level SIEM use cases and basic functionality, and a quick discussion of SIEM user types (circa 2009 – so NO “big data” for you!).
  8. “SIEM Resourcing or How Much the Friggin’ Thing Would REALLY Cost Me?” is a quick framework for assessing the SIEM project (well, a program, really) costs at an organization (much more details on this here).
  9. “My Best PCI DSS Presentation EVER!” is my conference presentation where I make a passionate claim that PCI DSS is actually useful for security (do read the PCI book as well)!
  10. SANS Top 6 Log Reports Reborn! highlights the re-release of top most popular log reports list.

Disclaimer: all this content was written before I joined Gartner on Aug 1, 2011 and is solely my personal view at the time of writing. For my current security blogging, go here.


Also see my past monthly and annual “Top Posts” – 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012.

Monday, December 09, 2013

SANS Top 6 Log Reports Reborn!

This story goes back years - many, many years. It starts with “SANS Top 5 Log Reports” [PDF] in 2006, and then continues with me volunteering to update it in 2009. I did a lot of work on it in 2009-2010, but never got it to a stage where I was 100% happy with it.  Then in 2011, I joined Gartner and therefore was unable to finish it. Only in 2012 I found a new author who polished it before handing it to SANS for publication.

The document has now been published as “The 6 Categories of Critical Log Information” (with a subtitle of “Top 6 SANS Essential Categories of Log Reports 2013”, v 3.01)

At its center are these top log report categories:

  1. Authentication and Authorization Reports
  2. Systems and Data Change Reports
  3. Network Activity Reports
  4. Resource Access Reports
  5. Malware Activity Reports
  6. Failure and Critical Error Reports

The document can be used to figure out what to log, what to report on and what reports to review for various purposes.

So, enjoy! A lot of work of many smart people went into this. Thanks A LOT to those who contributed to it over the years. Special thanks go to Marcus Ranum, the original logging guru, and the enlightened members of the SANS GIAC Alumni mailing list.

P.S. Those of you who have read our Log Management book have seen an earlier and somewhat more wordy version of it. This one is better!

Related posts and the entire history of this effort:

Monday, December 02, 2013

Monthly Blog Round-Up – November 2013

Here is my next monthly "Security Warrior" blog round-up of top 5 popular posts/topics this month:
  1. Why No Open Source SIEM, EVER?” contains some of my SIEM thinking from 2009. Is it relevant now? Well, you be the judge.
  2. Simple Log Review Checklist Released!” is often at the top of this list – the checklist is still a very useful tool for many people. “On Free Log Management Tools” is a companion to the checklist (updated version)
  3. My classic PCI DSS Log Review series is popular as well. The series of 18 posts cover a comprehensive log review approach, useful for building log review processes and procedures, whether regulatory or not. It is also described in more detail in our Log Management book.
  4. Top 10 Criteria for a SIEM?” came from one of my last projects I did when running my SIEM consulting firm in 2009-2011.
  5. “New SIEM Whitepaper on Use Cases In-Depth OUT!” (dated 2010) presents a whitepaper on select SIEM use cases in depth (the paper link is now RESTORED!)

In addition, I’d like to draw your attention to a few recent posts from my Gartner blog:

Current research on using big data approaches for security:

 
Current research on security patch management:
 
(see my published Gartner research here)

Also see my past monthly and annual “Top Popular Blog Posts” – 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012.

Disclaimer: all content at SecurityWarrior blog was written before I joined Gartner on Aug 1, 2011 and is solely my personal view at the time of writing. For my current security blogging, go here.

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Friday, November 01, 2013

Monthly Blog Round-Up – October 2013

Here is my next monthly "Security Warrior" blog round-up of top 5 popular posts/topics this month:
  1. Why No Open Source SIEM, EVER?” contains some of my SIEM thinking from 2009. Is it relevant now? Well, you be the judge.
  2. Simple Log Review Checklist Released!” is often at the top of this list – the checklist is still a very useful tool for many people. “On Free Log Management Tools” is a companion to the checklist (updated version)
  3. My classic PCI DSS Log Review series is popular as well. The series of 18 posts cover a comprehensive log review approach, useful for building log review processes and procedures, whether regulatory or not.
  4. “New SIEM Whitepaper on Use Cases In-Depth OUT!” (dated 2010) presents a whitepaper on select SIEM use cases in depth (the paper link is now RESTORED!)
  5. Top 10 Criteria for a SIEM?” came from one of my last projects I did when running my SIEM consulting firm in 2009-2011.

In addition, I’d like to draw your attention to a few recent posts from my Gartner blog:

Current research on using big data approaches for security:

 
Current research on security patch management:
 
(see my published Gartner research here)

Also see my past monthly and annual “Top Popular Blog Posts” – 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012.

Disclaimer: all content at SecurityWarrior blog was written before I joined Gartner on Aug 1, 2011 and is solely my personal view at the time of writing. For my current security blogging, go here.

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Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Monthly Blog Round-Up – September 2013

Here is my next monthly "Security Warrior" blog round-up of top 5 popular posts/topics this month:
  1. Why No Open Source SIEM, EVER?” contains some of my SIEM thinking from 2009. Is it relevant now? Well, you be the judge.
  2. Simple Log Review Checklist Released!” is often at the top of this list – the checklist is still a very useful tool for many people. “On Free Log Management Tools” is a companion to the checklist (updated version)
  3. Top 10 Criteria for a SIEM?” came from one of my last projects I did when running my SIEM consulting firm in 2009-2011.
  4. My classic PCI DSS Log Review series is popular as well. The series cover a comprehensive log review approach, useful for building log review processes and procedures, whether regulatory or not.
  5. “New SIEM Whitepaper on Use Cases In-Depth OUT!” (dated 2010) presents a whitepaper on select SIEM use cases in depth (the paper link is now RESTORED!)

In addition, I’d like to draw your attention to a few recent posts from my Gartner blog:

Current research on using big data approaches for security:

 
Past research on incident response:

Past research on endpoint detection and investigation tools (ETDR):

(see my published Gartner research here)

Also see my past monthly and annual “Top Popular Blog Posts” – 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012.

Disclaimer: all content at SecurityWarrior blog was written before I joined Gartner on Aug 1, 2011 and is solely my personal view at the time of writing. For my current security blogging, go here.

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Monday, September 02, 2013

Monthly Blog Round-Up – August 2013

Here is my next monthly "Security Warrior" blog round-up of top 5 popular posts/topics this month:
  1. Why No Open Source SIEM, EVER?” contains some of my SIEM thinking from 2009. Is it relevant now? Well, you be the judge.
  2. Simple Log Review Checklist Released!” is often at the top of this list – the checklist is still a very useful tool for many people. “On Free Log Management Tools” is a companion to the checklist (updated version)
  3. Top 10 Criteria for a SIEM?” came from one of my last projects I did when running my SIEM consulting firm in 2009-2011.
  4. On Choosing SIEM” is another old classic (from 2010) that often shows up on my top list; it covers some tips on choosing SIEM tools.
  5. Finally, my classic PCI DSS Log Review series is popular as well. They outlined log review approach, useful for building log review processes and procedures, whether regulatory or not.
In addition, I’d like to draw your attention to a few recent posts from my Gartner blog:
 
Current research on incident response:

Current research on endpoint detection and investigation tools (ETDR):


Miscellaneous fun posts:

(see my published Gartner research here)

Also see my past monthly and annual “Top Popular Blog Posts” – 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012.

Disclaimer: all content at SecurityWarrior blog was written before I joined Gartner on Aug 1, 2011 and is solely my personal view at the time of writing. For my current security blogging, go here.

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Thursday, August 01, 2013

Monthly Blog Round-Up – July 2013

Here is my next monthly "Security Warrior" blog round-up of top 5 popular posts/topics this month:
  1. Why No Open Source SIEM, EVER?” contains some of my SIEM thinking from 2009. Is it relevant now? Well, you be the judge.
  2. Simple Log Review Checklist Released!” is often at the top of this list – the checklist is still a very useful tool for many people. “On Free Log Management Tools” is a companion to the checklist (updated version)
  3. Top 10 Criteria for a SIEM?” came from one of my last projects I did when running my SIEM consulting firm in 2009-2011.
  4. On Choosing SIEM” is another old classic (from 2010) that often shows up on my top list; it covers some tips on choosing SIEM tools.
  5. “SIEM Bloggables” has one possible view on higher-level SIEM use cases and basic functionality, and a quick discussion of SIEM user types (circa 2009)
  6. Finally, my classic PCI DSS Log Review series is popular as well. They outlined log review approach, useful for building log review processes and procedures, whether regulatory or not.
In addition, I’d like to draw your attention to a few recent posts from my Gartner blog:
Current research on incident response:

Current research on endpoint detection and investigation tools (ETDR):


Miscellaneous fun posts:

(see my published Gartner research here)

Also see my past monthly and annual “Top Popular Blog Posts” – 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012.

Disclaimer: all content at SecurityWarrior blog was written before I joined Gartner on Aug 1, 2011 and is solely my personal view at the time of writing. For my current security blogging, go here.

P.S. Please send congrats with my 2nd anniversary @ Gartner! Smile

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Monday, July 01, 2013

Monthly Blog Round-Up – June 2013

Here is my next monthly "Security Warrior" blog round-up of top 5 popular posts/topics this month:
  1. Why No Open Source SIEM, EVER?” contains some of my thinking from 2009. Is it relevant now? Well, you be the judge.
  2. Simple Log Review Checklist Released!” is often at the top of this list – the checklist is still a very useful tool for many people. “On Free Log Management Tools” is a companion to the checklist (updated version)
  3. Top 10 Criteria for a SIEM?” came from one of my last projects I did when running my SIEM consulting firm in 2009-2011.
  4. On Choosing SIEM” is another old classic (from 2010) that often shows up on my top list; it covers some tips on choosing SIEM tools.
  5. My classic PCI DSS Log Review series is popular as well. The outlined log review approach is useful for building other types of log review processes and procedures, whether regulatory or not.
In addition, I’d like to draw your attention to a few recent posts from my Gartner blog:

Current research on incident response:
Past network forensics research:
Past security data sharing research:
Miscellaneous fun posts:

(see my published Gartner research here)

Also see my past monthly and annual “Top Popular Blog Posts” – 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012.

Disclaimer: all content at SecurityWarrior blog was written before I joined Gartner on Aug 1, 2011 and is solely my personal view at the time of writing. For my current security blogging, go here.

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Monday, June 03, 2013

Monthly Blog Round-Up – May 2013

Here is my next monthly "Security Warrior" blog round-up of top 5 popular posts/topics this month:
  1. Simple Log Review Checklist Released!” is often at the top of this list – the checklist is still a very useful tool for many people. “On Free Log Management Tools” is a companion to the checklist (updated version)
  2. On Choosing SIEM” is another old classic (from 2010) that often shows up on my top list; it covers some tips on choosing SIEM tools.
  3. Top 10 Criteria for a SIEM?” came from one of my last projects I did when running my SIEM consulting firm in 2009-2011.
  4. Why No Open Source SIEM, EVER?” contains some of my thinking from 2009. Is it relevant now? Well, you be the judge.
  5. My classic PCI DSS Log Review series is popular as well. The outlined log review approach is useful for building other types of log review processes and procedures, whether regulatory or not.
In addition, I’d like to draw your attention to a few recent posts from my Gartner blog:

Current research:
Past network forensics research:
Past security data sharing research:
Miscellaneous fun posts:

(see my published Gartner research here)

Also see my past monthly and annual “Top Popular Blog Posts” – 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012.

Disclaimer: all content at SecurityWarrior blog was written before I joined Gartner on Aug 1, 2011 and is solely my personal view at the time of writing. For my current security blogging, go here.

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Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Monthly Blog Round-Up – April 2013

Here is my next monthly "Security Warrior" blog round-up of top 5 popular posts/topics this month:
  1. Simple Log Review Checklist Released!” is often at the top of this list – the checklist is still a very useful tool for many people. “On Free Log Management Tools” is a companion to the checklist (updated version)
  2. Top 10 Criteria for a SIEM?” came from one of my last projects I did when running my SIEM consulting firm in 2009-2011.
  3. On Choosing SIEM” is another old classic (from 2010) that often shows up on my top list; it covers some tips on choosing SIEM tools.
  4. “SIEM Bloggables” covers a few high-level SIEM use cases and my view (at the time) of key SIEM functions.
  5. My classic PCI DSS Log Review series is popular as well. The outlined log review approach is useful for building other types of log review processes and procedures, whether regulatory or not.
In addition, I’d like to draw your attention to a few recent posts from my Gartner blog:

Current network forensics research:
Current security data sharing research:
Miscellaneous fun posts:
(see my published Gartner research here)
Also see my past monthly and annual “Top Popular Blog Posts” – 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012.

Disclaimer: all content at SecurityWarrior blog was written before I joined Gartner on Aug 1, 2011 and is solely my personal view at the time of writing. For my current security blogging, go here.
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Monday, April 01, 2013

Monthly Blog Round-Up – March 2013

Here is my next monthly "Security Warrior" blog round-up of top 5 popular posts/topics this month:
  1. Simple Log Review Checklist Released!” is often at the top of this list – the checklist is still a very useful tool for many people. “On Free Log Management Tools” is a companion to the checklist (updated version, and, yes, I know it really needs another update)
  2. My classic PCI DSS Log Review series is popular as well. The outlined log review approach is useful for building other types of log review processes and procedures, whether regulatory or not.
  3. Top 10 Criteria for a SIEM?” came from one of my last projects I did when running my SIEM consulting firm in 2009-2011.
  4. On Choosing SIEM” is another old classic (from 2010) that often shows up on my top list; it covers some tips on choosing SIEM tools.
  5. “SIEM Bloggables” covers a few high-level SIEM use cases and my view (at the time) of key SIEM functions.

In addition, I’d like to draw your attention to a few recent posts from my Gartner blog:

Current network forensics research:

Current security data sharing research:

Miscellaneous fun posts:

Also see my past monthly and annual “Top Popular Blog Posts” – 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012.

Disclaimer: all content at SecurityWarrior blog was written before I joined Gartner on Aug 1, 2011 and is solely my personal view at the time of writing. For my current security blogging, go here.

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Monday, March 04, 2013

Monthly Blog Round-Up – February 2013

Here is my next monthly "Security Warrior" blog round-up of top 5 popular posts/topics this month:
  1. Simple Log Review Checklist Released!” is often at the top of this list – the checklist is still a very useful tool for many people. “On Free Log Management Tools” is a companion to the checklist (updated version, and, yes, I know it really needs another update)
  2. My classic PCI DSS Log Review series is popular as well. The outlined log review approach is useful for building other types of log review processes and procedures, whether regulatory or not.
  3. Top 10 Criteria for a SIEM?” came from one of my last projects I did when running my SIEM consulting firm in 2009-2011.
  4. On Choosing SIEM” is another old classic (from 2010) that shows up on my top list; it covers some tips on  choosing SIEM tools.
  5. “SIEM Bloggables” covers a few high-level SIEM use cases and my view (at the time) of key SIEM functions.

In addition, I’d like to draw your attention to a few recent posts from my Gartner blog:

Current network forensics research:

Current security data sharing research:

Previous DLP research:

Also see my past monthly and annual “Top Popular Blog Posts” – 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012.

Disclaimer: all content at SecurityWarrior blog was written before I joined Gartner on Aug 1, 2011 and is solely my personal view at the time of writing. For my current security blogging, go here.

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