IntelMQ - A solution for IT security teams for collecting and processing security feeds using a message queuing protocol



Thursday, March 9, 2017


IntelMQ is a solution for IT security teams (CERTs, CSIRTs, abuse departments,...) for collecting and processing security feeds (such as log files) using a message queuing protocol. It's a community driven initiative called IHAP (Incident Handling Automation Project) which was conceptually designed by European CERTs/CSIRTs during several InfoSec events. Its main goal is to give to incident responders an easy way to collect & process threat intelligence thus improving the incident handling processes of CERTs.

IntelMQ's design was influenced by AbuseHelper , however it was re-written from scratch and aims at:
  • Reduce the complexity of system administration
  • Reduce the complexity of writing new bots for new data feeds
  • Reduce the probability of events lost in all process with persistence functionality (even system crash)
  • Use and improve the existing Data Harmonization Ontology
  • Use JSON format for all messages
  • Integration of the existing tools (AbuseHelper, CIF)
  • Provide easy way to store data into Log Collectors like ElasticSearch, Splunk, databases (such as PostgreSQL)
  • Provide easy way to create your own black-lists
  • Provide easy communication with other systems via HTTP RESTFUL API
It follows the following basic meta-guidelines:
  • Don't break simplicity - KISS
  • Keep it open source - forever
  • Strive for perfection while keeping a deadline
  • Reduce complexity/avoid feature bloat
  • Embrace unit testing
  • Code readability: test with unexperienced programmers
  • Communicate clearly


Table of Contents
  1. How to Install
  2. Developers Guide
  3. IntelMQ Manager
  4. Incident Handling Automation Project
  5. Data Harmonization
  6. How to Participate
  7. Licence


How to Install


Developers Guide


IntelMQ Manager
Check out this graphical tool and easily manage an IntelMQ system.


Incident Handling Automation Project


Data Harmonization
IntelMQ use the Data Harmonization. Check the following document .


How to participate



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