MANDIANT Releases Highlighter Software

MANDIANT Corporation, a provider of information security products and services, announced the release of their newest free software offering, MANDIANT Highlighter™. MANDIANT’s Jason Luttgens and Jed Mitten, the creators of Highlighter, introduced the tool during their talk, A Picture Solves A Thousand Crimes: Graphical Log File Analysis , at the 2009 DoD Cyber Crime Conference in St. Louis, Missouri.

Highlighter is a free utility designed primarily for network analysts. Highlighter provides a user with three views of the log or text file being analyzed: i) a text view that allows users to highlight interesting keywords and remove lines with irrelevant content; ii) a graphical, full-content view that shows all content and the full structure of the file, rendered as an image that is dynamically editable through the user interface; and iii) a histogram view that displays patterns in the file over time. Usage patterns become visually apparent and provide the examiner with useful metadata that is not available in other text viewers/editors.

Kevin Mandia, President and CEO at MANDIANT said, “By providing a graph that visualizes the anomalies in log files, Highlighter reduces the amount of time it takes analysts to review these files. Highlighter is a must-have tool for information security professionals who spend time analyzing logs or other structured text files.”

MANDIANT Highlighter is available for download by visiting


MANDIANT is an information security company providing software, professional services and education to Fortune 500 companies, financial institutions, government agencies, domestic and foreign police departments and several of the U.S.’s leading law firms. MANDIANT engineers and security consultants are acknowledged experts in incident response, computer forensics, network security and application security. In addition to authoring eight books and numerous articles about rootkits, computer forensics and incident response, members of MANDIANT’s team have been featured on news programs including CBS’s 60 Minutes , CNN’s Talkback Live , NBC News and FOX News. MANDIANT operates office in the Washington, DC area, New York City and Los Angeles. For more information about MANDIANT visit or read M-unition, the company blog at .