nPulse Technologies Launches Cyclone Network Forensics Platform for the 10 Gig World
Cyclone Adds Line-rate Application Layer Metadata Generation and Big Data Security Analytics Console to World’s Fastest Packet Capture, Delivering Expeditious Reconstruction of Cyber Attack Kill Chains
SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Today at the RSA Conference 2014, nPulse Technologies announced the launch of its Cyclone Network Forensics Platform, designed to dramatically slash incident response times. Cyclone builds on nPulse’s performance leadership in full packet capture by adding advanced, line-rate extraction of crucial application layer security metadata and a flexible big data security analytics framework to index, search, analyze, and visualize network traffic and expeditiously reconstruct cyber attack kill chains. Cyclone helps security professionals immediately pivot from overwhelming amounts of data and disparate security alerts to precise, actionable information on malicious activity. By automating a comprehensive cycle of steps ensuring that all network traffic is captured and inspected for forensics and incident response activities, Cyclone provides the traffic visibility necessary to defeat attacks and reduce mean time to resolution for advanced network threats.
“Combating advanced cyber threats hidden in faster, more diverse network traffic demands near real-time forensic visibility and analysis at core network speeds – capabilities that incumbent technologies dating from the ‘1 gig world’ simply do not offer”
The core components of nPulse’s Cyclone Network Forensics Platform include:
- Capture: Cyclone leverages nPulse’s Capture Probe eXtreme (CPX) appliance to perform sustained, lossless full packet capture at core network speeds up to 20 Gbps. Through its patented multi-level index, CPX can search recorded traffic at 160 times its rate of capture – meaning that in less than one minute CPX can search and display traffic data that competing products can take up to a day to retrieve. CPX concurrently exports standard flow records in IPFIX format to nSpector, nPulse’s management console.
- Metadata Extraction: nPulse’s new Security Probe eXtreme (SPX) appliance inspects network traffic at line rate and extracts OSI Layer 7 metadata about the traffic, such as application used, e-mail addresses, file types and DNS records. SPX seamlessly exports this data in standard IPFIX format to nSpector.
- Big Data Security Analytics: nPulse’s new management console, nSpector, completes the Cyclone Network Forensics Platform by indexing the metadata from SPX and CPX, enabling centralized search across the enterprise for traffic of interest, analysis of the traffic, and custom dashboards. Built to leverage the Open Stack private cloud platform, nSpector also supports third-party threat intelligence feeds, giving administrators the ability to analyze historical traffic using particular indicators of compromise that can help expose a cyber attack in progress and avert future attacks.
“Combating advanced cyber threats hidden in faster, more diverse network traffic demands near real-time forensic visibility and analysis at core network speeds – capabilities that incumbent technologies dating from the ‘1 gig world’ simply do not offer,” said nPulse CEO Tim Sullivan. “With the launch of nPulse’s Cyclone Network Forensics Platform, customers defending today’s fastest networks can gain near real-time insight into areas where seconds count – including which attack vectors are most often exploited against their organization or which of their network defenses are being bypassed by malware navigating the ‘kill chain’ between an attack’s launch and a successful compromise.”
RSA Conference attendees can receive a demonstration of the Cyclone Network Forensics Platform at nPulse’s booth (#741 South Expo) or view an online video for more details.
By incorporating both full packet capture and Layer 7-enriched metadata for 10 Gbps networks, the Cyclone Network Forensics Platform continues nPulse’s tradition of delivering disruptive technologies to customers at a cost that is disruptive to the competition. With Cyclone, customers will be able to use less data sources of higher value for better decision-making in incident response while at the same time driving down operations and maintenance costs. Layer 7-enriched metadata delivers 80% of the context that full packet capture delivers at 20% of the storage cost. Cyclone enables customers to make rational tradeoffs between full packet capture and metadata, thus returning basic risk management principles to the practice of cyber security.
“Over the past decade, attackers have moved deeper into the packet,” Sullivan added. “As network defenses, controls, and detection techniques have improved, attackers have had to ‘move up the OSI stack’ to avoid detection and maintain persistence. Moving up the stack allows attackers to change where their malicious code communicates easily and at a moment's notice. This new paradigm requires Layer 7 data to detect intrusions and expeditiously reconstruct kill chains. As attackers move up the stack, we are moving with them. Layer 7-enriched meta-data coupled with our ability to provide full packet capture gives Cyclone users a solid foundation upon which to perform the network forensics necessary for detecting and responding to intrusions in a timely manner, while managing overall risk and averting future incidents.”
About nPulse Technologies, Inc.
nPulse Technologies is the performance leader in network forensics. Leading financial institutions, government agencies, telecommunications carriers and other organizations rely on nPulse solutions to enhance security monitoring, shorten incident response times and increase returns on existing security investments. For network forensic analysts looking to significantly reduce incidence response time, nPulse solutions enable expeditious reconstruction of the kill chain. Unlike competitive solutions that are unable to operate at 10 Gbps sustained speeds and take hours to analyze network traffic, nPulse solutions are designed to perform at 10 Gbps, full duplex - capturing, inspecting, and exposing indications of compromise within minutes. For more information visit www.npulsetech.com