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Cloud Security Startup ProtectWise Creates Network DVR To Analyze Threats (hothardware.com) 41

MojoKid writes: A Denver-based security startup called ProtectWise has a rather interesting twist on a security as a service platform that also incorporates an innovative threat detection and management user interface. The ProtectWise security platform runs on a cloud-based infrastructure that currently utilizes Amazon AWS for storage and processing. ProtectWise is an all software solution comprised of a "Cloud Network DVR" platform made-up of virtual cameras in the cloud that record all traffic on the network. The sensors (12MB install package) record all network traffic wherever they're installed and stream it up to the ProtectWise platform where it is securely stored and the threat analysis is performed. The sensors can be configured with profiles to capture just light metadata like netflow or headers (source, destination etc.) all the way to the full payload. You can then playback the traffic from the ProtectWise cloud analytics platform, going months back if needed, and analyze the data for threats. You can go back in time and see if, where and how you've been compromised retrospectively. There's also a ProtectWise HUD that visualizes and renders network threat location and progression, allowing you to make better use of all the data recorded. It has a 'KillBox' that visually shows attack event progression across the network area. The only question has to do with compliance for financial applications since it is cloud-based. Currently, ProtectWise has 100 or so deployments of its product in the market with customers like Netflix, Hulu, Expedia, Pandora and Universal Music.
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Cloud Security Startup ProtectWise Creates Network DVR To Analyze Threats

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    • by ls671 ( 1122017 )

      Agreed, sending your protected LAN traffic and what not to the cloud. What could possibly go wrong?

      As a matter of fact, our current security setup wouldn't even allow the data to be sent.

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  • by fustakrakich ( 1673220 ) on Saturday February 27, 2016 @09:56PM (#51601445) Journal

    ...with customers like Netflix, Hulu, Expedia, Pandora and Universal Music...

    It looks more like a geo-location service and VPN/Tor detector

  • Confused, where are they putting all the software again?

    • >> The sensors (12MB install package) record all network traffic wherever they're installed and stream it up to the ProtectWise platform

      Cool, so I just install this on my router and...

      >> Well, you can't install it there. Try a spanning port and set up a completely separate box to run our "sensor"

      And how is this better than Snort from 2000 or so?

      >> F***!

      • Phffftt. 12MB! Is this thing written in Java? NetCat is only a couple of hundred bytes.

  • by taniwha ( 70410 ) on Saturday February 27, 2016 @10:32PM (#51601537) Homepage Journal

    So now we have private companies setting up gross hoovering of network traffic worldwide - listening in to all the world's net traffic.

    Why was it the powers that be want to get rid of good encryption again? certainly not to protect my credit card data when I buy stuff.

    The time for crypto everywhere is now!

    • Yes. Nothing screams security like copying every packet that crosses your LAN and storing it into the *cloud* somewhere. This is an NSA wet dream. They don't even have to take up their own drive space to store every packet, just get a warrant (hahaha) and get the data from Amazon.

  • by Anonymous Coward

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  • by kheldan ( 1460303 ) on Saturday February 27, 2016 @11:05PM (#51601595) Journal
    Now you too can have your own little NSA! Spy on your network just like the big boys!
  • Tortured analogy... (Score:4, Interesting)

    by 404 Clue Not Found ( 763556 ) * on Sunday February 28, 2016 @03:23AM (#51602237)

    What the hell is a "virtual camera in the cloud" and "network DVR"? It's a fucking packet logger, for chrissakes! I thought it meant a shared TiVo or cloud storage of traffic cameras or some bizarre thing like that. No, it just fucking logs packets.

    Would "Startup offloads network traffic analysis to the cloud" really have been that difficult? Fuck these unreadable clickbaity confusing headlines.

    • by amiga3D ( 567632 )

      That's what I was thinking. It's a fucking system to log traffic! What genius! How unique! They should quickly patent this.

    • I thought it meant a shared TiVo or cloud storage of traffic cameras or some bizarre thing like that. No, it just fucking logs packets.

      I came here to say the same thing. I guess I'll go back to what I was doing. Which is nothing.

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