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Vectra detections will enable Juniper to block cyberattacks via API

Mike Banic, VP of Marketing
September 9, 2014

Today, Vectra AI participated in Juniper Networks announcement on the expansion of Spotlight Secure threat intelligence platform. Part of the technology expansion includes an open API that enables the Vectra X-series to communicate detection of in-progress cyber attacks to Juniper’s Spotlight Secure platform.

The integration enabled by this open API delivers three important benefits:

  • The ability to block the attack;
  • A single pane of glass; and
  • The flexibility and choice to deploy best-of-breed solutions

The Vectra Networks X-series platform was designed to augment perimeter security such as the Juniper SRX firewall. Perimeter security systems are designed to identify and stop the initial exploit that an attacker uses to gain access to your network. Recent headlines like the breach at Home Depot provide enough evidence that attackers are increasingly adept at evading perimeter defenses. A recent blog in the NY Times bits: Getting a Clear Picture of a Computer Network’s Security talks about the limitations of perimeter security and how to find the attacks that are getting through.

Vectra Networks’ X-series is an automated breach detection platform. To detect cyberattacks as they happen, Vectra listens to network traffic and uses machine-learning, statistical and heuristic algorithms to identify any phase of an ongoing attack. These phases include command and control communication using Remote Access Tools (RATs) or The Onion Router (TOR), reconnaissance where the attacker is building a map of your network, lateral movement including when the attacker steals credentials to access servers containing high-value information as well as the accumulation and exfiltration of data.

Signaling detections of attacks in progress via the Spotlight Secure open API will enable Juniper SRX services gateways to block the command and control as well as exfiltration channels of an attack, which may enable an organization to prevent or mitigate loss. The savings may be significant when you consider Forbes reports the cost of the data breach at Target Corporation breach to be in excess of $148 million.

Signaling via the API will enable Juniper customers to view and evaluate Vectra detections with intelligence from other systems in a single pane of glass. This will save time and will lead to faster action.

Finally, Juniper is providing flexibility and choice to their customers who invest in new must-have cyber security tools like the Vectra X-series platform with the ability to integrate security intelligence rather than create separate siloes.

About the author

Mike Banic

Mike Banic is the vice president of marketing at Vectra. Previously, he was vice president of global marketing for networking at Hewlett-Packard. Mike joined HP from Juniper Networks where he held the roles of VP of enterprise marketing and VP of marketing for Ethernet switching. Mike joined Juniper through the acquisition of Peribit Networks where he was VP of corporate marketing. Mike has held product marketing and product management roles at Trapeze Networks, Rhapsody Networks and Extreme Networks. He started his career as a system engineer at Artel Communications. Mike holds a BSEE from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts and previously served on the board of the Ronald McDonald House at Stanford.

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