Vectra collaborates with VMware to deliver visibility into hidden cyber attacker behaviors throughout virtualized environments

June 1, 2017

Vectra Networks, the leader in automating the hunt for in-progress cyber attacks, today announced it will be leveraging the capabilities of VMware NSX® to accelerate the detection and mitigation of hidden cyber attackers in virtualized data centers, allowing for the mitigation of advanced threats close to the source in order to minimize potential damage.

Cyber attackers often pivot quickly from the point of entry to the data center. Attackers spend most of their time in the data center, where the lack of internal security controls and network visibility makes it easier for them to spy, spread and steal. Below the radar, attackers will then fan out across the infrastructure without being discovered.

Vectra reduces these risks by applying artificial intelligence that automatically detects cyber-attack behaviors, including command and control, lateral movement, internal reconnaissance and data exfiltration. This allows security teams to respond quickly to stop the progression of unknown and known threats.

“Targeted attackers can enter through the campus network and perform reconnaissance on located key data center assets, then begin moving laterally and escalating privileges,” said Kevin Kennedy, vice president of product management at Vectra. “Previously, the recon and lateral movement that represent the majority of attacker dwell time has gone undetected due to a lack of visibility into the traffic between workloads.”

By leveraging Vectra virtual sensors (vSensors) and VMware NSX, businesses have access to increased network visibility and have less security control limitations when using Vectra to continuously monitor all traffic in the data center. This closes the time gap between detection and response through automated, adaptive security policy enforcement provided by VMware NSX.

“VMware NSX made micro-segmentation both financially and operationally feasible, and has completely transformed security within the data center,” said Milin Desai, vice president, product management, networking and security business unit at VMware. “By leveraging NSX as a pervasive network virtualization platform, Vectra is able to offer customers unique capabilities that further improve security response times and reduce business risk.”

With Vectra leveraging the VMware NSX network virtualization and security platform to provide increased visibility into virtualized data centers, enterprises that run applications, data and shared computing resources via VMware NSX can reduce the risk of compromise, damage and theft of critical network assets.

Vectra and VMware NSX engineers are continuing to working together to build out automated workflow capabilities that create dynamic policies for faster incident response.

For more information, register to attend the June 28, 2017 webinar about the Vectra and VMware collaboration. You can also talk in person with a Vectra cybersecurity expert at Stand E225 at Infosecurity Europe in London or Booth 809 at the Gartner Security & Risk Management Summit in National Harbor, Md.

About Vectra Networks

Vectra Networks is the leader in automating the hunt for in-progress cyber attacks. Using artificial intelligence, Vectra correlates threats against hosts that are under attack and provides unique context about what attackers are doing so organizations can quickly prevent or mitigate loss. Vectra prioritizes attacks that pose the greatest business risk, enabling organizations to make rapid decisions on where to focus time and resources. In 2016, Vectra was named “Most Innovative Emerging Company” in the Dark Reading Best of Black Hat Awards. InformationWeek also named Vectra one of the Top 125 companies to watch in 2016. Vectra investors include Khosla Ventures, Accel Partners, IA Ventures, AME Cloud Ventures and DAG Ventures. The company is headquartered in San Jose, Calif. and has European regional headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland. For more information, visit

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