Firm emerges from stealth flush with seed funding and looking to make defending the network a self-governing affair
Netography, a San Francisco-based provider of network security solutions, emerged from stealth mode this week with $2.6 million in seed funding and some well-known infosec experts set to lead the vendor in its charge to turn ordinary networks into intelligently self-correcting systems.
The Lowdown: Technical details of Netography’s flagship platform remain scant in advance of an actual product launch. According to company officials, the service essentially ingests telemetry from any network device, processes that information in the cloud with its proprietary algorithms looking for malicious activity or early indicators of compromise, then returns data that can be used by both human security teams and automated incident response tools to defend the business.
The Details: Netography’s service, which will be billed monthly based on the scope of the network being protected, is designed to complement existing network security controls and requires no additional devices or agents in the user’s environment, officials said.
The Netography platform is scheduled for release in the second quarter of 2019. The company will demo the technology at the RSA Conference in San Francisco next month.
Background: Leadership at Netography includes well-known DDoS mitigation pioneer Barrett Lyon as co-founder and CEO, and Dan Murphy as co-founder and CTO. Lyon and team founded Prolexic, later acquired by Akamai Technologies, and helped develop much of the DDoS protection technology still deployed today.
Lyon went on to found BitGravity (acquired by Tata Communications), XDN (acquired by Fortinet), and Defense.net (acquired by F5 Networks).
Murphy was most recently principal architect at Neustar, where he built the company’s proxy and Web application firewall service, including configuration, orchestration, analytics, and compliance adherence. He previously served as co-founder and CTO of BitScaler Technologies.
The Buzz: “After years of studying the evolving landscape, and building so many platforms, we realized the answer was right in front of us,” said Netography CEO Lyon. “Flying blind from both a network operations and security perspective is almost criminal in this day and age of so much information. The era of ‘capture everything’ is in the past and now we can remotely solve these problems that first-generation network traffic analyzers, DLP, and SIEM tools have struggled to address.”
“No one understands networks, how they act, the information they provide, and how to protect them better than Barrett and his team,” said software-defined networking pioneer Martin Casado, now a general partner at Andreessen Horowitz, the firm that provided Netography’s seed funding. “They have been ahead of the curve in securing evolving infrastructure for the past 20 years. Now they are completely flipping the security model on its head. Netography is making network devices once only managed by people smarter and capable of self-correction.”