Talking Security Context at Next Week’s Gartner Summit

By Feris Rifai at 6/19/2014 9:23 AM
Filed Under: Security Analytics

Feris Rifai, CEO of Bay DynamicsContext. If you really want to step up your protection efforts and stop insider threats, APTs and a host of other attacks, you need context. Context starts with understanding the difference between acceptable behavior and meaningful deviations. That’s my mantra going into the Gartner Security & Risk Management Summit next week, where I’ll be participating in a panel: “Security Startups: Leading the Way to Success.”


Coming on the heels of Bay Dynamics inclusion in Gartner’s Security Intelligence Cool Vendor report, this panel provides me the opportunity to talk about areas where organizations can take a different approach to their protection efforts. Not only will I be talking about the current gaps in security practices, but also the relatively easy steps organizations can take to break their security silos and integrate better intelligence, so that they can quickly and effectively assess risk and take action.


That sounds like a big promise, so let me put it this way: If it was easy to baseline user activities, why wouldn’t you want to do it? It would allow you to identify activities that may be precursors to an incident – whether it’s an employee’s malicious act or an automated action taken by their computer or device.


Until now, it’s been unrealistic to take a user centric approach to protection, which is why algorithm-based network, host and endpoint solutions have been so essential. But in 2014, algorithms can’t understand nuance. Simply put, they cannot determine context.


So, if you are in Washington D.C. next week, stop by the Gartner show. I’ll be happy to talk to you about the changes taking place to make contextual, user-centric protection a reality.

Bay Dynamics: A Cool Vendor in Security Intelligence

By Feris Rifai at 5/19/2014 9:30 AM
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Gartner recently published its "Cool Vendors in Security Intelligence," highlighting vendors that offer innovative, forward-thinking solutions to address today’s emerging security challenges. And I'm proud to announce that Bay Dynamics was included in the report! 


According to Gartner: “In 2014, vendors featured in this report are expanding monitoring from multiple monitoring sources to develop risk metrics based on tracked deviations. They are providing more intelligent visual platforms for discovering risk in IT operational technology (OT) environments, and are allowing organizations to share threat intelligence information in a trusted, collaborative environment while remaining anonymous.” 


Our customers have seen the value that Risk Fabric provides firsthand. By enabling security teams to identify potential risks and security events based on employee activities, we are delivering the information risk intelligence into the root causes of attacks that allows them to effectively and efficiently address their most urgent threats. We take a user-focused approach to security – analyzing, baselining and rating the risks associated with each employee based on their job roles and the access they possess. This allows users to monitor behaviors and gain greater context into events, which in turn accelerates the identification and remediation of threats. As a result, customers see fewer false positives from their other IT security tools (i.e. data loss prevention solutions) and can address threats and breaches in real time.


Want to see for yourself how one of Gartner’s Cool Vendors in Security Intelligence can help your organization make the most of its big data gathering and allow for quick, corrective action against today’s cyber threats? Please, contact us today.  

Bay Dynamics Medals!

By Darren Prager at 3/6/2014 9:59 AM
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The Winter Olympics just finished with the closing ceremonies in Sochi, and athletes from all over the world celebrated their participation and medals (well, maybe not Shaun White).  


While we don’t have a Halfpipe or Bobsled competition, the security industry celebrates its top performers, as well, at the Info Security Global Excellence Awards. These annual awards honor security and IT vendors with advanced, ground-breaking products and solutions that set the bar higher in all areas of security technology. From security hardware to firewalls, encryption to smart cards and beyond, the industry sends its best to compete. And we are happy to announce that Bay Dynamics was a winner in the Innovation in Enterprise Security category with our Risk Fabric solution. 


Risk Fabric helps customers maximize their existing big data capabilities by adding advanced analytics for baselining employee behavior and detecting anomalous activity. The solution analyzes, baselines, and rates the risks associated with each employee based on their job and the access they possess. It relies on advanced algorithms to automatically identify and track users’ roles based on their activities and the volume, velocity and variety of sensitive data they interact with regularly. This user-centric approach allows organizations to proactively monitor, manage and mitigate the highest priority risks instead of expending resources on sifting through normal security events.


If you’d like to hear more about how Risk Fabric is helping some of the world’s largest financial, communications and manufacturing institutions by enabling users to identify risks and potential security events based on employee activities and patterns of behavior, please contact us. We can even show you our medal.