IDVector Emerges From Stealth to Offer Alternative Approach to VPNs
Security startup IDVector builds ephemeral connections though cloud providers to help provide security and some anonymity for users.Security startup IDVector, which provides an alternative approach to VPNs to help ensure secure access to internet resources, emerged from stealth mode this week. With most VPN technologies, user traffic is encrypted and routed through a gateway, but IDVector's goal is to go beyond a basic VPN by providing additional security assurances and even a degree of anonymity for users, Ben Baumgartner, co-founder and CEO, said. Rather than simply encrypting and then tunneling user traffic through a single gateway, IDVector sets up ephemeral paths through cloud providers. Both shared and private network paths are available on the IDVector system, Baumgartner explained. "The paths are ephemeral on-demand, cloud redirection egress nodes," Baumgartner told eWEEK. "When I say ephemeral, I mean the paths are built on cloud assets that are set up and taken down in a short period of time." The shared path option is a set of resources that can be live for up to 12 hours, while a private path might only be live for a few minutes. Users can get access to the IDVector platform either by way of a mobile application or with a USB hardware appliance.
Andrew Boyce, co-founder and CTO of IDVector, explained that the company uses Amazon, Rackspace and DigitalOcean cloud resources to enable the shared and private network paths. The deployment automation piece of IDVector is enabled by way of the open-source Ansible configuration management tool.