UK Security Firm Builds Network Immune Systems to Prevent Data Loss
NEWS ANALYSIS: A UK security company has developed a new approach to enterprise security modeled on the immune system that promises faster, more effective responses to network threats.WASHINGTON, D.C.—It was impossible to escape the feeling as I joined the folks from DarkTrace for lunch at the Blue Duck Tavern here in Washington, D.C., that I was seated next to George Smiley, author John LeCarre's legendary spymaster. While Andrew France, formerly of the UK's Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), doesn't claim to be a spymaster, he was awarded the Order of the British Empire for his work with British Intelligence and the Ministry of Defence in 2005. We discussed some of the IT security challenges that I've written about many times and that he's confronted on a daily basis for decades. Security, he pointed out, is an impossible task. The Bad Guys keep trying to break into networks by outguessing your antivirus, anti-malware and intrusion detection systems. However, the problem is warding off all network intrusion attempts requires you to correctly out-guess every would-be intruder. The intruder only needs to be right once.
And that fact underscores the difficulty of enterprise security. It's made worse because it's not just the Bad Guys who threaten your networks. It's also the Good Guys, whether it’s employees who write their passwords on Post-It notes stuck to monitors, or the person who downloads credit card info to his iPad, there are many times that insiders present the biggest threat to an organization.