Solarflare, a specialist in application-intelligent networking solutions, announced enhancements to Capture SolarSystem (CSS) to address risk management and compliance issues facing financial institutions.
The latest version of CSS allows customers to capture the entire network traffic flow in a searchable form, offering improved visibility and network instrumentation capabilities for regulatory reporting, risk analytics, performance monitoring, threat detection and more.
CSS is an open software platform that enables distributed, high performance, pervasive capture of all network nodes, and includes key features such as line rate capture to disk, indexed query of captured data, and intuitive graphical user interface (GUI) allowing deployment of data capture solutions across enterprise data centers and other networks.
With an open API, CSS also can be integrated with third-party analytic applications to create customized data retention and analytics solutions.
"Our open API allows customers to use 3rd party analytics software or their own in-house tools to analyze the data that is captured by CSS," Solarflare CEO Russell Stern said. "This provides the most flexible and customer-friendly approach to analyzing the captured data. Of course, CSS comes complete with an intuitive GUI interface and indexed query capability and can be used as a fully contained solution for network capture."
CSS is designed to address the key risk management challenges faced by financial services institutions, enabling both buy-side and sell-side market participants to address several types of risk issues.
The platform can mitigate cyber-security risk by providing greater visibility into enterprise network, enabling prevention of hostile intrusion and data theft and allowing firms to address regulatory compliance requirements and deliver a comprehensive record of audit trail.
"CSS is designed as an open platform and can be deployed on industry standard servers, so it can be used pervasively across the data center, even in every rack," Stern explained. "Pervasive capture of all the network traffic in the data center is the best defense against malicious attacks, while providing network instrumentation capabilities for regulatory reporting, risk analytics, performance monitoring and more."
Businesses also can improve operational efficiency by proving proof of Service Level Agreements (SLAs) compliance, enhanced troubleshooting process and network analysis, and optimized electronic trade execution management with high performance precision time stamping capabilities.
"Risk management is becoming an increasingly visible and expensive issue in the financial market place," Stern said. "There is an increasing recognition that attacks will happen—it's a matter of when, not if they will happen, and how to keep pace with them to avoid future intrusions. Also, financial institutions are looking for ways to proactively address cyber security across the enterprise."