‘Google-like’ Tool Aids Network SecurityJune 3, 2009 – 7:25 AM
Network administrators and security specialists have long had tools and software for analyzing the streams of traffic that course through company systems, but now a Marlborough, Massachusetts, startup wants to make the process a lot easier.
Dejavu Technologies recently released TrafficScape, an appliance that grabs network packets and converts them into XML documents, which are then pulled into a database that is searchable through a simple, Google-like toolbar.
The company is aiming the software at average investigators who may have the instincts needed to make smart searches through reams of data, but who lack specialized technical training, according to CEO John Ricketson.
“When it gets to dealing with networks, there are a lot of low-level engineering skills required. We’re trying to get tools that domain experts can use,” he said. Such individuals need to “have the tool get out of [their] way.”
TrafficScape can capture a wide range of protocols and document types, including email, VoIP calls, instant messages, PDFs, Internet searches, and various other forms of data, according to the company. Searches can be done in “near real time” or against a stored data set.