A US start-up plans to unveil technology next month that scans company phone lines to track down insecure "rogue" modems connected to the phone system.
Lee Sutterfield, president and co founder of Securelogix, said that although few people were addressing such security issues: "We're developing a set of technologies that allows you to protect your internal network system against attack through telephone networks."
For example, he explained, a common network security concern was the use of authorised modems, which are used by employees to connect to external networks.
"That's a huge problem for large organisations as well as small companies, which use modems as their primary method for network access," he said.
The firm's flagship Telesweep Secure offering is a scanner that automatically dials phone numbers throughout an organisation and identifies which lines are being used for voice, fax and data.
It comprises a Windows based management console and dialers that communicate over secure TCP/IP links. The product can automatically consolidate results from several dialers into a single report.
But Securelogix is also establishing a consulting service to provide standard Internet based network security services and services built around the company's proprietary technology.
Later this year, it also intends to introduce a complementary firewall called Telewall, which automatically terminates calls that violate security policy. The firewall notifies IT managers of the breach either by pager or email.
Securelogix was launched last autumn by four entrepreneurs, including two that set up Wheelgroup in Texas three years ago. Wheelgroup was purchased by networking giant, Cisco Systems, last spring for $12.4 million in stock.
The founders include Sutterfield and Rick Jordan, the firm's chief financial officer, Craig Heilmann and Todd Beebe, both of whom were formerly employed by Ernst & Young's network security computer consulting division. Of the other 30 staff that work at the organisation, some 17 are employed in engineering.
Securelogix has just secured about $3 million in financing from venture capital firm, Ambrosio & Sirois LLC, in return for an equity stake, which represents between 15-20 percent of its total shares.
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