Solera Networks is partnering with Netronome in an effort to root out criminal activity disguised as secured socket layer (SSL) traffic.
The companies explained that combining Netronome's SSL Inspector appliance with the Solera DS analytics appliance allows enterprises to decrypt and analyse traffic on the network even when travelling through a secured channel.
The combined appliances give administrators a "man in the middle" system which can analyse traffic in both directions on the network and notify administrators of any suspicious activity.
Alex Seton, vice president of business development at Solera, told V3 that the combined offering will appeal primarily to the company's high-end clients such as government intelligence and defence agencies, but that the ability to analyse encrypted traffic is also of growing importance to large enterprises.
Data breaches from advanced persistent threats and sophisticated malware networks are becoming increasingly common, and an SSL analysis system could benefit all organisations, according to Seton.
"There is more and more encrypted data and secure traffic. Unfortunately, many of the threats we see today are masked within that traffic," he said.
Solera and Netronome are marketing their appliances as a combined solution, but neither product will be altered or bundled into the other. The two firms are pitching the SSL and analytics appliances as "best of breed" offerings that complement each other.
"There is really not much integration here at all," Seton explained. "[SSL Inspector] really acts by itself, and we syphon off the traffic and capture and index it."
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