Arbor Networks has added a new Network Security Intelligence (NSI) analytics tool to its Pravail protection product line, designed to help companies mitigate and detect insider and advanced threats on their networks.
The NSI tool works by monitoring a company's network traffic data and offering them analytics on any potential security gaps.
Arbor claims the tool will help companies move to a more intelligence-based security model, offering IT managers situational awareness.
The increased powers will then allow businesses to spot advanced threats, internal network misuse and abuse, and infected smart devices connecting to the company network, the firm said.
The update marks a change in direction by Arbor, which traditionally focused on distributed denial of service attack protection.
The expansion in scope is a reaction to changes in the threat landscape, Arbor Networks' EMEA solutions architect team lead, Darren Anstee told V3.
"The threat landscape has evolved considerably in the past few years. On the one hand DDoS attack vectors have become more sophisticated, with application layer attacks and multi-vectors attacks now the norm," he said.
"On the other hand malware has also become more sophisticated, as have the obfuscation techniques used to try and bypass the devices at our network perimeters tasked with ensuring our security.
"Our customers need visibility of what is going on inside their network perimeters, as well as protection from DDoS attacks, to secure their businesses."
The NSI's release coincides with widespread calls within the security industry for companies to move from outdated perimeter-based cyber defence strategies to intelligence-based ones.
Most recently, RSA executive chairman Art Coviello and president Tom Heiser indicated that the slow progress of companies changing to the new model is largely due to outdated privacy laws that force businesses to use more outdated security practices.
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