Start-up wants to use Big Data to thwart security threats

Start-up Exabeam today came out of stealth mode, saying it plans to make available a big data security analytics product in a few months to help bring greater precision in identifying threats and incidents.

Exabeam’s three co-founders include its CEO Nir Polak, vice president of products Sylvain Gil, both formerly with Imperva, and chief technology officer Domingo Mihovilovic, formerly with Sumo Logic. They say they’ve come up with machine-learning technology that can utilize the information gained through a company’s existing security tools to squeeze needed precision out of them.

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“This is a big data security analytics platform that leverages existing log management and SIEM [security information and event management],” says Polak. There’s no need to re-build monitoring infrastructure because Exabeam is intended to easily plug into it in a “platform agnostic” way.

Nir Polak, founder and CEO of start-up Exabeam

The San Mateo, Calif.-based start-up, which was formed last year, also announced $10 million in venture-capital funding led by Norwest Venture Partners, plus Aspect Ventures and angel investor Shlomo Kramer. That brings a total of $13 million in  funding, the company says.

Although Exabeam won’t be providing full product details until later, its system is described as a way to further centralize data associated with security queries so that information about insider threats as well as external attacks against specific users can be gleaned through Exabeam.

“We’re building a ‘brain’ for this,” said Polak about the big data security analytics tool under development. There won’t be a need to have a data scientist to make use of Exabeam’s approach, when is intended to be help security analysts that might feel overwhelmed with alerts today coming from various products already deployed. The firm expects product to be out before year end.

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