TaaSera develops preemptive breach cybersecurity systems based on its AWARE (Attack Warning and Response Engine) platform.
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Company Raises a Total $19.4M to Stop Cybersecurity Breaches Before Data is Lost or Stolen
CUPERTINO, Calif. and MCLEAN, Virginia, March 31, 2015 – TaaSera Inc., the leading provider of preemptive breach detection for cybersecurity, announced today that it recently completed its $14.5 million Series A round. To date TaaSera has raised $19.4 million since the company’s founding in 2012. TaaSera will use the new funds to accelerate sales, marketing and further development of the company’s AWARE (Attack Warning and Response Engine) platform for Preemptive Breach Detection.
Growing demand for the company’s flagship NetTrust solution, which expanded to 50 installations in just two quarters, provided strong market validation for both existing and new investors as the company rolls out its solutions for insider threat, cloud, mobile and endpoint breach detection, a hot space in cybersecurity.
“TaaSera has the most advanced behavior detection and analytics capabilities of any company in the fast-growing market for Breach Detection Systems. Our AWARE platform delivers a complete ecosystem of solutions for uncovering breaches in minutes rather than months – buying enterprises essential time to react before data are compromised,” said C. Scott Hartz, TaaSera CEO. “This latest financing signals investor confidence in company management, technology and sales performance, validating our mission of preempting data breaches before it’s too late.” Mr. Hartz is the former CEO of PwC Consulting and a former Director of Siebel Systems.
TaaSera’s mission is to build enterprise solutions that empower IT security professionals to identify and act in the critical stages of breach attempts and insider abuse – the window between when threats compromise IT systems and the point when targeted data is successfully stolen or destroyed. The company’s solutions are based on technology developed under U.S. Army-funded cyber R&D programs. TaaSera currently helps government, banking, financial services, insurance and healthcare customers identify and arrest unauthorized activity after malicious attacks inevitably defeat traditional IT security controls, but before critical data can be stolen.
“Companies like TaaSera are on the front lines of what will be an increasingly vigorous fight against malicious actors, hackers and other cyber bandits,” said Norman Winarsky, President of SRI Ventures and Vice President, SRI International. “TaaSera’s technology continuously monitors for post-infection, pre-breach behaviors, which means that companies can remediate cyber attacks before they result in traumatic damage – a critical advantage.”
TaaSera’s cybersecurity technology and AWARE family of products represent the fruition of over five years of patent-protected research working jointly with SRI International. By shifting the focus from edge protection to core detection, TaaSera’s NetTrust Preemptive Breach Detection System (BDS) solution uncovers and detects otherwise hidden indicators of malicious behaviors before a data or insider breach occurs.
Unlike tools that use network and file signatures, sandbox execution, baseline anomalies, big data or log file analysis, NetTrust uses patented behavior detection and analytics technology to see through well-planned attacks which don’t leave log evidence, obfuscate lateral movement and tunnel inside seemingly legitimate traffic to exfiltrate data. Enterprise security teams worldwide rely on NetTrust to detect, triage and respond to breach incidents far more quickly than ever before, minimizing the risk of data breach and disruption to business continuity.
About TaaSera, Inc.
TaaSera is the leader in Preemptive Breach Detection Systems (BDS). With clear evidence that 9 out of 10 enterprise environments are already compromised by exploited vulnerabilities and malware, TaaSera provides solutions to detect evidence of pending data breaches before data is lost or stolen.
Based on cyber security research by SRI International, TaaSera’s unique platform is protected by 12 patents around technology that maps the “Threat DNA” patterns of malicious coordinated network and endpoint behaviors without the use of signatures or sandboxes. The TaaSera team is comprised of security architects and subject matter experts with decades of experience in firewalls, intrusion detection, security event management, malware analysis and endpoint security.
TaaSera has offices in Cupertino, CA and McLean, VA. For more information, please visit taasera.com or follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/taasera.
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CUPERTINO, CA – TaaSera Inc. is pleased to announce the addition of its NetTrust product suite to the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) IT Schedule 70 held by A&T Systems, Inc. (A&T).
TaaSera’s NetTrust solution continuously monitors network traffic to empower security analysts and accelerate cyber incident response. Federal agencies now have the ability to identify at-risk systems, visualize threat behavior and act more quickly to contain compromised systems on the inside of their network perimeter. This new approach is built upon real time incident response and forensic analysis – a new paradigm in advanced cyber threat and risk management.
The GSA Schedule 70 serves Federal, State and Local government. TaaSera's offerings are available on the GSA IT Schedule 70 under contract # GS 35F-4003D effective October 30, 2014.
About TaaSera, Inc.
TaaSera is revolutionizing Cyber security forensic analysis and advanced response with its patent-protected NetTrust solution. Now, IT security professionals can gain invaluable minutes when responding to coordinated attacks.
Unlike traditional security tools that require highly trained professionals to analyze millions of events to identify a potential breach, NetTrust instantly “connects the dots” to provide visualization of threat behaviors for compromised systems and to prioritize them by risk. With NetTrust, for the first time incident response teams know where to focus their efforts, and how urgently they need to act.
TaaSera has offices in Cupertino, CA and McLean, VA.
About A&T Systems
A&T Systems Inc. is a 30-year old company and considered the “Go To” Solution provider for mission critical IT & telecom infrastructure requirements for Federal, State and Local Governments. A&T Systems specializes in Datacenter & Cloud Computing, Telecom Expense Management (TEM), Telecom Infrastructure & Upgrades, Website/Portal Implementations, Public Information & Communication Services, and maintains a full Professional Services Portfolio.
A&T’s relationship with GSA spans over two decades and encompasses providing mission-critical Software as a Service (SaaS), Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Managed Services supporting Cloud and On-Premise datacenter installations. A&T Systems serves customers across the entire US and overseas.
For more information, please visit taasera.com or follow us on Twitter @TaaSera.
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CUPERTINO, CA – TaaSera Inc. today announced the release of the NetTrust 2.0 Enterprise Edition for accelerated cyber security incident response and forensic analysis. NetTrust continuously monitors network traffic to correlate and analyze risky behaviors associated with advanced threats and coordinated attacks.
Every day, incident response teams identify, analyze and respond to millions of individual security events. It’s easy to miss critical alerts, and hard to connect the dots across every stage of the cyber kill chain. As a result, it takes an average 8 months to identify compromised systems inside the network perimeter; by then it's too late.
Traditional tools require security analysts to collect, analyze and interpret forensic evidence manually. In contrast, NetTrust’s “FAAR Sight” solution (Forensic Analysis and Advanced Response) automates triage, diagnosis and remediation by providing threat relevance and context across every stage of the infection lifecycle.
“We’re very excited to announce the next generation of our flagship product,” said TaaSera CEO Scott Hartz. “NetTrust allows security professionals to prioritize threats, resulting in maximized efficiency and valuable time saved responding to incidents. By assessing their enterprise risk profile at any given moment, they take a much more proactive security posture.”
FAAR Sight’s advanced threat visualization automatically “connects the dots” across millions of events to deliver risk-based systems analysis, threat classification and forensic drill-down. With NetTrust, security professionals, operations and incident response teams can quickly identify compromised systems, streamline response time and reduce their window of exposure.
Mike Thomas, Senior Security Architect at Erie Insurance, a Fortune 500 company, said, “TaaSera offers a unique approach for accelerating the collection and analysis of forensic evidence critical to effective cyber incident response. By providing context across the post-infection, pre-breach behaviors exhibited by advanced threats, the technology provides a more proactive way to respond to threats.”
NetTrust 2.0 Enterprise Edition includes enhanced threat visualization for ease of deployment, operations and analysis in either physical or virtualized environments. The software includes an integrated suite of automatic threat intelligence updates, as well as comprehensive REST APIs for integration with existing security infrastructure.
Also featured are enhanced rules for monitoring insider threats across web, application and database tiers, and integration with SIEM, Active Directory and vulnerability assessment solutions like QualysGuard and Rapid7.
NetTrust 2.0 Enterprise Edition is available for download today as a software-only virtual appliance, or as a network appliance. NetTrust is easy to use and quick to deploy, without the need to rely on signatures or build custom rules.
For a live demonstration, or to request a no-risk NetTrust security assessment, visit http://taasera.com or call TaaSera at 855-TaaSera (855-822-7372).
TaaSera is revolutionizing Cyber security forensic analysis and advanced response. With more than one thousand installations worldwide, TaaSera’s patent-protected NetTrust solution allows IT security professionals worldwide to gain invaluable minutes when responding to coordinated attacks.
Unlike traditional security tools that require highly trained professionals to analyze millions of events to identify a potential breach, NetTrust instantly “connects the dots” to visualize which systems may already be compromised and to prioritize them by risk. With NetTrust, for the first time incident response teams know where to focus their efforts, and how urgently they need to act.
For more information, please visit taasera.com or follow us on Twitter @TaaSera.
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