RapidFire Tools Inc., a provider of IT assessment solutions, has launched Detector, a new software appliance that enables MSPs to more easily identify internal threats to client networks. The software appliance automatically scans a company’s network on a scheduled basis for suspicious anomalous user behaviors, unexpected network changes, and internal threats. Additionally, it sends out daily alerts to the MSP regarding the detected issues as well as weekly notices with a complete list of changes that have occurred on the network, giving a quick reference source and a means by which to document a historical chain of events.
“Much of the industry’s focus on IT security has been on detection and prevention of data breaches caused by external hackers, viruses, worms and the like,” says Mike Mittel, CEO and president at RapidFire Tools. “MSPs have been relying on firewalls, AV, spam filters and other similar tools to secure their clients’ networks. But most IT security breaches stem from internal sources, including malicious internal users, accidental changes or misconfigured network settings. Detector will find these internal threats, and will alert the MSPs on a daily basis.”
According to the company, the security tool incorporates “machine learning” that allows it to become “smarter” the longer it is attached to a network. It also employs a proprietary SMART-TAG feature that allows the MSP to fine-tune the tool with additional information to identify relationships and reduce false-positives. With the SMART-TAG system, MSPs can layer-on additional meta-information about each client’s network environment to increase the Detector’s effectiveness. This system also includes support for PCI and HIPAA compliance-specific alerting.
“The new Detector appliance plugs a huge hole in network security, and does so at a rock-bottom price that the typical MSP can afford to deliver to every client,” notes Mittel. “We want to give MSPs the convenience and comprehensive benefits of an automated internal security system, yet also give them the ability to easily fine-tune it to meet the unique set-up of each individual client. This way, they receive meaningful alerts of suspicious internal activity to investigate, without being bogged down by a lot of noise.”
Pricing for an annual Detector software appliance subscription is $69 per month or $690 for the year if pre-paid. A plug-and-play hardware version is available for an additional $40 per month.