SOURCE: High Tower

January 15, 2008 09:00 ET

High Tower Software Announces Cinxi

Award-Winning Software Developer Reveals Next Generation in High Performance Security Information and Event Management Appliances

ALISO VIEJO, CA--(Marketwire - January 15, 2008) - Security solutions developer High Tower Software today announced a new generation of high performance security appliances designed to help organizations collect disparate network log data, assess it for potential security and compliance regulations impact, and store it securely for audit purposes. Dubbed Cinxi (pronounced "seen-zee"), from the Latin "to surround and protect," the product line combines high performance hardware and a new modular software architecture to deliver a solution at the cutting edge of the security information and event management (SIEM) market.

Based on High Tower's previous generation of award-winning security appliances, the SEM 3200 series, the Cinxi series offers a full range of robust threat response, compliance monitoring, and data forensics capabilities organizations need to manage a broad variety of business risks.

Major features of the Cinxi product line-up include:

--  Multiple hardware platforms designed for organizations from small
    companies to global enterprises.
    
--  64 bit software system running on multi-core CPU architectures
    delivering up to 120,000 events per second (EPS) throughput.
    
--  Fast setup and configuration. Less than one hour from installation to
    full operation.
    
--  Service-oriented software architecture allows each module -- device
    integrations, log collection, event correlation, database, case management,
    reporting, etc. -- to run on a single system or in a distributed computing
    environment.
    
--  Hardware-based encryption of all data at rest and up to 45 TB of
    storage.
    
--  Reporting packs for major compliance standards such as PCI, FISMA, SOX
    and GLBA.
    
--  Built-in support for over 1,000 network devices, hardware systems and
    applications.
    
--  Automatic updating of new services, device integrations and reporting
    packages without taking the system offline.
    

A Major Evolution in SIEM

At the heart of the Cinxi line is a potent combination of high performance hardware and a modern service-oriented software architecture (SOA) written to take advantage of it. SOA-based systems are the backbone of the world's leading software and technology firms because they offer greater speed, flexibility and reliability than older monolithic software platforms.

As an SOA platform, each Cinxi appliance function -- network device support, log collection, event correlation, reporting engine, case management, etc. -- runs as an independent "service" utilizing just a portion of the system's multi-core CPUs.

"Each Cinxi appliance is effectively four to eight individual systems running on a single hardware platform," said High Tower's Vice President of Engineering, Dr. Greg Bolcer. "This makes Cinxi considerably faster than a traditional all-in-one SIEM system. It also makes it possible to quickly scale upward by distributing functionality across multiple appliances even if they're scattered around the world."

Additionally, with the service-oriented architecture, Cinxi users can update existing services and add new ones without interrupting the system's operation.

"Essentially, a Cinxi appliance can grow right along with the user's requirements," Bolcer said. "If new security threats arise, compliance mandates change, or new functionality is required, Cinxi can evolve to account for those changes without affecting operations. It's a major advance in the SIEM marketplace."

Multiple Platforms and Enhancement Options

Three Cinxi models are available in three different appliance configurations designed to meet specific performance needs.

--  Cinxi Ranger: a 1u appliance designed for smaller enterprises and
    regional offices of larger organizations. The system has 8GB RAM, two 1TB
    hard discs, hardware-based data encryption, and redundant, hot-swappable
    power supplies. Dual and Quad core CPU configurations are available with
    performance of up to 34,656 events per second (EPS).
    
--  Cinxi Midway: a 2u appliance designed for mid-sized enterprises and
    national offices of larger organizations. The system has a quad-core CPU,
    32GB RAM, six 1TB hard discs (RAID 5), hardware-based data encryption, and
    redundant, hot-swappable power supplies. Performance is up to 69,312 EPS.
    
--  Cinxi Enterprise: a 5u appliance designed for global enterprises. The
    system has dual quad-core CPUs, 48GB RAM, nine 1TB hard discs (RAID 5),
    hardware-based data encryption, and redundant, hot-swappable power
    supplies. Performance is up to 115,520 EPS.
    

For organizations with a need for large volumes of active storage, add-on storage cabinets are also available.

--  Cinxi Vault: a "plug-and-play" 3u storage cabinet with 15 TB of
    additional disc space. The Vault attaches to any Cinxi appliance and up to
    three Vaults can be daisy-chained together to provide up to 45TB of
    additional storage.
    

Ease of Installation and Use

Despite the slew of new features and performance enhancements, Cinxi maintains the same easy installation and setup that won its SEM 3200 predecessor industry accolades.

"Even though we've made more than 1,000 enhancements to Cinxi, the product is still the easiest and fastest to install and start using in the industry," Bolcer said. "Total time from setup to full functionality is less than an hour -- even in large and highly complex network environments."

Pricing and availability

The full line of Cinxi appliances will be available in February 2008. List prices start at $41,995. More information is available by contacting High Tower Software at 877-HI TOWER (877-448-6937), or on the web at www.high-tower.com.

About

High Tower is a global provider of information security products providing real-time visibility, alerts, and reports on network threats and organizational policy violations. Established in 1999 with technology originally developed at NASA, High Tower's award-winning line of Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) appliances with proprietary analytics, MetaRules™, simplify the process of analyzing and managing large volumes of network and security data. Designed by industry recognized security experts, High Tower solutions deliver a unified security console, streamline security operations, improve attack identification, speed incident response, and help to implement the controls necessary to meet regulatory compliance requirements for information security. Based in Orange County, California, High Tower has 60 employees including regional offices in Atlanta, Boise, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, New York, Sacramento, and Washington, D.C., plus a worldwide network of resellers. For more information, visit www.high-tower.com or call 877-HI TOWER (877-448-6937).

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