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Preempt

June 13, 2016 09:00 ET

Preempt Emerges From Stealth With Behavioral Firewall

New Startup Combines User Behavior With Automated and Adaptive Responses to Protect Enterprises From Security Breaches and Insider Threats

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwired - Jun 13, 2016) - Preempt today announced it has emerged from stealth with the release of the Preempt Behavioral Firewall. The Behavioral Firewall protects enterprises from security breaches and malicious insiders with an innovative approach that couples User and Entity Behavior Analysis (UEBA) with Adaptive Response to provide the most effective solution for both detecting and responding to threats. This proactive approach allows organizations to preempt threats in real-time without engaging already overwhelmed security teams.

"According to Verizon's DBIR, in 60 percent of breaches, attackers are able to compromise an organization within minutes. This highlights a need for real-time visibility into breach detection and response capabilities that can instantly preempt these threats," said Roman Blachman, co-founder and CTO of Preempt. "We built the Preempt Behavioral Firewall because traditional UEBA products can detect threats, but are unable to respond, and Next Generation Firewalls are too deterministic to understand User Behavior or obtain a fine-grain response to potential breaches and insider threats. One solution is all alert and no action, while the other is too blunt to be impactful."

"To be effective in our organization, gaining visibility into user and entity behavior was just the beginning," said Jim Beers, director of information security at Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pa. "Preempt's adaptive response capabilities will allow us to prevent threats in real-time without additional burden to our security team."

The Preempt Behavioral Firewall mitigates the impact of a breach by instantly verifying the identity of users through a set of adaptive responses dependent on the type of threat, user and other key security vectors. This proactive approach, along with greater visibility and insights, helps customers reduce their attack surface.

Key Capabilities

  • User and Entity Behavior Analysis and Insights provide greater visibility into an organization's risky users, endpoints, stale or compromised accounts, and privileged user behavior. Interactive analytics help reduce the attack surface before an incident occurs.

  • Adaptive Response and Enforcement includes granular response mechanisms (such as block, notify, allow, re-authenticate or multi-factor authentication) to take action and resolve suspicious activities when abnormal behavior is detected, and ensure business continuity.

  • Policy Engine arms security teams with actionable, flexible and customized pre-set rules, as well as personalized policies based on an organization's specific needs, to facilitate smart adaptive security controls that can respond to complex multi-stage threats.

  • Flexible Deployment allows the Behavioral Firewall to be installed in either in-line proxy or span port (sniffer) mode, enabling security organizations to increase security with minimal business risk and gradually enable automated response capabilities as they build confidence in the Behavioral Firewall.

"As the enterprise perimeter becomes obsolete, rather than trying to secure infrastructure, we are seeing a shift to securing humans," said Steve Herrod, managing director at General Catalyst Partners. "This shift has created a multitude of UEBA solutions, but there are two main issues with existing technology. First, the number of false positives puts a ton of unnecessary strain on IT teams, and second, once a threat is detected it is still up to the IT team to find a way to remediate it. Preempt eliminates both of these issues."

In April 2016, Preempt announced $8 million in Series A financing led by General Catalyst Partners with participation from well-known security leaders and innovators, including Mickey Boodaei and Rakesh Loonkar, founders of Trusteer, and Paul Sagan, former CEO of Akamai Technologies.

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About Preempt
Preempt protects enterprises from security breaches and malicious insiders with an innovative and patented approach that couples User and Entity Behavior Analysis and Adaptive Response to provide the most effective solution for both detecting and automatically responding to security threats. This proactive approach allows organizations to preempt threats in real-time without engaging already overwhelmed security teams. The company has its headquarters in San Francisco, CA and development in Israel. Learn more at www.preempt.com.

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