Procera Networks delivers Network Intelligence solutions based on Deep Packet Inspection technology. Procera's PacketLogic solutions are used by Enterprises, Carriers, Broadband Providers and Higher Education institutions for high performance, scalable Intelligent Policy Enforcement and Application Delivery Networking deployments. PacketLogic solutions are deployed with customers in over 60 countries worldwide who value the unparalleled accuracy and performance of the PacketLogic solution.
Info Security PG: How have mobile applications and BYOD changed the enterprise security paradigm?
Derek Lownsbrough: Mobile Applications, and specifically the impact of BYOD in the enterprise, have created an uncontrolled environment that IT professionals can no longer easily manage. In the past, IT managers could control what applications were allowed to run on corporate systems, or at least ensure that those systems had the latest protection methods (AV, etc). They also had good control (usually through VPNs) of securing access to all enterprise data. With mobility and BYOD, they can no longer guarantee either of these protection mechanisms.
About Derek Lownsbrough
Derek Lownsbrough has been developing pioneering network technology for more than 15 years. Derek was one of the founders of Vineyard Networks which was recently acquired by Procera Networks. Prior to co-founding Vineyard Networks, Lownsbrough was Vice President of Engineering at Itiva, a leading developer of high definition content distribution systems. Lownsbrough previously was at Packeteer leading the engineering teams responsible for classification and security. Prior to this, he was the lead technologist at Workfire Technologies, a British Columbia-based company focused on Internet acceleration technologies (acquired by Packeteer in 2000). Derek holds a BA in English and a BS in Computer Science from the University of Victoria and holds three patents in network optimization.
Info Security PG: What's the importance of DPI in today's technology? Why is seeing what's on the network important?
Derek Lownsbrough: DPI enables a huge collection of use cases that can be implemented in network equipment. An enterprise security system with DPI, for example, can better manage P2P or messaging/VOIP applications than a standard firewall (which is wide open on port 80 for any "web" application"). For a financial institution trying to control and audit "covert channels" introduced by IM and Social Networking, this could be the difference between a successful Data Loss Prevention strategy and failure. The enterprise can also get better visibility into what applications are using the bandwidth on their network – understanding the difference between http-based streaming media and http downloading, for example, may determine if more bandwidth is needed for an enterprise, or simply that better bandwidth management is needed.
Info Security PG: How important is Layer 7 visibility to monitoring, managing and securing networks?
Derek Lownsbrough: Layer 7 visibility ensures that the network manager can get a handle on the content that is passing over their network as well as the traffic type – for example traffic specifically to Facebook (or even just Facebook chat) versus simple web browsing. Many enterprises are fine with employees spending time on Facebook, but they would prefer that they not play Farmville all day! Layer 7 visibility also provides security devices with a fine grain control capability, being able to control different application "properties" like allowing a user to download an FTP file, but not allowing them to upload a file, or even restricting specific files or servers from being accessed internally.
Founded in: 2008 CEO: Jim Brear Public or Private: Private Head Office in Country: United States Products: Procera Networks delivers Intelligent Policy Enforcement (IPE) solutions for network operators, leveraging industry-leading Deep Packet Inspection (DPI) technology. Procera's PacketLogic solutions are the engine that drives the new Digital Lifestyle enabled by advanced broadband networks.
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