IntruVert Dives Into Intrusion-Detection Market

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IntruVert Networks is looking to make waves in the intrusion-detection market.

The new company, based here, launched Monday with $15 million in new funding from ComVentures, Trinity Ventures and Raza Foundries. The firm has a total of $21 million in funding.

IntruVert executives said the company's technology is an innovative, comprehensive approach to intrusion detection that accurately detects and blocks network attacks in realtime.

IntruVert's architecture, IntruShield, combines a variety of techniques to protect networks from known, unknown and denial-of-service attacks in multigigabit speeds, said Parveen Jain, IntruVert CEO and president.

"We provide a depth of technology that the industry hasn't provided," he said.

Customers are frustrated with current intrusion-detection systems because they can generate false alarms, rely on known threat signatures and are hard to manage, Jain said.

IntruShield overcomes those problems by combining signature, anomaly and denial-of-service detection techniques on a single, hardware-based platform, he said. The architecture also features flexible management capabilities, he added.

In April, the company plans to send products based on IntruShield to beta customers. The products are slated for general availability at the end of June. No pricing information is available yet.

IntruVert plans to build a channel of security solution providers to help it target the large enterprise and federal markets, Jain said. Raj Dhingra, vice president of marketing at IntruVert, said the company's products will provide partners with consulting and post-installation services opportunities.

Amit Yoran, a security expert who serves on IntruVert's technical advisory board, said the company's technology takes an innovative approach by combining software that is designed to improve performance and accuracy with custom hardware.

"The real performance enhancement comes from taking this next-generation software and marrying it with special-purpose hardware," he said.

Rebecca Bace, an intrusion-detection system expert and CEO of Infidel, a security consulting firm based in Scotts Valley, Calif., said IntruVert's technology is designed from the ground up to handle high-speed networking at the hardware level.

Customers of intrusion detection have specific ideas on areas where the technology needs improvement and IntruVert's engineers have listened carefully, said Bace, also a member of the firm's technical advisory board.

IntruVert Networks was founded in October 2000.

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