Headquarters: San Jose, Calif.
CEO: Hitesh Sheth
Summary: Vectra Networks' X-Series platform monitors corporate networks and uses data analytics to identify threats and prioritize alerts for incident responders. Vectra Networks is deployed in passive mode near the WAN gateway and takes a snapshot of the network and then monitors it for threat indicators, such as a cybercriminal's lateral movement to a server containing sensitive data.
Market Impact: One of Vectra Networks' six investors is Juniper Networks. The company's chief technology officer, Oliver Tavakoli, was a Juniper veteran, having served on the networking vendor's security business unit. The company's direct competitors include security startups Scuronix, 21CT and Bay Dynamics. Vectra Networks' approach is being closely followed by Damballa, which sells an automated breach detection system, and Arbor Networks, which sells appliances to defend against distributed denial of service attacks, but is building a broader antimalware platform. Symantec is paying attention to Vectra Networks.
It recently acquired more than 60 engineers from Boeing subsidiary Narus, which is a Vectra Networks competitor. Traditional security information event management platforms HP-Arcsight, LogRhythm and IBM-QRadar are also paying close attention to this growing space.