Malicious hackers are coming into your network perimeters and getting inside your information systems. But, with a caveat, that’s exactly what security vendor Attivo Networks wants.

The company specializes in creating a complete “site of deception” inside a network. It is essentially a dummy duplicate network with the physical signature of the real network, so that is where attacks go while the real network remains secured, says Tushar Kothari, CEO of Attivo Networks.

“Once malware is in, it needs to be detected as soon as possible before data is breached,” Kothari explains. “We insert ourselves into the network and create an environment that looks like the real network. We let them attack for a while to assess the threat and use the signature to prevent future attacks.”

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Attivo is a startup—having started offering its product, called Attivo BOTsink, in late 2140—and has about 20 clients across multiple industries including healthcare. The company has supported private and enterprise clouds, but now is also rolling out support for use of its product by organizations that want to move to the cloud hosting of Amazon Web Services. “When clients move their data center to the cloud, our detection center can go with them,” Kothari says.

The company caters primarily to large organizations. More information is available here.

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