Red Lamba’s AI-Enabled Security Solution Stands Up To Operational Data Volume And Velocity Challenge
Red Lambda, a company spun out of the University of Florida, late last month was recognized by The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA)’s NextGen program for providing the most innovative security solution. SIIA cited its advances in supercomputing, relational stream processing and artificial intelligence as part of its integrated MetaGrid platform and analytics capabilities as highlights for protecting enterprise data.
The rules approach taken by many antivirus and security information management solutions to root out threats based on what was learned in past breaches has its place. But “Red Lambda wants to identify activity and patterns of activity that can be seen as a breach or potential breach,” says company CTO Dan Nieten. “One of the things neural networking is very useful for is for deep learning and also dealing with unknowns, and cyber-security world is a world where you have to deal with a lot of unknowns.” To battle threats that get past the first lines of defense, more attention is starting to be paid “to use AI, to apply statistical and machine learning methods in the area of security, to identify breaches,” says Nieten, whose own background is in NLP and machine learning.
It’s an operational data volume and velocity challenge, though, to detect anomalies by exploring network traffic, log files and so on; log files can hold tens of thousands of entries per second. The company’s approach is to do a few passes across the data in near realtime fashion, trying to group data together to determine if it appears to be normal activity or potentially a problematic outlier, using its AI engine to look for similarities across streams of disparate data. “The idea is using some unsupervised machine learning technologies and similarity measurements so we can group things together and do a prediction of risk and novelty of the things we see within individual feeds and across feeds, and bring that to someone’s attention,” if it seems warranted. With the help of machine learning, it’s possible to tune the solution to err more or less on the side of caution based on a company’s own thresholds. And, “when the algorithm makes a misdiagnosis, you want to be able to tell it anything within that similarity threshold, don’t repeat mistake,” he says. The algorithm itself, the AI engine, he adds, is adaptable “not just to different environments but over time can adapt to changes in the enterprise, to quantity of data and type of data.” Speed and Context Matter A focus on streamtime speed is critical as it relates to identifying anything that could meet certain risk criteria, as in parallel, is a focus on context, even if it adds some latency into the processing flow.
Log messages that come off of security devices and packets are primarily composed of structured data in fields and unstructured data in message sections. “The challenge with log messages is that unlike a corpus of documents, you do not have a volume of text contained in each one of these events,” he says. “We use more statistical methods from the natural language side to derive and extract context from that.” Looking at both speed and augmenting the streamtime processing with contextual information has an impact on improving accuracy. While you can correlate two outlying events, “without context you can’t go from correlation to causation,” Nieten says. “Without context, information is just a correlation of events based on the temporal spatial aspects of what’s coming in, but you need to be able to do causation to look at patterns.” It’s a significant challenge but also a significant reward “if you can crack part of the nut and get to certain levels of accuracy with what you predict,” he says. “If u could prevent one of these security breaches or shut down faster than it’s being done today, there’s a lot to be saved cost-wise.” Nieten says there’s been a bit of a lag in adopting new security technologies, but that things may accelerate given that we’ve reached whole new levels of identity theft, where millions of people’s information is stolen in one gulp. “There has been a lag in trying to move to machine learning and statistical analysis [for security],” he says, but until recently “the problem has not been at that scale.”
MW3 AT BARCELONA
MW3 is on its way to the “Mobile World Congress” huge event held in Barcelona. It’s considered the blueprint for the NEXT big innovation. Whatever is coming NEXT will likely be born at Mobile World Congress 2014 – either announced on stage during our Conference program, showcased in our award-winning Exhibition, or conceived during one of the thousands of meetings taking place during the week. About the event A world-class thought-leadership Conference featuring visionary keynotes and panel discussions. A cutting-edge product and technology Exhibition featuring 1,700 exhibitors The world’s best venue for seeking industry opportunities, making deals, and Networking. App Planet, the Centre of the Mobile Apps Universe, where the mobile app community gathers to learn, network and engage with innovators. mPowered Industries, a new conference and exhibition program taking place in Fira Montjuïc for those in the Health, Advertising, Broadcast and Travel industries. And the Global Mobile Awards program, where we recognize advancements and achievements in the industry.
TE Data and Telecom Egypt Sign Partnership with Automation Consultants to provide Software as a Service
13 July 2014
TE Data, Egypt's leading Internet Services Provider, have signed a business partnership agreement with Automation Consultants that will enable TE Data to offer the Automation Business Cloud (ABC) software applications to the private and public sectors in the Egyptian market.
The Partnership is the first of its kind in the Egyptian market and will lead both TE Data and Automation Consultants in pioneering and leading the Egyptian market and setting the stage for offering the wide range of Automation Consultants' cloud-based software applications to SMEs, government and public sectors.
NASA Parachute Engineers Have Appetite for Destruction
Engineers from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, are bound and determined to destroy a perfectly good parachute this week during the latest test for the Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) project. The parachute to be tested at the China Lake Naval Air Weapons Station in California is the same 100-foot (30.5-meter) parachute design that flew during the first supersonic flight of LDSD this past summer. That test took place in June in Kauai, Hawaii, at the U.S. Navy's Pacific Missile Range Facility.
The upcoming test, employing a Navy Seahawk helicopter, almost 4,000 feet (1,200 meters) of synthetic rope and a rocket sled packing four solid rocket motors with 280,000 pounds (127,000 kilograms) of thrust, is scheduled to take place on Thursday, October 9, weather permitting.
"Whenever you get to see a rocket sled in action, that is a good day," said Mark Adler, project manager for NASA's LDSD project at JPL. "When you watch the sled rip apart something you worked very hard in creating, and be happy about it, that is a great day."
The goal of the LDSD project's Parachute Design Verification test 1-1B is to place stresses on NASA's Supersonic Disksail Parachute that will cause the 8,000 square feet (740 square meters) of synthetic fiber and ripstop nylon to fail structurally. It is the latest in a series of tests developed to evaluate two new landing technologies for future Mars missions.
"Our parachute has a not-to-exceed load during normal operations of 80,000 pound-force of pull," said Adler. "Then there is another load rating well beyond that, where we expect the chute to fail. That is 120,000 pounds-force of pull. Well, to ensure we get to see how the chute fails and at what load, we configured the sled so it can get up to 162,000 pounds-force of pull when all the rockets kick in. The details of the failure will be used to calibrate our models, and if the failure is earlier or in a different place than expected, we will address that in the parachute design before our supersonic flights this coming summer."
When the test begins, a Navy helicopter crew will lift the still-packed parachute, trailing on a very long, very sturdy rope and a chunk of ballast known as the "bullet," to about 4,000 feet (1,200 meters) and then drop it.
At this point, a 300-horsepower winch -- connected to the other end of the rope -- begins pulling. The parachute inflates, and the whole setup -- rope, bullet and inflated parachute -- descends toward the surface and the rocket sled at about 15 mph (24 kilometers per hour).
Near the surface, the bullet will enter a funnel, which guides it into a latching mechanism on the rocket sled. When this latch-up occurs, the first two of four 70,000-pound (32,000-kilogram) thrust solid rocket motors fires. A few seconds later the second set of rockets kicks in. The test is expected to apply the full load on the parachute canopy in about five seconds.
The parachute is the same design used during the first high-altitude supersonic flight test of the LDSD project last June, which was launched from Kauai. During the Kauai test, which was a shakeout flight designed to explore the capabilities of LDSD's saucer-shaped test vehicle, the test parachute shredded during its deployment at nearly 2,000 mph (3,200 kilometers per hour).
"That test was such a blessing to this program," said JPL's Ian Clark, principal investigator for the LDSD project. "We got an early look at the parachute we were going to test in 2015 and found we needed to go back and rethink everything we thought we knew about supersonic parachute inflation. When we combine what we learned there with the data set from this test, we should have a new working model on how to build large supersonic parachutes."
A new supersonic parachute design is expected to be ready in time for the next round of Kauai flight tests scheduled for the summer of 2015.
"This is going to be fun," said Adler. "Basically, we are going to watch this test with every instrument we can get our hands on and then watch the parachute be destroyed. Then we will apply what we learn to our future parachutes."
More information about the LDSD space technology demonstration mission is online at:
NASA's Space Technology Mission Directorate funds the LDSD mission, a cooperative effort led by JPL, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena. NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, manages LDSD within the Technology Demonstration Mission Program Office. NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops Island, Virginia, is coordinating support with the Pacific Missile Range Facility and is providing the balloon systems and core avionics for the LDSD test.
For more information about the Space Technology Mission Directorate, visit:
Prime Access Takes Two PM360 Trailblazer Awards
NEW YORK, Oct. 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Five years after creating a pharmaceutical & health care vertical in its business portfolio, the 9.8 Group Inc., a marketing communications holding, continues to receive recognition for its market impact, having been honored in two categories at the 2014 PM360 Trailblazer Awards.
PM360, a monthly magazine for marketing decision makers in the pharmaceutical, biotech and medical device industries, has awarded Prime Access, a subsidiary of the 9.8 Group, with the PM360 Trailblazer Initiative Award as a Multicultural Campaign Silver Winner for its 2013 Hypertension US Hispanic Campaign. The award was an addition to PM360 recognizing Steven Millerman, CEO of Prime Access, with the PM360 Trailblazer Marketer of the Year Award.
For the 9.8 Group, the win adds to a growing list of marketing awards in the pharmaceutical industry, including 2013 American Advertising Federation's Mosaic Award for Best Multiethnic Media Usage, and the 2012 and 2013 DTC National Gold Advertising Awards for Best Multicultural Campaign and Best Branded Print Campaign. For Prime Access, the dual win arrives on the heels of more than 25 pharmaceutical brand engagements in only the last two years, since it became a 9.8 Group portfolio company. The PM360 recognition further highlights the industry's increased focus on the rapidly growing multicultural consumer market, as well as the agency's unique positioning at the intersection of health care and multicultural markets.
"The 9.8 Group is focused on driving innovation and growth across its portfolio businesses by working in verticals and providing them with financial backing and strategic methodology to deliver success. To see Prime Access honored in this way underscores its commitment to excellence and the strength of our approach," said Givi Topchishvili, Founder and CEO of the 9.8 Group.
The Hypertension US Hispanic Campaign is representative of the agency's efforts. Utilizing extensive research findings, Prime Access created a branded campaign for a hypertension medication with reach and resonance across gender, country of origin, and geographical region. The campaign was one of only a handful in 2013 to target the US Hispanic audience with an original creative effort, as opposed to work adapted from a general market strategy and creative platform. The effort drove brand growth and increased awareness of high blood pressure within the US Hispanic community.Steven Millerman was honored as Marketer of the Year, which recognizes the year's game-changing team in pharmaceutical, biotech, or medical device marketing.
"We are honored to shine a spotlight on the most innovative and creative initiatives from the past year," says Anna Stashower, CEO and Publisher of PM360. "All of our winners faced fierce competition as we received an overwhelming number of submissions, but each demonstrated a remarkable achievement through their strategy, execution and, ultimately, value to the industry."
Winners were honored during a special reception at Gotham Hall on September 18th, 2014, and will be featured in the October issue of PM360.
About 9.8 Group
The 9.8 Group is a strategic holding company with a portfolio of specialty firms and branded solutions in technology, media, healthcare, and communications. Throughout its history, the 9.8 Group has successfully capitalized on the most promising market sectors and provided its partners with the opportunity to share the success, while remaining socially responsible and sustainable. It's primary focus is in the biotech, travel and market entry verticals.
About Prime Access
With over 20 years of success, Prime Access is the only full-service advertising and marketing communications company at the intersection of health care and multicultural markets.
Find out how Prime Access can be a Cultural Catalyst for your brand at www.prime-access.com.
Red Lambda Named a Red Herring Global 100 Winner
Orlando, FL – November 24, 2014—Red Lambda, a global provider of cyber security threat detection solutions, today announced that it has been named a Red Herring 100 Global winner. This award celebrates the year’s most innovative and far-reaching private technology companies and entrepreneurs from North America, Europe and Asia.
Red Herring’s Top 100 Global list has become a mark of distinction for identifying promising new companies and entrepreneurs. Red Herring editors were among the first to recognize that companies such as Facebook, Twitter, Google, Yahoo, Skype, Salesforce.com, YouTube, Alibaba Group and eBay would change the way we live and work.
“Choosing the companies with the strongest potential was by no means a small feat,” said Alex Vieux, publisher and CEO of Red Herring. “After rigorous contemplation and discussion, we narrowed our list down from hundreds of candidates from across the globe to the Top 100 Winners. We believe Red Lambda embodies the vision, drive and innovation that define a successful entrepreneurial venture. Red Lambda should be proud of its accomplishment.”
Red Herring’s editorial staff evaluated the companies on both quantitative and qualitative criteria, such as financial performance, technology innovation, management quality, strategy, and market penetration. This assessment of potential is complemented by a review of the track records and standing of startups relative to their peers, allowing Red Herring to see past the “buzz” and make the list a valuable instrument of discovery and advocacy for the most promising new business models from around the world.
Red Lambda was recognized for its patented MetaGridTM technology, a next generation advanced threat detection solution that gives businesses, governments and other organizations the ability to detect previously undetectable threats—the “unknown unknowns”—that legacy solutions are unable to identify. MetaGrid’s patented combination of technologies—virtual supercomputing, relational streaming processing and artificial intelligence—removes barriers to scale, speed, data ingestion and correlation, enabling organizations to move beyond the constraints of signature-only anomaly detection to find even previously undetectable threats in real time. Working in combination with an organization’s current IT security solutions, MetaGrid unifies data acquisition, correlation, analysis and response processes, closing huge gaps that have existed for years in existing security approaches.
“We are very proud to be recognized by Red Herring,” said Bahram Yusefzadeh, executive chairman, Red Lambda. “What drives us every day is a passion to turn the tables on cybercriminals, whether it’s a rogue individual or a state-sponsored attack. Every business, government and infrastructure on the planet is looking for a solution to this challenge. Yet technologies from even just a few years ago are not capable of dealing with the sophisticated attacks being perpetrated today. This award cements the fact that MetaGrid does have the answer the industry has been waiting for to put attackers on defense.”
“This has been a banner year of industry recognition for Red Lambda,” said Iain Kerr, CEO, Red Lambda. This is the third time this year Red Lambda has been recognized for our threat detection technology. In May, we were named a Red Herring Top 100 North America winner and in September, we received Most Innovative Company from SIIA NextGen Awards in Security. Today, we are deeply honored to be selected by Red Herring again as one of the most exciting startups in the world. We have seen an exponential increase in the level of interest from organizations worldwide and are confident that Red Lambda is in the right place, at the right time, with the right solution.”
The Global 100 award was presented to Red Lambda at a gala awards ceremony on November 20 during the Red Herring Global forum in Los Angeles, November 18-20.
About Red Herring
Red Herring is a global media company, which unites the world’s best high technology innovators, venture investors and business decision makers in a variety of forums: a leading innovation magazine, an online daily technology news service, technology newsletters and major events for technology leaders around the globe. Red Herring provides an insider’s access to the global innovation economy, featuring unparalleled insights on the emerging technologies driving the economy. For more information, visit www.redherring.com.
About Red Lambda
Red Lambda provides cyber security threat detection solutions to enable private sector and government organizations to detect previously undetectable threats—the “unknown unknowns”—that traditional solutions are not able to identify. Powered by its massively scalable distributed grid platform, MetaGrid® fuses virtual supercomputing, relational stream processing and artificial intelligence into one system, enabling “stream-time,” on-the-fly anomaly detection for both known and unknown threats. MetaGrid® delivers unprecedented visibility and real-time intelligence that makes sense of structured and unstructured data, empowering end users to rapidly deploy strategies to defend against cyberattacks and effectively assess risk.
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Zajil Telecom Signs Partnership with Automation Consultants to Provide Cloud Services
April 30,2015-- Zajil International Telecom Company and Automation Consultants, subsidiary of ILA Holding, have signed a partnership agreement that will change the Cloud Services Market in the region. The cloud market in MENA region is not something waiting to happen with hopes from service providers, but rather a service demanded by the market waiting for providers to fill that void and deliver a reliable cloud in the region. Relying on a strong base of strategic vendors and forming the cloud coalition this region needs, Zajil & Automation Consultants took the bold initiative of expanding their cloud reach by offering these services in Africa & G.C.C. By doing so, both entities uniquely identify themselves as regional cloud service providers, changing the concept of cloud computing.
The main challenge facing global cloud providers to offer their services in the region is the fact that they are not willing to invest in the local presence which not only raises security concerns by customers but also conflicts with many regulations of the G.C.C. and Africa. This agreement will re-invent cloud computing by allowing users to “Touch the Cloud”. With the largest portfolio of Cloud Services in Africa and G.C.C combining service model of Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) which became a mandatory part of and Cloud providing entity, and combining it with Software as a Service (SaaS) which enables any organization to leverage this service model automating their business applications, the joint venture was able to address these challenges offering multiple options for customers demanding cloud services and at the same time being able to manage the infrastructure within these locations to act as a unified Public Cloud.
“Being the first cloud provider in Kuwait was a challenge, where we had to literally create the market” Says Mr. Khalifa Al Soulah Zajil’s CEO and Managing Director. Al Soulah continues “Overcoming that challenge was the key driver for us to expand our cloud and infiltrate new markets and expand Zajil’s cloud footprint in the region adding new markets in the G.C.C and Africa”.
Dr. Mahmoud El Dessouky, Executive Chairman of Automation Consultants, said: “Automation Consultants is a pioneering cloud company in the Middle East. We are bringing with Zajil a wide set of Cloud Suites of software applications that are suitable for all types of industries as well as for all business sizes. Our partnership with Zajil will bring the following Cloud Suites to the markets: Business Cloud Applications, Tools Cloud Applications, and Industrial Cloud Applications. Our Cloud Applications will be provisioned through Automation Consultants’ “CloudConfig.Master” which is our own patented SaaS provisioning layer and will be offered through Zajil’s top notch public and private cloud deployments across the G.C.C and African markets”.