ZEBULON,Coming off the heels of the approved Homeland Security bill, an intrusion detection product proprietary to DefensePoint is being eyed for commercial use after years of military-only status.
DefensePoint, based east of Raleigh in Zebulon, NC, was among the elite 25 vendors invited to attend a briefing on cybersecurity at the United Nations Global InfoSec 2002 conference this past September.
Chief Operating Officer Cindy Green and partners Alan Clark and Dr. Jeffrey Byrd (both ex-military), were offered insight to national and international and national security measures on the table within both the government and private sectors. Already working with the Department of Defense on several classified information security projects, the trio traveled to this “State of the Union” — if you will — on Information Security.
But, security is a farce says Green.
“All you can do is protect and defend,” he says. “We know we’re not secure.”
The underlying message of the conference echoed that sentiment.
Paul Kurtz, senior director for national security for the President’s Critical Infrastructure Protection Board, admitted the “worst-case scenario” could happen as he called for the sharing of information on watch and warning of imminent threats. Diplomats from around the world, U.S. states and Fortune 1000 executives alike were urged to cooperate on cybercrime prevention to protect critical infrastructure.
A new breed of counterintelligence
In a strategic move, DefensePoint has plans to roll out a commercial class product called DefPoint that targets the financial and healthcare industries.
DefPoint, the patented system for intelligent intrusion detection, has counterintelligence capabilities unknown to the commercial sector thus far. DefPoint 2, 3, and 4 will cross into the private sector while DefPoint 5 and 6 are approved for military and weapons grade applications only.
Unlike a firewall, DefPoint works without a gate.
“Our product is not a firewall,” says Green. “Rather, we open and close ports and attach a tracking device.”
With DefPoint, businesses will now have the option to counter security breaches and moreover prevent breaches by being prepared and utilizing counterintelligence. Initially, a security audit is performed to identify security flaws and demonstrate how critical data is at risk. From there, the DefPoint can be customized to any system to proactively direct intruders to a trap.
“The intruder is directed to corrupt files that are seemingly real,” explains Green. “In the meantime, our system learns about the machine that initiated communications, gets its MAC ID, and records all activity. The reports generated provide detailed accounts of suspicious activity and present a unique opportunity to countermeasure.”
Reaching out to protect others
DefensePoint, traditionally a military-exclusive provider under the name Vspace, was restructured during the past year to accept new guidelines established within the Homeland Security bill.
The company recently partnered with The Dumbarton Group, a strategic risk consultancy to based in Washington, DC, after an initial meeting at InfoSec 2002. Brooks Miller, managing partner of The Dumbarton Group, is confident that DefPoint is a solution that he can introduce to CEO’s at world financial institutions.
“Technology like this can protect critical data and it should migrate into commercial space,” says Miller. “We focus on bringing the technologies of small and emerging companies to Fortune 2000 firms. Long-term, I can see that this product could replace or augment most security systems. It could change the whole notion of firewalls and intrusion detection.”
According to Miller, DefPoint is a solution that can help executives protect infrastructure and through due diligence prevent data loss.
“At this point, we have something that nobody else has,” adds Green, who is also founder and CEO of Bedrock Concepts Inc., a complete IT integration company also located in Zeublon.
Long term, Green foresees the company becoming a subsidiary of another larger company someday. For now, the firm plans to grow through partnerships, tradeshows, and targeting large providers of network equipment like Cisco. The company is also researching minority grant applications for and diversity procurement options.