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Deep Instinct Combines Deep Learning with FireLayers Security Gateway

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Deep Instinct Combines Deep Learning with FireLayers Security Gateway

February 24, 2016
By Casey Houser
Contributing Writer

Deep Instinct, a company that applies deep learning to cybersecurity, is now working with FireLayers, developer of a cloud-based Cloud Application Security (News - Alert) Gateway to move deep learning into the cloud.

Deep learning, as it is used here, refers to the mimicking of how a human brain learns to process information. Once the human brain identifies an object, it can work with that information to allow further recognition to become second nature. In that same way, Deep Instinct is training computer systems to recognize the concept of “cyber threats” to instantly recognize when those concepts appear in a network. Its own cybersecurity application seeks to work on every device and automatically sense when something in a network is not behaving as it should.

Guy Caspi, the CEO of Deep Instinct, commented that the next step in the process, once a deep learning core is established, is to move deep learning outside the immediate business network. It must address the cloud. He noted that companies have been moving more of their assets and operations to remote servers because it works well and because it is convenient. However, a move to the cloud may also represent an increase in the number of possible threats to security, so it can take a special kind of threat monitor to meet that demand for protection.

FireLayers can now use the Deep Instinct software to apply deep learning to its Security Gateway (News - Alert), which protects all the software, infrastructure, and platforms businesses access in the cloud every day. Whenever a user tries to access or share a file in a company network, FireLayers actively scans that document to make sure it does not contain malware. If malware is found, the FireLayer’s Cloud Access Security Brokers (CASB) tool goes to work. CASB gives IT administrators a space to set security policies. Once it finds malware, it then enforces those policies to halt the spread of any malicious data.

Deep Instinct’s deep learning works behind the scenes to make this process of identifying malware completely fluid for the user. It learns from experience and intends to identify troublesome data in a period that does not obstruct usual business operations.

This is the time for businesses to shore up their efforts at protecting their data. When many businesses report feeling unprepared for cybersecurity threats that lie ahead, it makes sense for IT departments to adopt the most powerful security software they can properly manage.

TMC (News - Alert) has noted that breaches happen almost daily, so applications that can actively scan data, such as the learning Deep Instinct provides here for FireLayers, become an important part of the mix. The cloud-based application referenced here does not take off a minute or rely on daily updates of file definitions; instead, it tries to learn from past activity to make future activities more secure. In the constant battle for data integrity, it can pay for security forces to be always at the ready. These companies are trying to do just that.

Edited by Peter Bernstein

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