SC Lab’s Cyber Security Test Names NIKSUN “Best Analytics Tool”

Princeton, NJ – October 2nd, 2017 – NIKSUN® Inc., the world leader in developing real-time and forensics-based cyber security, network performance management, and financial data monitoring solutions, has been rated as the “best analytics tool” in the industry after SC Lab’s cyber security group test.

NIKSUN was highlighted for its unique ability to record all data and perform real-time and retroactive analysis on it. According to Dr. Peter Stephenson, Technology Editor of SC Magazine, “The tool alerts on suspicious traffic based on [real-time generated] metadata content, for immediate notifications on policy violations, data exfiltration, malware and cyber attacks and records all data at the highest rates without dropping a single packet, and at the same time, also index all the data in real-time to allow for extremely fast searching. The tool provides robust analytics.”

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NIKSUN Named a 2018 TAG Cyber Distinguished Vendor For Exceptional Big Data “Capture and Analysis” Security Solution

Princeton, NJ, Sept. 7, 2017 – NIKSUN Inc., the world leader in developing real-time and forensics-based cyber security and network performance monitoring solutions is proud to announce its designation as a Distinguished Vendor in the 2018 TAG Cyber Security Annual.

The inclusion of NIKSUN places it amongst a collection of leading cyber security vendors. According to the report, NIKSUN was chosen due to its capability to support full, zero loss “packet capture and analysis at extremely high network capacity rates.” NIKSUN’s revolutionary Supreme Eagle platform operates at an industry-leading 100 Gbps+.

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NIKSUN NetDetectorLive Called “Unquestionably the Top Network Forensics Tool Available” by SC Magazine

Published on: 08-16-2017

Princeton, NJ – August 16, 2017 – NIKSUN® Inc., the world leader in developing real-time and forensics-based cyber security and network performance monitoring solutions, is pleased to announce that SC Magazine has rated NIKSUN at the top of the cyber security industry in its SC Lab Approved “one year later” review.

After receiving SC Magazine’s 5-star review in 2016, NIKSUN NetDetectorLive has once again proven its competitive advantages over any other solution. According to Dr. Peter Stephenson, Chief Technology Editor at SC Magazine, NIKSUN NetDetectorLive “Is as close to a one-tool network forensics device as we’ve seen. Network forensics is a tough bone to chew. It generally takes several individual tools.”

For example, when it comes to data leakage prevention, Dr. Stephenson finds that “[NetDetectorLive] identifies exfiltration and reconstructs the entire exfiltration process with all the indicators: users, IPs, domains, data exfiltrated, method of exfiltration, among other things.”

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NIKSUN Receives Frost & Sullivan’s Enabling Technology Leadership Award for Network

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Princeton, NJ, August 8th, 2017— NIKSUN® Inc., the world leader in developing real-time and forensics-based cyber security and network performance monitoring solutions, is pleased to announce that the company has been rated at an industry-leading 9.7 out of 10 in a recent independent research study conducted by Frost & Sullivan. Beating out its competitors by a wide margin in both technology and customer impact, NIKSUN was also awarded Frost & Sullivan’s highly competitive Enabling Technology Leadership Award for network security forensics.

The award was given to NIKSUN after a series of rigorous analysis. On the product side, Frost & Sullivan focused on innovation, creativity, efficiency, commercialization, and application diversity. On the consumer side, judgement was based on price and performance value, service experience, brand equity, and customer return rates.

Frost & Sullivan recognized efficiencies across the security stack and in the collection process, noting that NIKSUN’s Supreme Eagle utilizes 1/10th the rack space of competing solutions and significantly cuts down on power, cooling, and space requirements.

“Our analysts were extremely impressed by NIKSUN’s new super-fast data-in-motion analytics platform, NikOS Everest,” said Christopher Kissel, Sr. Analyst, Cybersecurity at Frost & Sullivan. “NikOS Everest finally solves the long-standing problem in this industry: finding the needle in the haystack of data. While NIKSUN has always let you capture and store every packet of data, without loss, they have now made real-time analysis and deep-dive investigation incredibly easy, intuitive, and fast.” Because of the NikOS platform, in one case study, NIKSUN’s solution demonstrated a 505% increase in cyber security incident resolution efficiency.

Christopher continued, “NikOS Everest operates with a Google-like search where all a user has to do is type in plain English to be immediately greeted with real, actionable information. The robustness of NIKSUN’s architecture means that this search gives you the who, what, where, when, and how for every cyber security or network performance incident.”

For example, NIKSUN’s solution could have prevented the infamous Target breach and saved customers massive costs associated with lost assets, intellectual property, and personally identifiable information.

The report also distinguished NIKSUN’s solutions as highly flexible and scalable, having been tested all the way up to 10 Tbps and 50 PB of storage. Special attention was paid to NIKSUN’s ability to offer cyber security and performance monitoring for standard, mobile, financial, and virtual networks with the same super-fast and robust NIKSUN Knowledge Warehouse (NKW), which performs full data capture and stores metadata, alarms, events, and analysis all together for quick searching.
NIKSUN’s innovative solution can be used for counter-intelligence, malware and insider/outsider intrusion detection, and protection of critical cyber infrastructure. It is also essential to zero-day investigation, denial-of-service attack prevention, retroactive analysis, lawful intercept, performance monitoring, policy compliance, and more.

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About NIKSUN, Inc. NIKSUN is the recognized worldwide leader in making the Unknown Known. The company develops a highly scalable array of real-time and forensics-based cyber security and network performance management solutions for government and intelligence agencies, service providers, financial services companies, and large enterprises such as retailers and manufacturers. NIKSUN’s award-winning appliances deliver unprecedented flexibility and packet capture power. The company’s patented real-time analysis and recording technology is the industry’s most comprehensive solution for secure and reliable network infrastructure and services. NIKSUN, headquartered in Princeton, New Jersey, has sales offices and distributors throughout the United States, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia-Pacific.

NIKSUN, NetDetector, NetDetectorLive, NetVCR, NetOmni, Supreme Eagle, and other NIKSUN marks are either registered trademarks or trademarks of NIKSUN, Inc. in the United States and/or other countries. Other product and company names mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners. For more information, including a complete list of NIKSUN marks, visit NIKSUN’s website at www.niksun.com.

NIKSUN Awarded Three Cryptographic Validations

Princeton, NJ – June 27th, 2017 – NIKSUN® Inc., the world leader in developing real-time and forensics-based cyber security and network performance monitoring solutions, is pleased to announce that the company has been granted three certificates for its implementation of approved cryptographic algorithms. These certificates are a momentous recognition that NIKSUN is fully compliant with and satisfies the standards set forth by the U.S. government.

This set of certifications are issued by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) after approval by the U.S. government. They are pursuant to the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) and Cryptographic Algorithm Validation Program (CAVP), which are a set of publicly announced standards for use in computer systems by government contractors, non-military government agencies, and vendors who work with these agencies.

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Cyber Threats Hit New Jersey Hospitals – Hard

By Patty Brogdon of NIKSUN

An alarming trend is happening all over the nation with hackers breaking into hospital networks and stealing valuable patient data. This multi-billion dollar problem is hitting New Jersey particularly hard. In fact, according to NJ.com, approximately one million patients at New Jersey medical facilities have been compromised thus far and that number is expected to grow. While human theft and misplacement of servers and other equipment do account for a portion of that amount, the greatest threats to patient privacy occur over the network.

Why Do Hackers Target Hospitals?

While attacks on banks and financial institutions have an obvious motivation (that’s where the money is!), attacks on hospitals just seem cruel. Hospitals are places where people go when they are in need of medical attention, served by the medical staff that is trying to save lives. Even in war zones both sides usually stay away from medical targets and mash units. So why target such safe havens of humanity? It’s actually pretty simple.

The Hacker Marketplace

There exists a black market for which the stealing of credit card and personal information is in great demand. A hacker who gets a hold of an individual’s credit card number earns $1 for that financial record. But a hacker who steals an Electronic Health Record (EHR) earns $50 per record. The reason? Credit card companies and banks can quickly shut down a compromised credit card, while an EHR has a much longer shelf-life. Not only that, it contains much more sensitive information than just financial data, spiking its value within the hacker marketplace.

Ransomware on the Rise

Ransomware is the act of hackers infiltrating a hospital’s network, encrypting the data so that it is unusable to the medical staff, and then contacting the hospital with their demands. This desire most often manifests as hundreds of million dollars in exchange for the decryption key to decrypt the data back to its normal state. This is happening in hospitals all over the nation at alarming rates, and in most cases, hospitals pay the ransom to get their data back (or risk losing many more millions waiting for the crime to be solved) and then contact authorities after the fact.

How Do Hackers Break into Networks?

The most common way that hackers break in is with phishing attempts (fake emails impersonating a real company or individual). Once inside the network, these nefarious actors deposit “malware” which goes to work gathering the sensitive information in stealth mode – undetectable by traditional, reactive, methods of network security. Just as prevention habits are important in the health care industry, preventing malware and other attacks is perhaps the most critical step to secure a hospital’s network perimeter.

How Can Hospitals Protect Themselves?

There are four ways that hospitals can protect themselves from ransomware and malware attacks.

  • Continuous Backup. If a hospital runs a backup of their data continuously and a hacker breaks in and encrypts its main database, the hospital can simply restore the encrypted database with a backup (provided the backup has not also been hacked and encrypted.)
  • Encrypt their own data. This is beating ransomware attackers at their own game. Rather than be a sitting duck, hospitals can proactively encrypt their own data, making it useless to attackers on the black market. However, if the hackers get access to a PC or user account that has access to the contents of the database, such as an administrator or a doctor, then the hackers could still get to the records.
  • Educate employees. Many hackers get in through phishing emails – a legitimate looking email that contains a link that installs the malware. An uneducated employee would innocently click on the link without knowing it is a phishing scam. Instead, instruct all employees to hover over the link with their mouse, to see where it’s really going before clicking on it.
  • Install security appliances that are able to diligently monitor all network traffic, capture it in real-time, perform analysis, and alert security and network professionals when or if a breach is detected. The biggest benefit will be from security appliances that can also provide such in-depth visibility that you can actually stop the hackers from getting into the network in the first place.

Securing the Network is Key

As you can see, there is no fool proof way of circumventing this problem. What we have to do is to stop the hackers from getting into the network in the first place. Of the four methods above, number 4 is perhaps equally important and often ignored in practice because of a lack of understanding of all the ways that hackers get to the medical records. While backing up and encrypting data are useful proactive steps, a good hacker will still find their way around. Just as a virus evolves to render a medicine useless, cyber threats are constantly changing in order to find new ways around these known barriers.

Similarly, educating workers against phishing scams is a sure-fire way to reduce your susceptibility to these threats, but research has shown that this does not necessarily work in practice. Even after education, studies have shown that over 66% of people who just left the course on exactly this topic went back to their computers and clicked on test phishing links sent by the educators!

There needs to be a way to monitor the entire perimeter of the network with 100% visibility into what is going on within it. If you think about securing the famous Mona Lisa painting, for example, you wouldn’t have one or two cameras in place, you would have detection beams from all angles, alarms on every door, window or other access point, and a real-time monitoring system that not only sees all and knows all, but records the information for later playback and alerts you when something is amiss. This lets you and your system act in real-time to stop threats before they cost you tremendously.

New Jersey based company NIKSUN, Inc., does the same for your network. Protecting network data since 1997, the company recognizes the unique challenges of healthcare facilities, helping them to monitor, detect, and thwart malicious attacks that can cost hospitals millions – not only in dollars but in reputation. NIKSUN’s latest line of products have been rated five-out-of-five stars in cyber-forensics tests and are currently deployed to protect the US Department of Defense’s most critical systems, in addition to thousands of other networks.

“Not only are ransomware and data breaches serious threats, but compliance mandates such as HIPAA and protecting patient privacy are equally critical,” said Dr. Parag Pruthi, Founder and CEO of NIKSUN. “It is not only a mandate by federal and state regulations that is important for hospitals but also a moral obligation to protect individuals from greater harm while visiting a place of healing and sanctuary.”

NIKSUN offers healthcare facilities a complimentary and fully confidential evaluation of their “cyber threat network security assessment.” The evaluation is provided by a NIKSUN team of experts that checks access points and flow of network data, providing reports on any weaknesses and vulnerabilities found. Even if a healthcare facility chooses not to deploy NIKSUN for cyber threat security, the report is theirs to keep. For a free evaluation, contact NIKSUN.

NIKSUN Named Industry’s “Most Comprehensive Solution”

Princeton, NJ – March 14, 2017 – NIKSUN® Inc., the world leader in developing real-time and forensics-based cyber security and network performance monitoring solutions, announced today it has been featured as the cover story for Silicon India’s special Enterprise Security edition. In it, Silicon India, a leading proponent of global technology news since 1997, has named NIKSUN’s technology the “industry’s most comprehensive solution for securing and maintaining dynamic network infrastructure.”

The article discusses NIKSUN’s revolutionary product suite as a full end-to-end enterprise security solution that simultaneously captures, records, stores, analyzes and alerts on all data traversing the network in a single appliance. It also calls NIKSUN’s solution “highly scalable and flexible,” touting its ability do all of this, with zero loss, at “unprecedented rates” over 100 Gbps.

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NIKSUN Named Industry’s “Most Comprehensive Solution”

Published on: 03-14-2017

Princeton, NJ – March 14, 2017 – NIKSUN® Inc., the world leader in developing real-time and forensics-based cyber security and network performance monitoring solutions, announced today it has been featured as the cover story for Silicon India’s special Enterprise Security edition. In it, Silicon India, a leading proponent of global technology news since 1997, has named NIKSUN’s technology the “industry’s most comprehensive solution for securing and maintaining dynamic network infrastructure.”

The article discusses NIKSUN’s revolutionary product suite as a full end-to-end enterprise security solution that simultaneously captures, records, stores, analyzes and alerts on all data traversing the network in a single appliance. It also calls NIKSUN’s solution “highly scalable and flexible,” touting its ability do all of this, with zero loss, at “unprecedented rates” over 100 Gbps.

As quoted in the article, “Rather than simply capturing threats and slowdowns that we know, NIKSUN’s solution lets you see everything that occurs on your network, presenting problems immediately and intelligently.”

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NIKSUN Awarded U.S. Department of Defense UC APL Status

Princeton, NJ, Nov 28, 2016 – NIKSUN® Inc., the world leader in developing real-time and forensics-based cyber security and network performance monitoring solutions, announced today that NIKSUN NikOS Everest (5.0) and a number of key NIKSUN products such as Supreme Eagle, NetDetector, and NetOmni have been placed on the Department of Defense (DoD) Unified Capabilities (UC) Approved Products List (APL) list. The conferring of this UC APL status validates that NIKSUN’s NikOS Everest cyber security products are tested and approved for use in government operational networks.

“This new APL status for our cyber security technology attests to NIKSUN’s stature in the industry as a provider of solid, proven, and innovative technology that works,” stated Dr. Parag Pruthi, NIKSUN Founder and CEO. NIKSUN’s nearly twenty years of decorated history continues to demonstrate its value as we seek to provide customers with a deep, time-tested knowledge warehouse, an innovative yet stable and secure product line, and a unique know-how for design and delivery that only comes with experience.”

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