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Today, cyber attacks that mainly affect large enterprises have entered domestic homes as well. There are 1000’s of data breaches reported each year and things are not getting better. The worst news in this cyber warfare is that it takes around 200 days before an enterprise even becomes aware of a compromise let alone stopping/preventing it. This is like having a stranger living in your house for nearly an year and you are not even aware of it. Clearly, faster compromise detection is a first problem that needs to be solved before dealing with the attacker.
When large companies like Sony, Target, Home Depot or Cyber Security companies like EMC/RSA or even USA NSA (remember Snow-den?) are unable to protect themselves from cyber-attacks despite their huge investments in cyber security, who will protect individuals from such cyber-attacks like ransom-ware or car hijacking with the advent of IoT?
Acalvio provides Advanced Threat Defense (ATD) solutions to detect, engage and respond to malicious activity inside the perimeter. The solutions are based on Deception and Data Science. Acalvio enables customers to benefit from defense in depth, reduce false positives and provide security.
“I believe, for our own benefit we need to solve/control this thorny cyber security problem and not wait for the existing security companies to solve something they have not solved since the advent of Internet,” says Raj Gopalakrishna who is one of the co-founder and Chief Architect of Acalvio and is based in Bengaluru, while the other co-founders are based in Bay Area. Their team also consists of world class R&D experts as well as enthusiastic engineers.
The inspiration for the Acalvio approach comes from Mother Nature. The simple moth has survived for over 190 million years due to the beautiful concept of Deception. The passion fruit vine has survived for millions of years despite the Zebra butterfly. The immunity system is ever evolving to fight the evolving virus and bacteria. The battles in the natural world over 100s of millions of years show that Deception is the most powerful and proven security technique. As the famous Chinese Military General and strategist, Sun Tzu, once observed – “All Warfare is based upon Deception”.
Acalvio was founded to bring this concept of Deception along with Data Science to Cyber warfare. They want to leverage Deception Technologies to lay traps to detect an attacker, confuse the attacker, slowdown the attack, divert the attacker etc. Acalvio is based on building and selling on premise cyber-security solution (software) to Enterprises and Government. They also offer cloud based solutions in 2nd year.
When faced with tough days, Acalvio knows well to snap out of it and excel. They are well funded by marquee VC’s including Accel Partners and Ignition Partners. In order to completely focus on creating IP driven security software, Mr. Raj along with his team works out of Awfis that takes care of all his ancillary needs helping him run his business smoothly.
Acalvio will change the way cyber attacks are detected and responded. They will change the security world. They see any and all organization as a potential Acalvio customer as every region of the world and almost all vertical are victims of cyber-attacks.
We at Awfis think that Mr. Raj’s entrepreneurial journey is motivational and we are proud to have such inspiring stories building in our centres!
This story is based on the interview of Mr. Raj Gopalakrishna, Co-Founder – Acalvio by Awfis Editorial Team.