Frost & Sullivan honours Perception for “most innovative” new cyber security software

Frost & Sullivan has bestowed its New Product Innovation Award for 2017 upon Perception Cyber Security, describing the company’s new software as a “game-changing cyber security solution”. Perception was originally developed by Chemring Technology Solutions for the UK’s Ministry of Defence. Complementing existing computer network security systems, such as firewalls, intrusion detection systems and anti-virus software, Perception is a behaviour analysis system with no rigid rules-based architecture.

Dhiraj Badgujar, analyst at Frost & Sullivan, informed Risk UK: “The increasing complexity of network security is becoming difficult for businesses to manage, leading to mistakes or gaps for attackers to exploit. With its deep learning capability and an ability to adapt based on changing network behaviours, Perception will enable enterprises to identify future advanced threats before they emerge.”

The major differentiating factors of Perception are its ability to identify malicious activity without requiring prior knowledge of the threat, as well as alerting the end user to potential vulnerabilities such that they can be resolved before an attacker exploits them. This makes it more difficult for malware to evade detection and easier for analysts to proactively detect network vulnerabilities and user errors.

As well as detecting threats and vulnerabilities as they happen, Perception uses Artificial Intelligence to intelligently interlink network events across months, weeks and minutes, in turn enabling large-volume data pattern analysis. This significantly improves ‘low and slow’ threat detection capabilities, in addition to providing a low false alarm rate. Perception also detects the slow, unauthorised external extraction of information from the network, even when sophisticated obfuscation techniques are used.

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Daniel Driver

Daniel Driver

Daniel Driver, head of Perception Cyber Security who accepted the award at Frost & Sullivan’s Excellence in Best Practice Awards Ceremony, explained to Risk UK: “Based on declassified work for national security agencies, Perception takes the fight against cyber crime to a new level. An award from the respected international analyst firm Frost & Sullivan gives us an unbiased third party stamp of approval. The Perception development team truly deserves to be recognised in this way as it proves to us that we’ve created something truly unique in identifying advanced cyber threats.”

For the New Product Innovation Award, Frost & Sullivan analysts followed a ten-step evaluation process in order to assess Perception’s ‘fit’ against Best Practice criteria, focusing squarely on two key factors: new product attributes and customer impact.

Frost & Sullivan is a growth partnership company focused on helping its clients to achieve transformational growth as they’re impacted by an economic environment dominated by accelerating change, driven by disruptive technologies, mega trends and new business models.

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Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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