Illinois start-up develops advanced cybersecurity monitoring tool for industrial networks

An Illinoi start-up company, co-founded by CIRI principal investigator David Nicol, is preparing to launch a new software solution, called NP-Live, next year. NP-Live provides continuous monitoring of a company’s network and can be used in many sectors beyond energy.

Cyber attacks on corporate networks have risen dramatically over the past few years. In 2010, organizations reported 50 successful attacks per week, according to the Ponemon Institute’s 2014 Cost of Cyber Crime Study. In 2014, companies averaged 138 successful attacks per week, an increase of 176 percent.

The two tools offered by Network Perception make it easier to detect vulnerabilities that can lead to security breaches. The products help analyze how traffic moves from a trusted zone (e.g., networks that support critical infrastructure) to an untrusted zone (e.g., a corporate network that connects to the Internet).

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