Dennis Monner, CEO
Picture the scenario of burglars attempting to break into your home on average five times a day. This may not apply to ‘real’ houses, but it increasingly applies to mobile devices. Even in countries with higher cyber-security awareness, it is estimated that mobile devices face more than one breach attempt or cyber-attack every day. With a compromised gadget, perpetrators can easily gain access to a user’s most private and financial data, with untold consequences.
Unless endpoint devices are purpose-built for industry or vertical-specific applications, their application does not have to be restricted by boundaries of any kind. Considering mobile phones; nobody wants to carry two: one for personal and one for business purposes. In other words, if the device in question—be it computers, laptops, IoT-enabled gadgets, smart-TVs, phones, or vehicles—is not demarcated between enterprise or home, so why should the approach to secure it be? This was the notion that prompted Dennis Monner, the founder and CEO of Secucloud to establish enterprise grade security using cloud technology so that threat protection becomes available anytime and anywhere for any type of connected device.
Prior to founding Secucloud, Monner founded a leading unified threat management company that installed on-premise and on-device appliance-based security. Foreseeing the scalability predicaments associated with such an approach, Monner envisioned creating an enterprise-grade security offering that could leverage cloud technology for scalability and network-based threat protection. After all, it made no sense to implement security device-by-device at a time when the booming IoT connected ecosystems trend would soon affect enterprises. Monner created Secucloud, ‘to foil perpetrators even before they could enter the house.’
Today, the company has succeeded in not only delivering readily deployable cloud-based security infrastructure for businesses but has also democratized the access to their enterprise-grade security in providing a solution for consumers.
Secucloud’s core stack—the Elastic Cloud Security System (ECS2)—is offered as three suites that contain functional modules ranging from DNS analyzer, content filtering, anti-virus to deep packet inspection. ECS2 is connected to various sources of security intelligence which are compiled into an intelligent database to proactively snip attacks before they reach devices. Apart from its robust solution stack, Secucloud’s go-to-market strategy proves to be another major differentiator. “We have a solution that can be easily deployed within any telecommunication data center. The telcos need only provide the bare-minimum hardware, upon which we can install the security OS, its orchestration, and virtualization. Our system then automatically sets the nodes that scale up or down according to the number of users,” explains Monner. A basic set of nodes running on standard Server hardware can handle over a hundred million simultaneous customers. Telcos offer Secucloud-powered security as a value-added service to their subscribers at incredibly low rates, as with all typical cloud offerings.
By essentially re-purposing ECS2, Secucloud also offers Secuscaler — a public cloud-based Firewall-as-a-Service —that can be easily deployed by any size of businesses. Secuscaler, is offered via Secucloud’s global network of authorized resellers and passes on all the advantages of cloud technology such as pay-as-you-go business models, low TCO and inclusive support and maintenance to the customer. Users of Secucloud´s cyber-security service, whether they be end consumers or enterprises do not need to go through any on-premise or device installation procedures to get up and running with Secucloud’s offerings.
The company’s delivery model takes away the need to interact directly with the buyers. This has enabled Secucloud to effectively devote their time and resources to enhancing the capabilities of their offerings. “We are exploring AI for our protection stack so as to build an Intrusion Protection System (IPS) that uses artificial neural networks (ANN) to train itself and understand the difference between good and bad network traffic,” concludes Monner.