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Ixia Enhances Application and Threat Intelligence Processor™ to Accelerate Detection and Response Time to Cyberattacks

Posted 11/08/2016

CALABASAS, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 9, 2016-- Ixia (Nasdaq: XXIA), a leading provider of network testing, visibility, and security solutions, today announced enhancements to the company’s Application and Threat Intelligence Processor (ATIP™), which enables customers to rapidly extract security metadata, including Indicators of Compromise (IOC), and fast-track that information to reporting tools to speed Mean Time to Identify (MTTI) and Mean Time to Respond (MTTR) to security threats and malicious behavior.

In March 2016, the Ponemon Institute reported that it takes on average, 170 days to detect an advanced attack, 39 days to contain it and 43 days to remediate it. In addition, as the amount of traffic on a network surges, it becomes increasingly important to rapidly analyze large volumes of data, or metadata, both unencrypted and encrypted. This analysis enables the identification of malware infections known as Indicators of Compromise (forensic data that identify potentially malicious activity on a network).

“Reducing the time to identify and respond to cyberattacks is critical to today’s business,” said Jim Duffy, senior analyst, 451 Research. “Ixia’s ability to quickly analyze context-aware metadata in a network can be a valuable tool in gaining visibility into anomalies and ultimately resolving security breaches.”

Ixia’s ATIP is a key component of the company’s Security Fabric™, a context-aware, self-healing, data distribution engine that powers Ixia’s network packet brokers (NPBs). Using ATIP, Ixia’s Security Fabric provides rich context such as geolocation, browser, and device on each packet for optimal distribution to security tools.

New enhancements to ATIP now enable security and network professionals to rapidly extract metadata from their network connections, including IOC, spanning URLs, Uniform Resource Identifiers, Session Initiation and Cisco Discovery Protocols, Domain Name System Text, and User Agent. This deeper context aware metadata enables existing reporting tools to deliver analysis results quickly and effectively, resulting in significant improvements in MTTI and MTTR to threats and suspicious activity.

“Ixia is committed to leveraging and extending our decade-plus experience in advanced malware research to solve the key challenges facing network operators today,” said Scott Register, vice president of product management at Ixia. “We make significant investments in research that helps our customers to quickly identify inevitable security breaches with minimal investment of time and money."

ATIP maximizes investment in reporting tools

ATIP works in conjunction with advanced reporting solutions from leading vendors including Plixer, LiveAction, Splunk, and Dynatrace, to provide key insights that accelerate detection of data breaches without the added cost of a specialized forensic monitor.

For example, Scrutinizer™ from Plixer International provides a behavior analysis system for cyber threat detection and forensic analysis that leverages flow data to uncover unwanted activity. Ixia’s ATIP generates and forwards an expanded NetFlow data feed, called IxFlow™, to Scrutinizer. This expanded data feed compliments Scrutinizer, allowing it analyze information from all points in the data center, enabling administrators to identify users, device types, operating systems, and applications that generate excessive traffic or security threats. Malware can be quickly isolated and unwanted behaviors can be eliminated.

“Ixia’s IxFlow exports provide much richer data and deeper context than is available through NetFlow alone. With the latest enhancements to ATIP, Ixia has added indicators of compromise,” stated Mike Patterson, CEO of Plixer. “Joint Plixer and Ixia customers can leverage this new information to identify compromised devices, provide user accountability and speed time to resolution, which are critical capabilities when security events have taken place.”

About Ixia

Ixia (Nasdaq: XXIA) provides testing, visibility, and security solutions, strengthening applications across physical and virtual networks for enterprises, service providers, and network equipment manufacturers. Ixia offers companies trusted environments in which to develop, deploy, and operate. Customers worldwide rely on Ixia to verify their designs, optimize their performance, and ensure protection of their networks to make their applications stronger. Learn more at

Ixia, the Ixia logo, Application Threat Intelligence Processor, ATIP, Security Fabric, and IxFlow are trademarks or registered trademarks of Ixia in the United States and other jurisdictions. All other trademarks used herein are the property of their respective owners.

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