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Lancope Announces StealthWatch System 5.6.

Delivers Unprecedented Network Performance Monitoring and Behavior-based Anomaly Detection

ATLANTA -- Lancope, Inc., the provider of StealthWatch, the most widely used Network Behavior Analysis (NBA) and response solution, today announced StealthWatch System 5.6, a system-wide upgrade which includes powerful new features that significantly extend the scalability and value of behavior-based anomaly detection and network performance monitoring for enterprise organizations. In this latest release, StealthWatch introduces Live Alarms[TM], High-Performance Flow Queries, Dynamic Data Aging and Storage Optimization, and Failover Configuration. These new features provide security personnel with more focused, actionable views into their enterprise posture, network planners with more historical data for capacity planning and operations personnel with business continuity assurance through maximum StealthWatch uptime. In addition, StealthWatch System 5.6 now integrates with Foundry Networks' IronView Network Manager (INM) to further extend the mitigation capabilities available within StealthWatch.

According to a recent Gartner, Inc. report, approximately 80% of surveyed organizations, who had previously deployed NBA tools, claimed that they justified the purchase for security reasons, but derived 80% of the value in an operations context.1

"NBA technologies are decision support systems that give visibility to a knowledgeable operator who can interpret, investigate and appropriately respond to a variety of suspicious activities on the network," said Paul E. Proctor, research VP with Gartner, Inc. "Enterprise organizations will find tremendous value in the ability to access historical network data for capacity planning and trending purposes as well as view current network incidents, such as walk-in worms, unauthorized protocols and suspicious connections, which may impact performance."

StealthWatch System 5.6 delivers the following key capabilities:

Live Alarms[TM]

In this release, Lancope introduces the concept of Live Alarms, which are the network events active at the time an administrator views StealthWatch. This option to view only Live Alarms provides time-saving direction to further focus network and security administrators' efforts on the most critical incidents actively impacting their network. Furthermore, this immediate access to the highest priority alarms provides additional context about ongoing and recurring problems, enabling network and security administrators to perform true root cause analysis. Alarms that are no longer cause for immediate concern, remain available for historical and drill down analysis within the Alarm Manager.

High-Performance Flow Queries

Now providing greatly accelerated query-response time, StealthWatch allows immediate access to current and historical network flows. By enabling administrators to rapidly query all IP network transactions that have occurred for a suspicious IP or network service, StealthWatch minimizes incident investigation time and maximizes staff productivity. From any graph or table within StealthWatch, administrators can use the context-sensitive "Associated Flows" option to summon the specific flow records that triggered an alarm, alert or graph element. Billions of flows, which can be stored across up to 25 distributed StealthWatch flow collectors, are readily available for immediate recall using Lancope's high-speed flow indexing system.

Dynamic Data Aging and Storage Optimization

StealthWatch now displays different types of network traffic and network security data as well as how much storage space each type consumes. This inventory can be optimized to devote more storage to the data that is most meaningful to network and security operations. Administrators can now specify how long and in what interval, whether by minute, hour or day, and for weeks, months or years, to store individual data types, such as zone data or interface traffic statistics. This ability to "age" data and specify the level of granularity required gives administrators greater control over and access to critical network intelligence. With this historical reference to network activity, administrators can more easily perform network trending analysis over months and years to aid capacity planning efforts.

Enterprise Failover Support

Providing additional support for business continuity and disaster recovery measures, Lancope's StealthWatch Management Console (SMC) now provides a failover configuration. A redundant SMC can be deployed to a disaster recovery center or any other location, allowing for uninterrupted access to critical network information in times of crisis or system failure.

Once in place, the redundant SMC receives a copy of all data sent to the primary SMC and is simultaneously updated with configuration changes made to the primary system. In the event of primary system failure, the back-up SMC stands ready in read-only mode to be activated by an administrator for full access.

Mitigation Via Foundry's IronView Network Manager

In addition to existing mitigation integration with Cisco PIX firewalls, Check Point firewalls, Cisco routers, TippingPoint's Intrusion Prevention System (IPS) and ArcSight's Network Response Manager, StealthWatch can now initiate mitigation actions via Foundry's IronView Network Manager (INM). As with all of StealthWatch's optional mitigation actions, Foundry's INM can be directed to automatically take action, or mitigation can be instituted only under proper authorization from the StealthWatch operator. This integration delivers an effective response element that enables joint customers to make more precise blocking decisions.

"Lancope continues to lead the global network behavior analysis market," said Harland LaVigne, president and CEO of Lancope. "StealthWatch System 5.6 delivers powerful new capabilities and greater contextual awareness of network activity, demonstrating our ongoing commitment to providing customers with solutions that cost-effectively unify as well as optimize behavior-based anomaly detection and network operations."

Availability & Pricing

StealthWatch System 5.6 will be generally available and shipping first quarter 2007. Current customers can contact the Lancope Customer Care Support Desk for upgrades at 800-838-6574 or For more information, please contact the Lancope at 888-419-1462 or Entry level pricing for StealthWatch begins at US $9,995.

About Lancope

Lancope is the provider of StealthWatch, the most widely used network behavior analysis (NBA) and response solution that unifies behavior-based anomaly detection and network optimization capabilities to protect critical information assets and ensure network performance by preventing costly downtime, repair and loss of reputation. StealthWatch streamlines security and network operations into one process, reduces time and resources, and eliminates the costs and complexity associated with non-integrated point products.

Both OPSEC and Common Criteria-certified, StealthWatch was named Best of Show at Interop2006 and InfoWorld 2005 Technology of the Year. Defending the networks of Global 2000 organizations, academic institutions and government entities, StealthWatch protects hundred of enterprise customers, more than all direct competitors combined. Lancope's Technology Alliance Partners include Cisco Systems, Foundry Networks, ArcSight, IBM Tivoli, Check Point, Lockdown and A10 Networks. Lancope is a privately held, venture-backed company headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. For more information, call 888-419-1462 or visit

Lancope is a registered trademark and StealthWatch[TM] is a trademark of Lancope, Inc. All other registered or unregistered trademarks are the sole property of their respective owners.

1 Gartner "MarketScope: Network Behavior Analysis 2H 2006" by Paul E. Proctor. November 21, 2006
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