IT security vendors launch open network data model to combat cyber threats

An open source, community-developed network data model that delivers visibility into security threats using big data analytics, has been launched by five IT security vendors, including Cloudera.

The Open Network Insight (ONI) v1.0 uses machine learning as a filter for separating suspicious network traffic from benign and to characterize the unique behavior of network traffic. ONI is extensible, enabling any number of vendors to enhance the open data model and develop their own innovative applications on top of it. ONI runs on top of Cloudera’s enterprise data hub (EDH) and other open big data platforms.

“The world has never been in greater need of innovation in cybersecurity but to get started each vendor has had to reinvent the same wheel again and again,” said Tom Reilly, chief executive officer of Cloudera. “The differences in vendor data models also create silos between solutions and makes it difficult for customers to harness innovation from multiple vendors. ONI accelerates solution development and simplifies customer consumption of different vendor products.”

Reilly goes on to say, “Building from ONI v1.0 Cloudera’s goal is to foster development of open object models beyond network to include endpoint, and user / identity. Our cybersecurity focused partners are leveraging ONI to accelerate their delivery of advanced solutions capitalizing on a pre-built open data model coupled with the powerful compute capabilities of Cloudera’s enterprise data hub. Customers are benefiting from these common objects and can easily extend to adjacent use cases beyond cybersecurity: network operations, fraud, and user experience optimization to name just a few. A single source of data built on an open data model creates tremendous value for our customers.”

Cloudera’s many cybersecurity partners fully appreciate the benefit to the community and corporations in having a common network data model to accelerate the development, installation, and sharing of use cases to counter the most advanced cyber attacks continually occurring on every network. 

Recently, E8 Security and Securonix, two industry leading cybersecurity solution providers, have entered into OEM relationships with Cloudera to leverage the power of Cloudera’s enterprise data hub built on Apache Hadoop to deliver advanced threat detection capabilities, secure petabytes of sensitive information, and protect against modern cyber attacks.

“By extracting actionable intelligence from evolving security data, E8 Security and Cloudera are empowering enterprise security teams to make more informed moves against hidden threats for faster resolutions,” said Matt Rodgers, Head of Product at E8 Security. “Together, we are taking a distinct approach in the way security analysts detect and protect against unknown threats at never before seen scale. It is a game changer for saving enterprises from harmful threats and keeping businesses running efficiently.”

“Independently, Cloudera and Securonix innovate best-of-breed technologies respectively in the big data and cybersecurity markets. Together, we are truly breaking new ground,” said Tanuj Gulati, chief technology officer of Securonix. “We’re defining what big data security analytics can do.”

Cloudera’s first OEM cybersecurity partner, CounterTack’s Tom Bain, vice president of Global Marketing said, “Cybersecurity technology has evolved from being deployed to protect and safeguard, to data-centric, analytics-driven use cases to ensure the integrity of business systems. Integrating a true big data platform into Sentinel enables CounterTack customers to leverage the powerful sensor collection capabilities at scale for consistent, rapid consumption of the richest endpoint intelligence in the Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR) marketplace.”