Startup Preempt detects, blocks bad users, devices

Preempt is a startup whose virtual appliance acts as a behavioral firewall that ranks the risk a user or device represents and responds automatically based on policies set by corporate security pros.

The platform can spot and block certain attacks without intervention by the security team, which frees up time for them, says Ajit Sancheti, co-founder and CEO of the company.

The platform picks up on odd behaviors such as individuals logging in from machines they don’t normally use, which could indicate someone has stolen their credentials. Or it could detect a user who generally uses a certain set of servers suddenly accessing a new set. It can pick up on brute force attacks on passwords and block them.

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Network World Tim Greene