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Acalvio Introduces ShadowPlex™ Distributed Deception Platform

April 19, 2017

Acalvio Autonomous Deception

General Availability of Deception 2.0 Technology Enables
Automated, Cost-Effective Distributed Deception at Scale from on-premises or from the Cloud

Santa Clara, Calif., April 19, 2017 – Acalvio Technologies, an innovator in Advanced Threat Defense, today announced the immediate availability of ShadowPlex, a comprehensive, distributed deception platform which provides early, accurate and cost-effective detection of breaches and insider threats. ShadowPlex is built on Acalvio’s patented Deception 2.0 technology, representing a fundamental architectural advancement that delivers scale, automation and authenticity with low IT impact. In addition to Detection, ShadowPlex engages with adversaries in Shadow NetworksTM to understand TTPs (Tools, Techniques and Processes) to gain further insight in order to facilitate timely and effective response. ShadowPlex is designed for flexible deployment on premises, private clouds and public clouds. The platform has pre-built integration with major security information event management (SIEM) systems for delivering comprehensive threat intelligence.

“With its patented Deception 2.0 technology, ShadowPlex supports organizations in and from the cloud to quickly and easily deliver high fidelity, cost effective and early detection of malicious activity,” said Ram Varadarajan, CEO of Acalvio. “Leveraging our Deception 2.0 technology makes it simple to protect on-premises and cloud assets with an additional layer of defense. Deception 1.0 solutions established detection efficacy, but they were rather cumbersome and expensive for enterprise scale deployment. Deception 2.0 represents a fundamental architectural advancement. Through a unique combination of deception, data science and cloud technology, ShadowPlex fundamentally advances the Advanced Threat Detection industry.”

The market for deception technology is projected to reach $2.12 billion globally by the end of 2021, according to Research and Markets’ Global Deception Technology Market report. This demonstrates the need for deception security technology across organizations.

Specific ShadowPlex benefits include:

  • Effective Deception: Acalvio’s data science-driven FluidDeceptionTM automatically presents attackers with a comprehensive environment of realistic and non-fingerprintable decoys, lures baits and breadcrumbs that blend in with an organization’s actual network and assets. Service ReflectionTM, an exclusive Acalvio Deception 2.0 innovation, enables custom applications to be easily included in the deception fabric.
  • Flexible Deployment: DevOps for DeceptionTM dramatically reduces the cost of operation compared to first generation deception products by dynamically and automatically deploying the most effective and relevant deceptions. By delivering deception in and from the cloud, organizations can easily implement dynamic deceptions wherever their assets are deployed.
  • Scalability: DeceptionFarmsTM simplify the management of distributed deceptions across network topologies, leveraging patented ProjectionPointsTM in order to circumvent traditional obstacles in gaining L2 visibility. Acalvio’s solution does not require access to trunk or span ports and costly infrastructure changes.
  • Low IT Impact: ShadowPlex’s unique integration of FluidDeception and DevOps for Deception, dramatically lowers the cost of operation. The platform simultaneously increases efficacy, when compared to first generation deception products, by dynamically and automatically deploying the most effective and relevant deceptions.

“Deception technology enables a more proactive defense against sophisticated and zero-day attacks,” said Michael Osterman, Principal Analyst at Osterman Research. “Acalvio’s deception approach should prove very useful in quickly identifying and neutralizing even sophisticated and stealthy attacks in a way that conventional security approaches cannot.”

“As the attack surface rapidly evolves, and threats become increasingly complex, it is important that customers can extend analytics-driven decisions across a multi-vendor security technology stack,” said Haiyan Song, senior vice president of security markets, Splunk. “Through integration with Adaptive Response in Splunk® Enterprise Security, customers can leverage insight from multi-vendor security technologies within Splunk to dynamically deploy ShadowPlex distributed deception to increase the fidelity of detecting malicious activity.”

“Combating threat actors in a timely manner, with precision remains a very high priority for us. Consequently, deployment of Deception based Advanced Threat Defense is a strategic imperative. ShadowPlex represents a very significant architectural advancement in the Deception marketplace. Variable interaction deceptions, combined with its cloud deployment options, makes for greater efficacy and cost effectiveness. We are very pleased to partner with an innovator like Acalvio on ShadowPlex, a best-in-class Distributed Deception platform “, Golan Ben-Oni, CIO at IDT Corporation.

ShadowPlex is the next generation deception solution in the industry. It alleviates inherent structural limitations of Deception 1.0 solutions and represents a quantum leap in architecture and innovation. The solution delivers improved detection efficacy, flexible, cost-effective and improved threat intelligence. For more information on Acalvio and ShadowPlex, please visit and follow the company on Twitter @AcalvioTech and on LinkedIn

About Acalvio
Acalvio provides Advanced Threat Defense solutions to detect, engage and respond to malicious activity inside the perimeter.  The solutions are anchored on patented innovations in Deception and Data Science. This enables a DevOps approach to deploying enterprise-scale pervasive deception, with zero-admin.  Acalvio enriches its threat intelligence by data obtained from internal and partner eco-systems, enabling customers to benefit from defense in depth; reduce false positives; and derive actionable intelligence for remediation. The Silicon Valley based company is led by an experienced team with a track record of innovation and market leadership and backed by marquee investors. For more information, please visit  www.acalvio.com.

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