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Changming Liu, Stellar Cyber: hackers target remote workers to obtain access to corporate networks

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With the pandemic and the stay-at-home orders that came with it, hackers started increasingly attempting to exploit the situation and damage businesses that operate remotely.

When it comes to enterprises, it is common to cut corners in terms of cybersecurity as not many are aware of the consequences. In reality, there are various cyber threats, such as ransomware and phishing attacks, that can severely impact a business. Some of the outcomes include a ruined reputation or major loss of money.

That is why various threat prevention measures, such as open detection and response (Open-XDR) security platforms, exist.

For this reason, to discuss cybersecurity and cyberattack prevention, we had a talk with Changming Liu, the CEO and Co-Founder of Stellar Cyber, a company that offers a security platform created to identify and remove threats.

Tell us a little bit about your history. How did Stellar Cyber originate?
Stellar Cyber was founded in 2015 by Aimei Wei and myself. I am the CEO of Stellar Cyber and have also previously founded companies like Aerohive and Trustgo. I was an early employee and a key architect at Netscreen, which was acquired by Juniper for $4 billion back in 2004. Aimei Wei, who is the CTO of Stellar Cyber, has worked for both early-stage startups (Nuera, SS8 Networks, and Kineto Wireless) and well-established companies, including Nortel, Ciena, and Cisco.

Aimei knew first-hand the frustration security analysts have to deal with when trying to combat cyber threats with collections of stand-alone tools. Analysts must manually correlate alerts from various tools to see the full picture of evolving cyberattacks, however, the volume of such alerts makes it nearly impossible for them to do so. Aimei’s idea was to build a central console with core cybersecurity capabilities that could ingest and correlate data from other stand-alone tools to provide a 360-degree view of the threat landscape.

 

Can you tell us a little bit about what you do? What issues do you mainly focus on?
The Stellar Cyber Open XDR Platform solves the problem of siloed security tools by ingesting data from its own and third-party tools to present a complete picture of evolving cyber threats while protecting existing investments in other security tools. Stellar Cyber’s platform was the first Open XDR solution. Not only does it ingest data, but it also automatically correlates and analyses it. Then, it offers contextual, prioritized incidents with recommendations for how analysts can address them.

 

What types of technology do you use to detect threats before it is too late?
Stellar Cyber’s platform incorporates AI and machine learning to evaluate alerts from disparate tools and group them into incidents. The platform also includes NDR (network detection and response), next-generation SIEM (security incident and event management), and TIP (a threat information platform) to monitor network traffic and evaluate security incidents. It integrates with any EDR to add to investment protection and ensure everything, detection and response. The software can be deployed anywhere, with a single license, making it ideal for teams that typically can not afford to hire an army of security analysts.

 

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