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Datiphy tracks what data is up to for security, auditing purposes

Tim Greene | Sept. 24, 2015
Datiphy, a service provider founded in Taiwan, has bundled its technology for sale as a software package to make inroads in the U.S. as a security/data auditing tool that detects and reports suspicious access to databases.

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Datiphy, a service provider founded in Taiwan, has bundled its technology for sale as a software package to make inroads in the U.S. as a security/data auditing tool that detects and reports suspicious access to databases.

The company has been selling its service in Asia-Pacific since 2011 but has decided to improve the user interface and give it natural-language search to make it more attractive in the U.S. where the large enterprises it seeks as customers want to have an on-premises platform, says Mike Hoffman, executive vice president of sales and marketing.

Datiphy has also gotten a financial shot in the arm, pulling down $7 million from Highland Capital Partners in its first round of institutional funding that it will use in part to hire staff to pursue partnerships so data gathered by the platform can be shared with other security products.

Customers can configure policies for the platform so it detects when Social Security, credit card and account numbers are being accessed, for example, and to send alerts when it does. It also analyzes data transactions to find anomalies that might indicate breaches.

The platform captures all transactions and processes and records them for later audits or forensic investigations.

The company competes against the likes of Imperva and IBM Guardian, but claims it is less expensive and easier to deploy.

Customers can set policies to flag certain types of activity such as a person authorized for access from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. who accesses a database in off hours looking for credit card numbers. It can list who viewed certain data even if they don’t alter it, the company says.

“We’re data centric,” Hoffman says. “We tell the story of data from the data point of view.”

The company was founded in Taiwan in 2010 by James Lin and marketed auditing and security services in Asia-Pacific. Lin has a long technical background as founder of RapidStream (acquired by WatchGuard), and stints at 3Com, HP and Reti Corp.

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Ted Ho

Earlier this year Ted Ho, founder of Gigamon, invested in the company and took over as CEO. Later he hired Hoffman, who was vice president of sales at Gigamon from 2008 to 2014.

The company holds six patents on its technology. It currently monitors structured databases and Mongo DB and will be coming out with support for Hadoop next month. It expects to add support for more unstructured databases on a pace of one per month.

Datiphy’s software can be deployed either on a server or a virtual machine that is linked to a router’s TAP or SPAN port or a packet broker. It automatically discovers databases and monitors transactions with them based on the protocols they use and maps to the applications that access the databases.

 

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