Vidder Expands on PrecisionAccess with Automation, Channel Efforts, Etc.

By Paula Bernier November 28, 2016

Vidder offered a fresh perspective on security when it introduced its PrecisionAccess software-defined perimeter service, said CEO Mark Hoover. And the company continues to build on that with new customers, new ease of use improvements, and new delivery models.

Established in 2009 as a consulting company that built secure networks for companies, Vidder has since evolved to be a product company. Its PrecisionAccess solution is used to protect assets with a book value of $1 billion or more.

PrecisionAccess automatically connects PKI systems to identity systems and leverages that ID to set up secure links. It configures VPNs per person, and nothing during this process is cached. During provisioning, the solution looks at the applications that the person wants to get to and then it looks at what IP addresses, ports, and protocols those apps use. So if someone steals credentials, the Vidder system limits what they can access and what they can do. Vitter also employs geolocation so it knows the whereabouts of the people who are seeking connectivity. That way, if the person making the request is not where he or she is expected to be, the system creates an alarm so the security team can take steps to ensure that person is authorized to access what they are trying to get.

In our interview earlier this month at TMC Editors’ Day, Hoover explained that part of Vidder’s magic is in its ability to hide user applications and network resources from bad actors. The system hides everything, he said, but provides a mechanism to evaluate and judge the trustworthiness of sources before it will give access to those sources.

“So, we essentially create little islands of connectivity,” Hoover explained.

The company now has a few customers it can publicly reference. That list includes the software design enablement company Cadence, the not-for-profit Canadian Cancer Society, and The Inland Real Estate Group of Companies Inc.

And while PrecisionAccess, to date, has been offered as a managed service through which Vidder creates software and runs it for customers on an ongoing basis, Hoover indicated that may change going forward.

Managed services was the business model Vidder initially adopted for PrecisionAccess because the solution is based on a distributed system and was somewhat complex, he said. However, after building a great product, he added, Vidder has been able to dedicate more of its attention to bringing automation and ease of use to its solution. Now it takes Vidder just two days to get a customer system up and running; by January, it should be able to do that within a couple of hours, he said.

As a result, customers can now run the solution themselves, Hoover said. Vidder is working to establish relationships with channel partners to bring the offering to market. Hoover told NFVZone that Vidder is now teeing up a couple of partnerships with communications industry leaders as well as with value-added resellers and other channel partners.

Edited by Alicia Young

Executive Editor, TMC

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