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CylantSecure: Company pitches a different way of looking at Linux security
The technology is based on research into software measurement done by Cylant's chief scientist, John Munson, for large, critical systems like those designed by Jet Propulsion Labs for the U.S. Space Shuttle. The software benchmarks the patterns of execution in the Linux kernel on a server, then determines when those patterns depart from normal. When an attack occurs, notification happens within "milliseconds," says Joel Rothman, president of Cylant. The company has applied for a patent on the process of aggregating the information CylantSecure's sensors pick up and put into a profile that's the server's normal functions. Some of the software is released under the GNU General Public License, and Cylant is a sponsor of the Kernel Instrumentation Project.