Blue Hexagon Inc.: Ransomware Detection in Real-time with Deep Learning
For one, the idea of Blue Hexagon didn’t dawn upon Nayeem overnight. As the head of Qualcomm’s R&D department for 11 years, Nayeem witnessed how deep learning was bringing renaissance in AI in the form of computer vision and computer speech (Siri, for example). But, at the same time, no one in the industry spoke about using AI to combat the increasingly sophisticated ransomware attacks. The existing solutions in the market demanded patterns or signatures as a reference to identify the threats; identifying zero-day threats, which ransomware exploits, was beyond their capacity. Aware of the unfortunate situation, Nayeem took upon himself to address the problem and founded Blue Hexagon. Built on advanced software algorithms, processing power, artificial intelligence, and neural networks, the company’s platform is pre-trained with high-fidelity intelligence to catch even the latest threat that has arrived first time on the scene.
In an implementation highlight, Pacific Dental Services, a large services company, uses Blue Hexagon across its global locations, and there has been no infiltration of ransomware ever since the implementation of the solution. In a different case study, Narvar, a company that manages the online front-end for some of the largest retail brands in the world, is using Blue Hexagon for threat monitoring and management. Nayeem is excited about the warm response for its solution by business decision-makers running their business on the cloud.
Moti Gindi, General Manager, Windows Cyber Defense, Microsoft, expressed similar interest in Blue Hexagon by saying, “We strongly believe that a tighter integration between the endpoint and network security control planes can create significant value for our customers. The integration of Blue Hexagon sub-second network threat detection with Microsoft Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) provides the ability to detect both payload and header-based threats in the network and then signal across all Microsoft Defender ATP-protected endpoints in an enterprise. This provides our customers with superior speed, coverage, and efficacy of protection against known and unknown threats.”
Having broadened its clientele recently, Blue Hexagon is all set to help more companies protect themselves from the exponentially rising ransomware threats post COVID-19.