A niche Melbourne solutions provider is looking to carve out a new market opportunity in the emerging security analyser market.
In-Systems has been appointed distributor of the Mu-4000 Security Analyzer by US firm, MU Security. The device probes network infrastructure and security products, such as firewalls, for both known and unknown vulnerabilities.
"A router or switch is software that implements protocols ... but each of these layers or protocols can have vulnerabilities," In-Systems director, Peter Long, explained. "It [Mu-4000] pokes at each of those layers and looks at blatant omissions that cause the box to fail."
Long said the analyser sat in a new space in the security market.
"I thought it was a good opportunity to bring something new and innovative to the Australian market," he said.
Rather than sell the product, which is essentially a high-cost piece of test equipment, Long said he planned to allow customers to rent it to perform tests on their equipment.
"Essentially, we are forming relationships with large security consultants which in turn resell that to large customers," he said.
Gartner security analyst, Andrew Walls, said there was an increase in the number of organisations incorporating security analysis into testing regime for new products, and products under internal development.
"The Mu-4000 is a strong offering in this space and enjoys a very positive reputation. The particular function provided by the Mu-4000 targets focused testing of an IP-aware device," he said. "This focus forms a subset of the overall automated testing market which includes more generalised offerings that perform broad spectrum network security testing and vulnerability assessment.
"Although there are new products in the pipeline that target a similar feature set, the Mu-4000 is currently the primary offering in this space."