At Baffin Bay Networks, we’re protecting our customers from bad actors on the internet, and we have chosen to do so by building our very own Threat Protection Platform, based on our own algorithms and data.
Building our own mitigation platform is a bold project, and may be challenging on many levels. It’s a project that requires a lot of IT security expertise, since we can’t always rely on the obvious characteristics that is obtained from the collected data. In addition, the process of building is fairly costly, both in terms of man hours as well as in hardware. But the gain from being flexible and able to make instant adjustments to the ever-changing conditions of the cyber security landscape - is priceless.
For my part, it’s the most fun job assignment I have had in my career so far, dealing both with algorithms and heavy loads of data.
Handling lots of data create a need for data engineering, and choosing an infrastructure that can meet our needs is of very high importance. Furthermore, our needs depend a lot on what kind of algorithms we wish to apply. Being able to understand what’s important for a specific algorithm in order to perform well - and finding a platform that enable such performance - is fundamental for progress.
As a security company, we build applications and utilities for a variety of different needs, where some things are in closer relation than others. Therefore, we use information from our monitoring devices and sensors when building applications for cyber security mitigation. I would like to argue that the results and outcomes from the monitoring is a double-edged sword. Partially, fusing a system with intelligence from another could generate gains in terms of increased confidence and precision when dealing with threat mitigation. But at the same time could combining results from different systems also increase the overall system complexity and introduce dependencies that might become unwanted. That is a tightrope we love walking every day.
Being a startup in an industry dominated by large corporations is a challenge in some aspects but also an advantage in many others. On one hand, limited resources could potentially hold us back from pursuing a good idea. On the other hand, having the ability to make fast decisions and follow them through quickly is what’s going to make a difference in the end. Being a challenger also enable us to learn from the mistakes of others.
So, that’s a piece of what’s going on at Baffin Bay Networks at the moment. We are building what’s ours, to protect what’s yours!
If you have any further questions or input on how to build cyber security solutions, feel free to reach out to us!