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The Scrutinizer System

Use Your Network as a sensor

Scrutinizer® is the foundation for Plixer’s network traffic analytics system. It stands out in the industry by offering the most scalable solution on the market, delivering the fastest reporting, and providing the richest data context available anywhere. Role-based access automatically presents the network and security teams with the data they need to support fast, efficient network and security incident response. Scrutinizer is available as both physical and virtual appliances, as well as through a software-as-a-service cloud-based offering.

Security Team Benefits

Reduce Security Risks

As a security professional, risk reduction is job one. Decades of point security products, purchased in the name of prevention, have failed us. Breaches are inevitable. Today, the greatest risk reduction comes from a focus on forensic data and improving time-to-resolution after a breach occurs.

Support Faster Time-to-Resolution

Faster time-to-resolution is accomplished through a faster time-to-know. Remediation can only occur after root cause has been established, and rich contextual data is the enabler. Telemetry data, centrally gathered from across your entire network infrastructure, enables faster time-to-know and faster time-to-resolution.

Deliver Contextual Forensics

Access to high volumes of disparate data does not lead to faster response. In fact, it can have the opposite effect. The best context and response comes from the correlation of network-related data with metadata from firewalls, IPS, SIEM, and distributed probes, all stitched together into a single database.

Advanced Security Analytics

IoT, BYOD, and the explosion of virtual machines have all created an unmanageable threat surface. Monitoring for anomalous activity and device behavior—including DDoS attacks—with network traffic analytics is the most effective indicator of compromise. Advanced analytics with proactive thresholds, alerting, and open RESTful APIs enable rapid and dynamic event response. Scrutinizer provides real-time detection of DDoS attacks, whether the attack is volumetric-, application-, or protocol-based.

Network Team Benefits

Enrich Data Context of Network Traffic

Better context is achieved by correlating traffic flows and metadata, collected from all corners of the network, into a single database. Rapid filtering and reporting from this rich data deliver deep insight to answer the questions: who, what, where, when, why, and how.

Increase Efficiency and Reduce Cost

The industry’s fastest and most accurate reporting delivers the data you need when you need it most. When users complain, but your SNMP tool’s lights are all green, what do you do? You turn to Scrutinizer to protect customer satisfaction, productivity, and revenue.

Monitor Network and Application Performance

Network/application optimization and root cause analysis require true end-to-end visibility. Scrutinizer delivers by collecting, visualizing, and reporting on data that extend all the way from the user through to the cloud. It also provides real-time detection of DDoS attacks, minimizing disruption and loss of revenue.

Achieve Fast Reporting and Massive Scale

Scrutinizer’s hierarchical design with streamlined and efficient data collection allows you to start small and easily scale to multi-millions of flows per second. Although the network is always blamed, fast and accurate reporting allows the network team to identify root cause and deliver results.

Deployment Options

  1. Hardware Appliance
    • Collection rates exceeding 100,000 flows per second
    • A single flow collection system supporting over 2000 flow sources
    • Each collector can support all flow technologies (e.g. NetFlow, sFlow, IPFIX, J-Flow, NetStream, etc.)
  2. Virtual Machines
    • Collection rates up to 40,000 flows per second
    • Supported on VMware, Hyper-V 2012, and KVM.
    • Each virtual collector supports all flow technologies (e.g. NetFlow, sFlow, IPFIX, J-Flow, NetStream, etc.)
  3. SaaS Solution
    • Public and hybrid cloud deployment options
    • Scalable architecture with visualization and reporting from anywhere
    • Supports all flow technologies (e.g. NetFlow, sFlow, IPFIX, J-Flow, NetStream, etc.)