1. INTERVIEWS, 4. COOL STARTUPS, DISTIL NETWORKS (CYBERSECURITY)
Distil Networks is a leading security start-up founded in 2011 that has raised $10M in venture capital. Distil Networks offers an intelligent algorithm driven platform that detects and mitigates bot attacks, theft bots, click fraud, price scraping, content scraping and automated malware attacks. The company was founded by Rami Essaid, Andrew Stein and Engin Akyol. The founding team previously worked at Cisco, Riverbed Technologies and Neustar. The service comes in two offerings: cloud-based service and an appliance.
Distil Networks has one of the largest, if not the largest database of bot fingerprints in the world, with that number now at 16+ billion. According to Rami (CEO), their approach is different and unique, in that they share detailed bot fingerprints and attack intelligence with all their customers. Fighting bots is a cat and mouse game, between the good guys and the hackers. Distil Networks must constantly innovate because once a bot is detected and mitigated, hackers re-architect the bot and re-create a new variant that evades current bot detection technologies.