Information Systems Security Association, Inland Empire Chapter

An Application Service Model for Network Security Applications

Presented by Livio Ricciulli on Tuesday, January 26th, 2010 from 11:30am- 1:30pm.

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Network security devices (NSDs) such as Anti-virus, Intrusion Detection/Prevention, spam/phishing filtering, and bandwidth anomaly detection systems have become an integral part of our networks as they provide invaluable services in maintaining data integrity and confidentiality, while protecting the availability of our computing resources. The programming and maintenance of NSDs is today a very significant obstacle to their wider adoption. The most common and significant complaints of existing NSDs users are:

  1. excessive amounts of false positive events (events that should not be generated) and the difficulty in analyzing security events
  2. their extreme sensitivity to the timeliness of the security updates to catch emerging threats and
  3. the expertise required in the installation, maintenance and operation of these systems.

These obstacles limit adoption by many smaller companies that cannot afford to hire expert system administrators and network security analysts. MetaFlows seeks to capitalize on these deficiencies by providing ways to outsource this complexity. We are developing a subscription-based service that allows Enterprises to constantly refine their security policies using innovative global relevance correlation technology derived from Google's page ranking algorithms. Besides improving the objective security of our networks, these services and their future extensions will:

  1. promote a wider adoption of network security products in general and
  2. will improve the state-of-the-art in security information sharing across Cyberspace.

In this talk we will explore some of the key technological ingredients of our solution.


Livio Ricciulli has over 14 years of networking and computer science/engineering experience. Livio is currently the president and chief scientist of MetaFlows Inc a privately held California corporation conducting government-sponsored R&D in the field of Network Security. He was previously the chief security scientist at Force10 Networks. Livio joined Force10 through its acquisition of MetaNetworks, where he was both a founder and president. Earlier, Livio founded and was CTO at Reactive Network Solutions, where he developed an industry-leading network anomaly detection engine to stop denial of service attacks. Livio has also served as senior research scientist at SRI International where he led a number of research contracts for the U.S. government, including DARPA, NSA, NSF and ONR.


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