Identity & Access Management , Security Operations , Video

Vectra CEO on How to Lower the SaaS, Identity Attack Surface

Hitesh Sheth Will Use AI to Simplify Posture Management for Office 365 and Azure AD
Hitesh Sheth, president and CEO, Vectra AI (Image: Vectra AI)

Cybersecurity vendors have gone all-in on reducing the cloud attack surface, but efforts to shrink the SaaS and identity attack surface remain in their infancy.

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Posture management systems have historically generated tons of noise, meaning that customers are presented with a long list of issues to address without any sense of what's actually important, says Vectra AI President and CEO Hitesh Sheth. Vectra has therefore leveraged its ability to apply artificial intelligence to different problem sets in security to help triage and automate the alert response process (see: Case Study: The Very Group's Digital Security Journey).

"The pain point level in the market around how to contain security challenges around Office 365 and identity is pretty massive, and anything that can help strengthen the customer's posture on that is a really good thing," Sheth says. "But if you're going to make it scalable, you really have to address the noise-to-signal ratio very effectively. And that is what we've been focused on."

In this video interview with Information Security Media Group, Sheth also discusses:

  • How the Siriux deal differs from the SentinelOne and Proofpoint identity buys;
  • How attack signal intelligence builds on network detection and response;
  • What makes Vectra's approach to NDR different from Darktrace or Cisco.

Prior to joining Vectra AI in 2012, Sheth spent three years as chief operating officer at Aruba Networks. He joined Aruba from Juniper Networks, where he was executive vice president and general manager for its switching business and before that, senior vice president for the Service Layer Technologies group, which included security. Prior to Juniper, Sheth held a number of senior management positions during a seven-year run at Cisco. Before Cisco, he held executive and engineering management positions during a five-year stint at Liberate Technologies and Oracle Corp. Sheth started his career at the Santa Cruz Operation, where he spent four years as a Unix programmer.


About the Author

Michael Novinson

Michael Novinson

Managing Editor, Business, ISMG

Novinson is responsible for covering the vendor and technology landscape. Prior to joining ISMG, he spent four and a half years covering all the major cybersecurity vendors at CRN, with a focus on their programs and offerings for IT service providers. He was recognized for his breaking news coverage of the August 2019 coordinated ransomware attack against local governments in Texas as well as for his continued reporting around the SolarWinds hack in late 2020 and early 2021.




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