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New LRL Cyber Microscope Uses Neuromorphic Processors for Advanced Anomaly Detection

Lewis Rhodes Labs (LRL) today announced the introduction of the Cyber Microscope for faster and more accurate anomaly detection. The new product is based upon a breakthrough Cyber Optimized Neuromorphic Processor that increases the speed and resolution of detection by more than 100 times. Neuromorphic Processors are designed around a unique understanding of how the sensory cortex of the brain processes streams of data in parallel.

The extreme speed and precision of the LRL Cyber Microscope enables it to provide analysts with unprecedented coverage and resolution at a fraction of the cost of alternative solutions. The device consists of a PCIe-compatible interface card, driver and PCRE compiler integrated into Suricata or other similar intrusion detection systems (IDS).

The LRL Cyber Microscope is deployed in Sandia National Laboratories’ cyber development environment, where it was benchmarked using Sandia production PCRE and public PCAP files against a deployed state-of-the-art intrusion detection system. The LRL Cyber Microscope pervasively analyzed over 800 complex PCRE signatures at a 2+Gb/s rate, a greater than 100x performance gain.

“The improved speed and accuracy of the LRL Cyber Microscope should allow us to dramatically reduce the False Positive rate in our alert database, and we are collaboratively researching methods to use the temporal nature of the Neuromorphic processor to detect novel behavioral variants,” said John Zepper, Director of Systems Mission Engineering at Sandia National Laboratories.

IDS hardware and software sensors process a vast array of streaming data into alerts. However, due to the cost and complexity of existing technology, the vast majority of these alerts are false positives, forcing analysts to expend considerable resources to isolate the true positives that represent actionable threats.

“LRL is addressing these issues with the revolutionary Cyber Microscope, which we offer at a disruptive price point,” said David Follett, co-founder of Lewis Rhodes Labs. “LRL makes it affordable to deploy Cyber Microscopes virtually everywhere, and by doing so, can clearly identify and detect actionable threats. By using LRL’s Neuromorphic processor to drastically improving the resolution and speed of anomaly detection, we’re providing security analysts with unprecedented visibility into potential threats.”

“The process of extracting real threats from the typically high number of scanned anomalies is a never-ending challenge for security analysts using any intrusion detection system,” Sean Pike, Program Director, Next-Generation Data Security and eDiscovery & Information Governance at IDC. “Analysts need a cost-effective threat detection solution that provides them with the speed and accuracy to dramatically improve resolution and performance, and ultimately recognize real issues.”

Serial entrepreneur and technology luminary, David Follett, co-founded LRL in 2007 to solve today’s most pressing cyber security problems. Until this product introduction, the company has been operating in stealth, shipping product since 2012.

Availability and Pricing

The LRL Cyber Microscope is available today from LRL and its partners. Pricing starts at $20,000.

See presentations on the Cyber Microscope at the Intel Security booth, #N3705, at the 2016 RSA Conference, February 29 - March 4 in San Francisco. Also see the Cyber Microscope in action at the Sandia NICE conference, March 7 - 9 in Berkeley, CA. For more information on LRL and the Cyber Microscope solution, email [email protected] or visit


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