Founded in 2007, Portnox set out to secure all devices running on-premises, and Portnox Clear extends that capability to the cloud. The goal is to support the shift to remote offices and the increase of Internet of Things (IoT) devices.
“When there’s a device anywhere in the network accessing data, we are able to locate the device, who the owner is, and make the intelligent decision of whether it should or shouldn’t be there and take action to remediate the issue,” says Ofer Amitai, Portnox CEO and cofounder.
Clear compares its information to a database of known threats, allowing operators to quarantine any device. Clear can also automatically enforce software updates and compliance changes.
Service providers are able to purchase Clear and manage the service for their customers, or an individual organization can purchase and manage it on its own. Users can customize alerts so when certain devices from certain locations are found on the network, they are notified accordingly. This allows organizations to define their own policies based on what they are used to seeing in their networks.
Most of Portnox’s beta customers are in the healthcare and tech industries.
Amitai and most of the Portnox management team are former Microsoft security employees. The company is self-funded and has about 50 employees. Portnox has been operating in the U.S. since 2014 and plans to relocate its headquarters to New York by the end of this year.