Backbone Security Enhances Real-Time Steganography Detection Capability

StegAlyzerRTS Detects Insiders Downloading 1,050 Steganography Applications

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FAIRMONT, W.Va., June 25, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- Backbone Security is pleased to announce availability of a new and improved version of their Steganography Analyzer Real-Time Scanner, StegAlyzerRTS, the world's only commercially available network security appliance for detecting digital steganography in real-time.

Digital steganography is an Internet era version of an information hiding technique dating back to the days of Ancient Greece. Using digital steganography, a file can be embedded within, or appended to, another file in such a way that it cannot be seen or heard. Unlike cryptography, which translates information into an unintelligible sequence of letters and numbers, steganography conceals the very existence of the information.

Insiders are increasingly becoming aware of the value of information they work with on a daily basis. Accordingly, insider theft of sensitive information is increasing at an alarming pace. Insiders can use any of the 1,500+ steganography applications available on the Internet as freeware or shareware to ex-filtrate personally identifiable information (PII), protected health information (PHI), or intellectual property, for example, outside the enterprise network. The current generation of network security appliances does not detect insider use of steganography.

StegAlyzerRTS version 3.3, developed in Backbone's Steganography Analysis and Research Center (SARC), is a network security sensor that detects insiders downloading any of the 1,050 digital steganography applications currently in the SARC's library of steganography applications.

Detecting insiders downloading a steganography application is an early warning indicator there is a high probability the insider is planning to use the steganography application to steal sensitive information.

Using the analytical approach to detecting steganography developed in the SARC, StegAlyzerRTS can also detect insider use of a subset of the 1,050 applications through a unique signature-based detection model.

Version 3.3 features numerous changes designed to increase the performance, stability, and reliability of the appliance when monitoring very high throughput networks. Most importantly, this version features improved archive/compressed file processing performance that significantly improves the capability to rapidly analyze HTTP traffic.

"Incidents of intellectual property and trade secret theft involving insiders continue to occur at an alarming rate," said Bart G. Guerreri, Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Backbone Security. "Insider use steganography to steal this highly sensitive information is an emerging threat that can be countered with our state-of-the-art real-time steganography detection appliance."

The next version of StegAlyzerRTS will provide a capability to manage multiple geographically dispersed sensors from one location. This feature will be of particular interest to enterprises with multiple data centers located anywhere in the world.

StegAlyzerRTS is available for both 100 Mbps and 1 Gbps networks. For more information please visit or send email to

About the SARC:

The SARC is a Center of Excellence in digital steganography research and development within Backbone Security. The SARC has established the world's largest commercially available repository of digital steganography applications, fingerprints, and signatures and has developed industry leading computer forensics and network security steganalysis tools for detecting and extracting information hidden with digital steganography applications.

About Backbone Security:

In addition to the world class digital steganography research and development conducted in the SARC, Backbone is an Approved Scanning Vender (ASV) certified by the Payment Card Industry-(PCI) Security Standards Council to conduct automated PCI Data Security Standard compliance assessments with a One-Stop Scanning Solution.

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