AI-powered platform automates key physical security processes

March 9, 2021
The newly launched Vector Flow platform is built on a foundation of advanced AI algorithms capable of processing and analyzing vast amounts of data from otherwise disparate security systems, data stores and input devices.

In the company's formal debut to the physical and cyber-physical security market announced on March 3, Vector Flow (Saratoga, CA) launched its AI-powered, data-centric Physical Security Automation Platform, and also announced completion of its Series A funding round of $9.2 million from some of Silicon Valley’s premier venture firms, led by Mayfield Fund with participation from Foundation Capital.

Vector Flow says its security platform derives intelligence from physical security data by creating domain-specific AI and data-centric models to automate major security functions related to physical identity and access operations, security operations center (SOC) automation and cyber-physical security defense. The company says the platform is built on a foundation of advanced AI algorithms capable of processing and analyzing vast amounts of data from otherwise disparate security systems, data stores and input devices.

The Vector Flow platform comes with application designer studio and a workbench environment which can be used by the customer and the systems integrator partner to extend any application running on the platform, or to create a completely new application utilizing the platform’s machine learning (ML) framework and designer tools without writing any code. This functionality extends the usefulness of any application as business processes change, notes the company.

Three categories of solutions run on the Vector Flow platform:

Physical Workforce Identity Access Management (PIAM) which streamlines identity on/off boarding processes, physical access provisioning, access audits, compliance to regulations and risks analysis. Applications include:

  • Unification of Identities, Access and Badges
  • Intelligent Access Provisioning: Enforcing Right ID and Right Access
  • Perpetual Audit and Remediation for 24/7 Compliance
  • Mobile Self-Service for Employees and Partners
  • Real-time Identity Risks and Prescriptions
  • Real-time Building Occupancy Management & Prediction
  • Adaptive Policies for Emergency/Pandemic Access Management

Physical Security Operation Center (SOC) Automation, which employs deep AI based automation for SOC operations and autonomous alarm reduction and reporting, along with multiple functions to optimize overall operations. Applications include:

  • False Alarm Reduction
  • Unlimited Device Monitoring and Automated Optimization
  • Auto Detection of Faulty Devices
  • Configuration Automation
  • Intelligent SOC Virtual Assistants using Machine Learning Playbooks

Cyber-Physical Security, which performs an audit of physical security as it relates to cyber defense. For example, this methodology enforces “defense in depth” concepts using advanced AI models to detect vulnerabilities related to critical infrastructure, like the data centers or laboratory doors. It also manages the vulnerabilities of the IoT devices in the physical security and building automation world to prevent cyber surface attacks. As stated by the company, "Vector Flow’s transformative technology not only will help in automating critical functions of physical security but also provide defense against cyber-physical attacks with an extra layer of security." This category of applications will be available in 2022. Applications include:

  • Cyber-Physical Security Defense
  • Insider Threats / Breach Detection
  • Auto Detection of IoT Device Vulnerabilities

As stated above, the Vector Flow platform is comprised of an application design studio and a workbench to build applications utilizing Vector Flow’s integrated data lake and ML framework. The platform comes with visual rules configurator, a playbook designer, and a forms designer to help customers easily extend business applications or write new applications as their business processes change. The run-time edition of the platform is available now. The developer edition of the platform will be available in 2022.

Ajay Jain, president and CEO of Vector Flow, Inc., comments:

"Vector Flow fills a tremendous void in the physical and cyber-physical security space with the industry’s first powerful and innovative AI-enabled platform that aggregates both structured and unstructured data from myriad systems, devices, logs, and journals. The platform performs real-time analysis to detect anomalies, trends and KPIs, and provides actionable insights, automated remedies and processes. The physical security industry is plagued with legacy disjointed applications, independent hardware, data stores and custom scripts that work in silo creating inefficiencies and security gaps. A benchmark in data-driven security intelligence, the Vector Flow platform enables new levels of automation driving operational efficiencies and significantly reducing corporate risks and costs. In the post pandemic era, the current human-laden physical security world will quickly adopt digital transformation, touchless, and autonomous operations to rely on data to streamline operational processes and fill security gaps.”

Vector Flow reports that it is already onboarding several significant customers. This includes a global telecommunications provider with over 450,000 identities which replaced legacy PIAM application with Vector Flow’s AI-enabled Physical Identity Lifecycle application.

In its press release, the company adds:

The unique Vector Flow solution promises to save millions of dollars in direct costs over the course of the contract while increasing overall security operations productivity, compliance to regulations and delivering valuable service to the enterprise.
In another [customer] example, a top Research and Pharmaceutical company, focused on anti-viral drugs and treatments, deployed Vector Flow’s AI-enabled Alarm Reduction Application to reduce their false / nuisance alarm counts and to streamline the SOC functions by establishing and measuring the KPIs across all SOCs.
In another example, a prominent networking products company reduced their false/nuisance alarm counts by over 80% in few months without any human touch or masking of any alarms. Return on investment was achieved within months. The SOC alarm fatigue was also removed for this customer and SOC operations was streamlined with increased productivity and visibility across the globe.

“As a people-first investor, I was impressed by the innovation and rigor that repeat entrepreneurs Ajay and Vik brought to solving the physical cyber security problem for enterprises,” concludes Navin Chaddha, Mayfield managing director and Vector Flow board member. “By delivering the industry’s first AI-powered physical security automation platform, Vector Flow is solving a big and critical problem, that is protecting CEOs from personal liability for cyber-physical security incidents, something that Gartner has predicted could affect 75% of CEOs by 2024. I look forward to watching Vector Flow grow into a leader who delivers ROI and peace of mind to enterprises.”

For more information, visit https://vectorflow.com/.

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