The Centripetal Team

Centripetal Networks was founded with one vision, to protect the Internet at the scale of the Internet. By bringing together a team of individuals with backgrounds firmly rooted in the defense and intelligence sectors from various government agencies as well as branches of the United States military, Centripetal has made it their mission to manufacture a complete solution in cyber defense. The Centripetal team is comprised of experts from Verizon, the Department of Homeland Security, the National Security Agency, the Department of Defense and many more prestigious organizations. Through their combined efforts, the Centripetal team was able to engineer the first real-time active network defense solution while continuously updating and improving their products to make a more effective system.

On the Cutting Edge

The Centripetal Networks’ team set out to manufacture a system that could directly drive an active cyber defense without negatively impacting network performance or user experience. Through their efforts, they were able to produce the RuleGate® product, a high performance TCP/IP packet filter, which is the first and only system able to action threat indicators at scale, at full line-rate speed. This system is designed to catch a wide array of cyber attacks, such as malware, insider attacks and distributed denial of service.

With millions worldwide falling victim to acts of cyber crime everyday, there is no doubting the importance of a truly effective cyber security defense system. This concept both captivates and drives the Centripetal employees and, in turn, their products forward. The RuleGate appliance could prove beneficial for financial services firms, government agencies, the critical infrastructure, Internet service providers, and enterprise defense.

In addition to consistently being on the cutting edge of cyber defense, Centripetal Networks is devoted to engineering and manufacturing their products in the United States. This method generates a greater amount of control for the Centripetal team in their product and to ensure that every appliance is made to their exact specifications.

 

 

History

Centripetal Networks was founded in early 2009. The company’s founder, Steven Rogers, is a technologist, corporate leader and entrepreneur. Steven recognized that security is largely missing from the backbone of the Internet and that it would ultimately need to be incorporated into the Internet fabric. He then set out to assemble a team at Centripetal that set about addressing this problem by the use of scaled packet processing, for decision-making at Internet speed and scale.

Near the end of 2011, Centripetal Networks reached a major milestone in the development of the RuleGate® solution. The first RuleGate device was deployed through testing with a prominent global Internet Service Provider. For the first time, the RuleGate demonstrated 1 million rules, full-duplex, with throughput at 10 Gigabit/second line rate. The scale of this accomplishment was over one thousand times that of any other known technology. This achievement validated Centripetal’s vision of adding security to the network.

Since 2012, Centripetal developed several solutions for the U.S. Government, which prove the potential uses of the new technology. These projects include the Network Survivability, Recovery & Reconstitution (NS2R) program, which enables packet filtering devices to rapidly switch between large security policies, for the Department of Homeland Security.

In 2013, Centripetal Networks provided its first commercial products, which include the RG2010 and RG2100 RuleGate® appliances. These network devices operationalize millions of security rules at up to 10 Gigabit/second line rate. The RG2010 and RG2100 feature ultra-low latency and full network performance.

In 2014 Centripetal introduced an entirely new category for cyber-security solutions: Real-Time Active Network Defense. This enables enterprises to apply live threat intelligence directly to their network operations. Centripetal has partnered with industry leading threat intelligence providers to deliver a complete cyber defense solution. This solution is ideal for financial services firms, critical infrastructure providers, and large enterprises and government agencies.

 

 

Key Innovations

Scale: Centripetal reached a breakthrough by the creation of a new class of parallel algorithms. Due to the millions of known network threat actors and indicators active on the global network, the Centripetal Networks team needed to operationalize this intelligence by developing a threat-processing engine with a scale to match. Before Centripetal, achieving such a scale was thought to be impossible, however, these algorithms, combined with our leading-edge hardware platform, make it possible to dramatically increase the magnitude in processing speeds.

Speed: Centripetal’s goal is to make the security function so fast that it is invisible to users. To achieve this level of performance is a very significant challenge. For effective security, consider that millions of tests would have to be performed, on each and every packet of Internet data. Finally, all tests, on each packet, must be completed before the next packet arrives. This is an extremely difficult goal. Centripetal’s unique design has fully achieved this requirement. It has the amazing ability to perform full rule-base packet inspections, at a full duplex, 10 Gigabits per second, with latencies of less than ten microseconds. This speed is so fast that customers see no observable decrease in network performance or user experience.

Agility: The Centripetal team knew that an effective intelligence-based defense must be able to update and change continuously. This means that updates must be seamless. To fulfill this, Centripetal has created a unique update system that allows large threat policies to be changed rapidly and while the system is live. This means that there is no loss of service when changing policies. In addition, new policy compilation is extraordinarily fast. This allows updates to take place very frequently, as fast as one per minute. Policies can change a single policy element, or the entire policy, with equal ease. Finally, this agility is revertible. That means that you can flip between pre-stored policies in milliseconds, both forward and backwards again. This unique capability enables Centripetal’s systems to keep pace with dynamic threat intelligence and still support mission-critical operations.

 

Steven Rogers
Founder & CEO

Sean Moore
Chief Technology Officer

Brian Costello
Vice President - Sales, Public Sector

Mary Cay Cousart
Vice President - Sales

Pierre Mallett
Vice President - Software Engineering

Sean McGurk
Vice President - Business Development

Neel Price
Vice President - Customer Support

Brett Claydon
Vice President - Product Development

Jonathan R. Rogers
Chief Financial Officer

 

William P. Crowell
Chairman

Steven Rogers
Director, President and CEO

Cristóbal Conde
Director

Sophia Corona
Director

Robert Gourley
Director

Gilman Louie
Director

 

Paul Kaminski
Chairman, Board of Advisors

Bob Bigman
Advisor

Gen Ron Burgess (ret)
Advisor

 

Join the Best

Our team has developed some of the most advanced products in our field. We have pushed the edge of various disciplines; computer science, hardware design, processing power and density, dense multi-core processors and truly advanced algorithms. If you are interested in pursuing the edge of technology, CNI could be the place for you.

We are seeking people with expertise in:

  • Sales and support of technology products
  • Product marketing
  • High-speed hardware design
  • Dense-multicore processing
  • Advanced algorithms
  • IP protocol development
  • Network engineering for reliability and security
  • Packet processing

Current Positions:

 

Centripetal Networks is an equal-opportunity employer. We actively recruit military veterans.

 

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