Revolutionary digital fingerprinting software invented by Edinburgh computer scientists could be set to stem the growing tide of cyber crime. It’s proven effective in tracking down cyberthugs in mere seconds.
The real-time information security and fraud detection tool, called GuardINQ, came out of Scotland’s Edinburgh Napier University. The biologically inspired software digitally mimics the DNA matching process used in the real world and allows CCTV-style monitoring of online systems, building up a sequence of hackers’ activities.
As per the inventors, GuardINQ is described as: “light weight digital fingerprinting software that streams securely to a central server where they are analyzed by a set of algorithms derived from biological DNA sequence matching technology to spot malicious activity patterns.“
GuardINQ digitally mimics the DNA matching process used in the real world. The software, which will be on sale in six months, works out what classified data has been accessed by the hacker before alerting the company’s managers. The CCTV-style monitoring builds up a sequence of the hacker’s activity.
Dr. Jamie Graves, chief executive and co-founder of Inquisitive Systems, said: “Put simply, we can now track cyber criminals 24/7. We go to the heart of the matter, not only detecting criminal activity but intervening in real time to reduce cyber crime. The GuardInQ technology enables us to identify their digital fingerprints and prove that a certain person was behind illegal changes made to data, which gives a higher level of proof when it comes to prosecuting data crime.”
He added: “It’s like CCTV for computers and ultimately means a more rapid detection of security breaches, which means significant savings for organisations. Where others in the market can highlight that there has been a security breach, they fail to say who, what, when or why it happened. We can. We go to the heart of the matter, not only detecting criminal activity but intervening in real time to reduce cyber crime.“
Inquisitive Systems will be releasing guardINQ as an enterprise-level piece of software in about six months. I’m fairly excited for if it works as well as it appears it will, hopefully cyber criminals will be stopped and locked away at a rapid rate and hopefully, the software may as well expand into homeland security and government markets…