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Aiculus

API security

Security・Visibility・Privacy 

 

How secure are your APIs?

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Can you detect and respond to API threats in real-time?


Do you have live insights into your API activity and threats?

Are you concerned about third-party risks via your external APIs ?

Aiculus uses Artificial Intelligence (AI) to detect and respond to API security threats across all your API traffic in real time. Our insights into the latest API-related threats strengthen your organisation’s defence in depth strategy even further.

So when you partner with us, you’re not just securing your APIs, your customer data, and your reputation: you also gain the confidence to expand and innovate with APIs.
 

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By 2021, 90% of web-enabled applications will have more attack surface area in exposed APIs rather than in the user interface (UI)*

 

*Gartner

Aiculus is a peerless API security solution deployed on-premise or in the cloud

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Monitor and detect threats across all API traffic

The Aiculus API Protector monitors all your API traffic: between the client and server (North-South traffic), and between API endpoints (East-West traffic).


It screens each call to determine anomalous patterns and threat indicators, and detect API credential theft, compromised accounts and authentication bypass attacks.

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Get a clear view of threats in your customised dashboard

Your Aiculus dashboard shows calls, threats and risk analyses across all your APIs. Investigate attempted API frauds, generate usage trends, and use the data to inform strategic decisions. Technical and executive reporting takes just moments.

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Strategise with API insights and intelligence

Grow your business through an improved security posture based on our expertise and trusted advice. The actionable insights we gain by analysing your API traffic help you improve infrastructure planning and better manage API security risks.

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Stop risky requests in real time

API Protector inspects every API call for misuse. It uses AI techniques such as machine learning and deep learning to perform behavioural analytics, and provide adaptive risk assessments in real time. If the risk is too high, the request is denied — and your systems stay secure.

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Receive instant

updates on threats 

As we learn new API security patterns, we share those insights with you through our threat-intelligence sharing service. Join the Aiculus client community to keep your organisation ahead of the curve.

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Prioritise privacy

Aiculus provides bespoke solutions to suit your organisation’s unique privacy profile and compliance obligations. Every implementation is private by design.

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How can Aiculus help you?

Security Teams

Increase your teams’ productivity, instantly.  

Aiculus eases the burden of processing large amounts of API traffic by doing the screening and analysis for you. Your dashboard lets you dive into specific aspects of API usage, investigate anomalous API behaviour, detect API threats, and respond faster allowing you more time to focus on making smarter decisions.
 

Executives

With Aiculus, you’ll always know your exact API security posture — and how to enhance it.

 

Our solution, backed by our proven machine learning engine, delivers state-of-the-art protection for your APIs, and peace of mind for you.  In addition, your dashboard makes it easy to understand API threats and risks, meet compliance obligations, and get the insights you need to future-proof your strategy.

SMBs and Start-Ups

Aiculus makes light work of API security for busy owner-operators and smaller teams.

 

By allowing you to leverage the full power of APIs as you innovate and grow, we help you build customer trust through improved protection, enabling your security engineers time to focus on other IT areas within your business.

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How it works

Aiculus can sit inline or in a sideband deployment to screen streams of both North-South and East-West API traffic.

  1. API Protector intercepts authenticated API traffic after the API Gateway.
     

  2. It inspects each call, analysing it for threats and anomalous behaviour using our AI engine.
     

  3. It gives each call a risk index and analysis.
     

  4. The risk index is fed to the service-response logic, which determines whether to allow the request, re-authenticate the request or block the request altogether.
     

  5. The end user receives a response based on whether their request is allowed or not: either they get the service they’ve requested, they’re asked to reauthorise, or their request is blocked.

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As API Protector analyses the millions of API calls your customers make, it learns and adapts its assessments in real time, to address new threats as they evolve. Each call and its analysis are stored for presentation in the Aiculus Dashboard, so you can drill deep into the data for analysis and remediation, and generate aggregated reports for API infrastructure planning and strategy-setting.

All this is supported by our threat-sharing service, which ensures your Aiculus implementation — and your business and customers — are protected from threats you haven’t even encountered yet.

Get in touch

Contact us to see our solution in action.

 

Our team

Aiculus is an innovative team of problem solvers with proven technical research and development expertise. Our experience across security platforms, coupled with our personal and cultural values, see us prioritise genuine client value above all else.

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Dr Omaru Maruatona

Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Prior to founding Aiculus, Omaru was responsible for cybersecurity architecture, strategy and design at PwC. Omaru has also worked at Computershare in Cybersecurity, prior to which he was with the University of Ballarat Internet Commerce Security Research Institute on a Westpac funded initiative in applied Artificial Intelligence.

 

In addition to leading the Aiculus team, Omaru serves as a mentor in the CyRise accelerator and is an Advisor in the CyLon Go programme which aims to increase diversity in cybersecurity. Between 2018 and 2019, Omaru was one of three cybersecurity industry Professors at La Trobe university.

 

Omaru holds an honours degree (first class) in software engineering and a PhD in Applied Artificial Intelligence. As a thought leader in the application of artificial intelligence, APIs, cybersecurity and smart cities, Omaru publishes and speaks at industry and academic forums both locally and abroad. He holds the following cyber certifications: CISSP, CSSP, SABSA Architect, SANS and ITIL.

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Dr Wilson Alberto Torres

Machine Learning and Data Engineering Lead

Wilson has more than 15 years’ experience working across technology, finance and education in Australia and South America. His passion and extensive knowledge of information technology, spans cybersecurity, data science, artificial intelligence and cloud computing, well positioning him to lead the design and deployment of customised algorithms for Aiculus customers.

 

Prior to joining Aiculus, Wilson was a Network and Systems Engineer at the Victorian Institute of Technology, Melbourne, and before that he was a Senior Systems Engineer at Assicurazioni Generali in Bogotá, Colombia. In these roles he managed and coordinated IT departments with a focus on infrastructure, working with different technologies such as cloud computing, databases, communications and cybersecurity.

 

Wilson holds a Masters degree (Honours) and a PhD in Information Technology and Cybersecurity from Monash University. His research in cybersecurity led to him constructing and developing several secure post-quantum algorithms with applications to privacy-preserving applications such as Blockchain. Wilson actively publishes academic and industry research and white-papers, and is fluent in Spanish in addition to English.

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Solo Kombani

Chief Operating Officer

With over 10 years’ experience in banking and finance, Solo joined Aiculus in 2018 where he is responsible for ensuring Aiculus is positioned to deliver on its vision and goals.

 

Before joining Aiculus, Solo held a number of roles at Vanguard, including as a founding member of the product management team. Prior to this he was tasked with leading the introduction of the Process Excellence Program across Vanguard Australia’s Strategy and Finance Group. Solo has also worked in various operational-related roles at Citigroup.

 

Solo holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Finance and Economics from Melbourne University. He serves as an advisor to the Australia-Somalia Research Partnership Program where he is a frequent panellist and speaker.

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Vanessa Sunassee

Cybersecurity, Risk and Compliance Lead

Vanessa ensures that our systems, processes and people are actively safeguarded at all times. She is also responsible for ensuring Aiculus is in accordance with industry standards such as ISO 27001, GDPR, SOC2, etc., to the benefit and confidence of our clients and stakeholders.

 

Before joining Aiculus, Vanessa spent 15 years in the banking industry at both the State Bank Of Mauritius, Maubank, and at Bank One Ltd (also in Mauritius), prior to moving to Australia to pursue her studies in cybersecurity. She brings with her over eight years of managerial experience, coupled with time spent in specialist roles, spanning sales, operational bank mergers, customer service and risk and compliance.

 

Vanessa holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree in Business Management from the University of Sunderland, UK. She also holds Master of Business Administration from University of Northampton, UK, and a Master of Cybersecurity from Edith Cowan University, Australia. Vanessa serves as a branch committee member to the Australian Information Security Association (AISA), and is a strong advocate for women in technology and cybersecurity. As a polyglot she is fluent in English, French, Hindi and Creole.

 
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WHITEPAPERS

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Putting the Aiculus machine learning engine to the test

Resources to help provide context on our solution, various use-cases and informative whitepapers we've published over the course of our journey.