Right now, military investigators are examining computers used by Bradley Manning, the U.S. Army intelligence analyst suspected of leaking thousands of military documents published Sunday by WikiLeaks.
In part, they may be using technology of Solera Networks. The Salt Lake City-based startup has been selling its real-time network forensics and network monitoring platform into federal agencies like the CIA and Department of Defense for several years. Its pitch? That it’s virtually impossible to stop hackers, but dissecting how a crime was committed can prove exceedingly helpful in its immediate aftermath.
Indeed, like a growing number of security startups, not only can Solera pinpoint precisely what information was stolen, but its newest technology enables customers to recreate Web pages visited on their networks. “Now, if you visit a Website and send information you shouldn’t have, we can visually reconstruct Web pages exactly as they were when you went there and show [our clients] what you typed,” says CEO Steve Shillingford, who joined Solera in 2007 from Oracle, where he’d been a sales executive.