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“Our next gen VPN is tuned even for mobile hotspots, satellite links, or low bandwidth high latency connections.”
The growing adoption of public cloud services and SaaS applications, accelerated by the Covid-19 pandemic and the work-from-home paradigm, has caused much greater reliance on the use of the public cloud and the security of edge-to-cloud connectivity. Unfortunately, over the last few years, corporate investments in this area have not kept pace with the speed and evolution of this change and have relied almost exclusively on traditional VPNs which are now dated technology. Not surprisingly, bad actors looking to infiltrate and capture critical information have recognized this vulnerability and significantly increased the pace and sophistication of their tactics as evidenced by several recent successful and well-publicized data breaches and ransomware attacks across a wide range of industries.
Helping businesses overcome the issues of traditional VPNs is where Dispersive Holdings, Inc (Dispersive) literally “flips the script.” Dispersive’s military-grade, cloud-native virtualized network fabric (DispersiveFabric) can dynamically establish active-active multipath VPNs. These next-gen VPNs can keep corporate data secure even against sophisticated nation-state threats while also improving performance and resilience, something that is not possible with legacy VPN products. Dispersive applies proven concepts of spread spectrum technology used to secure mobile and military communications and implements them in a novel way within IP networking and the modern cloud architecture.
Dispersive is an emerging cybersecurity leader in the Zero Trust and Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) space. It serves clients worldwide.
The Silicon Review reached out to Dispersive’s Georgia headquarters and spoke with Rajiv Pimplaskar, who serves as the company’s Chief Executive Officer. Here’s what he said.
Q. How does Dispersive-built technology secure and accelerate the connected world?
While other zero trust providers stop at the network level relying on decades-old point-to-point GRE or IPSec tunnels, we go above and beyond with our next-gen VPN solution. This solution, which was developed by satellite communications and signals intelligence experts, can restore trust with the underlying network by safeguarding all communications as well as improving performance and resiliency.
Furthermore, while most security products impose a costly performance overhead, our unique architecture accelerates performance even across low bandwidth and high latency connections.
Q. What can you tell us about the Dispersive™ Virtualized Network?
The Dispersive Virtualized Network is offered in two flavors—DispersiveCloudTM—our SaaS offering that connects site-site, edge to the cloud as well as remote clients, and DispersiveFabric – software platform that can be used by service providers and larger customers to deploy their single-tenant cloud or cloud to edge solution.
Both options follow a three-part approach to fortify any corporate network or cloud. The first step is cloaking the enterprise IT architecture. This is like putting stealth technology on a fighter plane and making it invisible to the outside world and virtually impossible for hackers and cyber terrorists to detect enterprise resources and sensitive user relationships. The second part separates the orchestration plane from the control plane and data plane, making it extremely hard even for a sophisticated nation-state bad actor to intercept the data flow. Our VPN solution splits the data into multiple flows that follow several paths between the source and destination with individualized and constantly rotating keys making the solution even quantum-computing resistant. The third and final piece is protecting all the endpoints of enterprise IT architecture. Our VPN is well-tuned even for mobile hotspots, satellite links, or low bandwidth high latency connections.
Businesses can use DispersiveCloudTM for connecting end devices like Mac, Windows, Linux systems, or even iOS or Android devices, and start using it right away. Moreover, large enterprises and governments can opt to use DispersiveFabric as a software product to deploy a customized solution to meet their individualized needs. In either situation, Dispersive can be used to deploy a new converged cloud-native infrastructure or to augment existing Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) projects.
Q. In what industries are your clients? Can you provide us with one or two success stories describing the challenges your clients faced and how your solutions helped them overcome those challenges?
Our solutions are being successfully deployed in almost every sector where secure and reliable communications are essential. These range from clients in the governmental area, to Fortune 500 companies and large enterprise entities. Dispersive is also popular within the mid-market segment with financial services, insurance, legal technology, and healthcare. While the initial focus is US-based, we are receiving strong interest internationally and will be making some major announcements shortly.
As far as success stories, we recently helped a digital health practice that was experiencing significant bandwidth and performance issues with their previous VPN solution. They previously spent almost 15 minutes uploading medical imagery, like radiology data, and CT scans for access by remote-working radiologists which was a significant productivity and cost drain on their providers. After implementing our technology, they were able to accelerate their system’s performance by over 10 times and keep their data super secure, while also meeting and exceeding HIPAA compliance. These benefits helped dramatically reduce the waiting time for sending imagery files, improving patient care as well as boosting productivity while lowering costs.
Q. What new endeavors is Dispersive currently undertaking?
Dispersive is focused on new customers and partner features that enhance user experience and reduce friction. DispersiveFabric Version 4.3 has just been released for our government and commercial partners that includes a new client with added features for Windows computers, Apple devices, and Android smartphones, including multiple profile capability. In addition to being blazing fast, version 4.3 features a more intuitive look and feel that will simplify life for both end-users and network administrators. The web and API-based provisioning tools for the DispersiveCloud™ SaaS offering have also been completely re-architected to enable better management that will be easier, more comprehensive, and provide greater granularity.
Additionally, the company is focused on developing a rich library of third-party integrations to facilitate better cooperation between the Industry ecosystems. With our relentless focus on delighting the customer and user productivity, we see version 4.3 as a game-changer for our partners and customers and a welcome addition to the industry in helping meet one of its bigger challenges — single point security across the cloud.
Q. No doubt Dispersive is charting new territories in this segment. Given how frequently circumstances change, what plans for transformation are you pursuing to remain relevant now and in the future?
The demand for public cloud and endpoint protection is projected to remain at an all-time high for decades to come. While cybersecurity is naturally inflation-proof, with our strong patented portfolio and first-mover advantage, Dispersive has a significant advantage over the rest of the market. While typical growth stocks can be at risk with the current geopolitical risk, it serves as an accelerant for Dispersive’s business. We have robust technology and product roadmap that continues to keep Dispersive at the cutting edge of innovation. Coupled with our strong execution and momentum, Dispersive is poised for aggressive growth both domestically and abroad.
Q. What is your final message to The Silicon Review readers, your current and future clients, and partners?
Avoidance is always far superior to mitigation for any organization. Our differentiated approach can finally restore trust and resilience to public cloud infrastructure while simultaneously improving performance. Our clients can continue to benefit from our innovative solutions without worrying about multiple products and creating a new risk of supply chain attacks, enabling them to focus on their core business. Dispersive customers can leverage us as a complement to their investments or achieve cost reductions, eliminating the reliance on multiple single-point solutions to protect against new and emerging threats.
Rajiv Pimplaskar | President & CEO
A Zero Trust industry leader, Rajiv is passionate about growth, driving innovation, and scaling SaaS cybersecurity companies.
Rajiv has two decades of experience across products, go-to-market, and sales and until recently was the Chief Revenue Officer for Veridium US, LLC. Prior to joining Veridium, he held sales, corporate development, and technical roles at Cloudmark (acquired by Proofpoint), Atlantis Computing (acquired by HiveIO), and Verizon. He has an MBA and master’s degree in computer science from Widener University in Pennsylvania and a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Pune in India.