Marc Bilodeau and Michael Patterson started the company with the determination to build the most comprehensive flow analysis solution on the market. Today, Scrutinizer is leveraged daily at many of the largest companies in the world for uncovering malicious activities and optimizing the performance of most business applications. Leveraging the collection of flow data to uncover problems is what we mean by using the "network as a sensor." In doing so, Scrutinizer can uncover Botnet communications, DNS abuse, and low and slow data thefts. Both Marc and Mike routinely engage customers to better understand their needs; these suggestions guide the research and development efforts at Plixer. As a result, the company delivers a top-rated solution that simplifies both cyber threat forensics and application performance monitoring.

Security Analytics

With the increasing awareness of security vulnerabilities, many enterprises are realizing that despite deploying the best security layers, no network is safe from cyber threats. Organizations now need to gather security analytics to respond to attacks; Plixer has responded to this need by teaming up with IP and Domain Reputation databases and creating dozens of algorithms that scour flows for odd behavior patterns that are indicative of malicious activity. By engineering a "heat map" that compiles suspicious events, we have been able to improve each customer's overall situational awareness.

Our Solution

Our solution provides a holistic view of the entire enterprise regardless of equipment vendor; by leveraging the latest flow technologies, we can provide deep visibility and pervasive security into every corner of the network. Our software engineers work directly with customers to ensure that our solution monitors unique application performance metrics. The training programs we offer ensure that all our clients are familiar with the forensics available for investigating Internet threats.

Quick Takes

  • Founded in 1999 and privately held with no venture capital
  • Headquarters in Kennebunk, Maine
  • Over 3000 customers
  • Distribution: Direct and Partners in the USA.  Resellers and Distributors abroad

  • “The new Cisco Catalyst 3650-CX compact switches with enhanced quality of service and application visibility capabilities with Netflow Lite combined with Plixer’s Scrutinizer demonstrate our innovative traffic management solutions.”

    Jay Kothari - Product Manager Engineering, Cisco Systems