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Threat Stack said Cloud Sight will monitor cloud servers, send alerts about anomalies, and speed up forensics.

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Threat Stack,  a Cambridge, Mass. startup, now has $1.2 million in seed money to fund the launch of its intrusion detection and forensics product for cloud servers.

Execs at the year-old company said the  new Cloud Sight product will  monitor all activity on the servers, alert the user to anomalies, and provide an audit trail of events. It will compete against offerings like Cloud Passage.

Threat Stack Co-founder and CEO Dustin Webber created Snorby , an intrusion detection front-end popular among security analysts. Webber worked at General Electric’s incident response team before joining Mandiant, the cybersecurity specialist that made waves earlier this year when it traced cyberattacks on U.S. companies back to a unit of the Chinese Army.

Company co-founder and  CTO, Jen Andre started out at Symantec before joining Mandiant. It’s clear, given recent exploits against Adobe Systems and others, that companies require better and easier-to-deploy security tools.

While not commenting on the Adobe breach per se, Webber said attacks like that typically involve finding paths of execution against an application that are not validated, and then injecting bits of data that will open, read, and execute files.

“Since this type of activity falls outside of normal operation, Cloud Sight will mark the activity as suspicious and [issue an] alert, making the user aware of the issue so they can respond before customer data is stolen,” he said.

Threat Stack’s new funding comes from Atlas Venture and 406 Ventures. The company also named Richard Bejtlich, chief information security officer of Mandiant, and Chris Wysopal, CTO of Veracode, as advisors.

Threat Stack, built from the ground up for cloud deployment, “will fundamentally change the way DevOps and security professionals begin to think about how to secure their cloud infrastructure,” said Chris Lynch, partner at Atlas Venture.

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