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Versive CEO Joe Polverari. (Versive Photo)

Context Relevant — a well-funded Seattle-area startup founded in 2012— has been flying under the radar for the past few years after its founder and CEO stepped down.

Now it’s stepping back into the limelight with a new product and a new name. The company announced Thursday that it is changing its name to Versive and also unveiled the Versive Security Engine, an artificial intelligence-powered cybersecurity system designed to protect companies’ enterprise systems from hostile attacks.

The tool works by connecting instances of suspicious or malicious activity detected at different points in the network and across time, which Versive says sets it apart from other available cybersecurity services.

“Malicious actors already operating inside networks are fast becoming the top machine-scale problem in business and government today,” Versive CEO Joe Polverari said in a statement. “As one of the foremost innovators in artificial intelligence, our team recognizes the unrivaled power of data science, machine learning, and automation to solve these high-stakes cybersecurity challenges.”

“Today’s launch is the result of extensive development efforts between our platform team, customers, and top minds in the fields of cyber defense and national security. Any organization can now leverage the power of advanced machine learning to gain an advantage over cyber threats by using the Versive Security Engine, built on true AI innovation and tailored to meet progressive security teams’ demands,” he said.

Versive was originally founded as a data science and analytics company focused on the financial market.

Its new focus — and new look — come two years after the company cut a third of its staff and conducted a deep operational review following the departure of its founder and CEO, Stephen Purpura. Polverari was appointed CEO last spring following an interim period when the company was led by investor and board member Chris Kelley.

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