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CounterTack News Bulletin – April 22, 2013

What We’re Reading this Week

According to the Verizon Data Breach Report there was a significant increase in the number of cyber-attacks in 2012. Despite massive investments in cybersecurity, this increase is further proof of the expanding detection gap and underscores the great need for fundamental and far-reaching change. These startling numbers illustrate increasing danger, not only to enterprise organizations, but also to industrial giants, governments and countries alike. Fortunately, we have seen a marked shift in the response from Washington and government entities around the world. Cyber security is on the tip of everyone’s tongues, from President Obama listing it as a top priority in Chinese relations to the President of Estonia penning a cybersecurity op-ed in the New York Times. With that, we bring you CounterTack’s first weekly news bulletin. In these bulletins, we’ll look back at the week to highlight and analyze key headlines, trends and developments across the information security industry that caught our attention:

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Topics: Cyber Security, Cyber Attack, Network Security, Cyber attack intelligence

Roger Grimes is Right. Make Sure Your Honeynet Solution Is Too

Roger Grimes recently published an article in InfoWorld, “No Honeypot? Don't Bother Calling Yourself a Security Pro,” that argues honeypots should be a pivotal part of any company’s security strategy. He notes that honeypots “can easily capture zero-day exploits, freshly minted malware, and roaming APT hackers,” which are some of the key drivers behind the Detection Gap problem. Despite that, Grimes notes that many businesses have yet to even use them.

So, what’s the holdup? I think many organizations have shied away from honeypots because of perceived difficulties in setting them up and operating them. Traditionally, honeypots also have required highly skilled security professionals to monitor them, scaring off some potential adopters. Also, some organizations mistakenly believe that multilayered firewall, intrusion prevention, antivirus and other defenses provide adequate protection.

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Topics: Cyber attack intelligence, APT, Honeynets

Sean Bodmer, Chief Security Researcher, CounterTack

We are pleased to announce Sean Bodmer as Chief Security Researcher at Countertack. Sean joins us from Damballa where he was also the senior security researcher. We believe that Sean will greatly enhance our mission in delivering “next generation” host intrusion detection & prevention.

A highly visible authority on the frontlines of cyber security, Bodmer brings a unique background and industry perspective to advanced threat detection and analysis to CounterTack.

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Topics: Cyber Crime, Cyber Defense, Cyber Security, Predictions, Cyber Attack, Cyber attack intelligence, APT, Zero-day Attack, Breach

Introducing CounterTack’s New Senior Vice President of Sales

We are very pleased to introduce Kirk Appelman to the CounterTack team today as senior vice president of sales. Kirk, a veteran security executive, will be responsible for the direction and management of our sales operations, as well as driving CounterTack’s overall revenue growth.

Specializing in information security for more than a decade, Kirk holds more than 20 years’ experience in technology sales and sales management. He joins our team from Damballa, where he served as vice president of service provider solutions and established the company’s Telco/ISP business, which under his leadership became a substantial piece of the company’s overall revenue. He also established the company’s international presence by signing marquis clients across Europe and Asia. Prior to Damballa, he was a director of sales at Proofpoint, where he restructured and led the successful growth of the company’s business in the Eastern United States. Throughout his career, Kirk has also held sales leadership positions with McAfee, Juniper Networks and Internet Security Systems (ISS). You can read Kirk’s full bio here.

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Topics: Cyber Defense, Cyber Security, Cyber Attack, Cyber attack intelligence, APT, Honeynets, Detecting in-progress attack, Breaches, Zero-day Attack, News, Breach

President Obama: Taking the Cyber Attack Threat Seriously

In a strongly worded Wall Street Journal op-ed last week, President Obama urged Congress to back Sen. Joe Lieberman’s Cybersecurity Act of 2012.

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Topics: Cyber Attack, Cyber attack intelligence

Exposing Attacker Activity

This video post is one in a series of technical blog posts examining various attack scenarios through video simulations of CounterTack’s Event Horizon platform. Today, CounterTack’s Nenad Kreculj exposes some tactics cyber attackers use to hide their actions.

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Topics: Cyber Security, Cyber attack intelligence, virtual machine introspection, Event Horizon

Announcing Our New Partnership with HP

We’re thrilled to announce that CounterTack has partnered with HP and has received the HP ArcSight Common Event Format (CEF) certification for our flagship product, Event Horizon.

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Topics: Cyber attack intelligence, HP, ArcSight

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