Computer Technology Review: A New Approach to Cyber Security

Advanced, targeted threats loom over our hyper-connected world, making information security a constant, uphill struggle for enterprise organizations. Intellectual property, personally identifiable information (PII) and financial data are at greater risk than ever before, yet many executives within Fortune 1000 organizations still believe IT security is solely with the security department, and does not warrant the attention of senior executives and the board of directors.

Additionally, many enterprises lack the right tools, training and experience to effectively combat targeted attacks. Today’s advanced and evolving cyber challenges require a new approach and dedicated resources, but many organizations have yet to make a change.

My company, CounterTack, recently commissioned an independent survey of 100 information security executives at enterprise organizations with revenues greater than $100 million, called A Cyber-readiness Reality Check, which reveals a heightened awareness of global threats, but a lack of situational awareness when it comes to their own enterprises. 

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CounterTack Names Sean Bodmer Chief Researcher, Counter-Exploitation Intelligence

Newly Appointed Executive Brings Depth of Assurance, Detection and Research Experience

WALTHAM, Mass. (November 13, 2012) – CounterTack, the industry’s first and only provider of in-progress cyber attack intelligence and response solutions, today announced the hiring of Sean Bodmer as the company’s chief researcher of counter-exploitation intelligence, effective immediately. Bodmer, former senior threat intelligence analyst for Damballa, brings a unique background and industry perspective to advanced threat detection and analysis. Bodmer has been a highly visible authority on the frontlines of cyber security. His experience has ranged from building advanced honeynets and advanced intrusion detection systems to conducting internal research and military intelligence field operations.

“Joining a company like CounterTack, which has built a strong reputation as an innovator in advanced threat detection, was an easy decision,” said Bodmer. “I look forward to enhancing that reputation by advancing and building on the company’s research into threat counter-exploitation intelligence in support of its mission to tackle today’s most daunting organized and persistent threats and their crimeware tools, tactics, and techniques.”

An oft-cited and published cyber security expert, Bodmer has more than 16 years of security assurance experience. As senior threat intelligence analyst for Damballa, Bodmer served as threat intelligence team lead, where he was responsible for leading the counter-intelligence, counter-exploitation, malware analysis, and crimeware infrastructure analysis activities. Prior to his work at Damballa, Bodmer worked in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area for more than a decade supporting U.S. defense and intelligence agencies as a subject matter expert in his fields of practice in computer network defense and exploitation. Bodmer co-authored Hacking Exposed: Malware and Rootkits and Reverse Deception Organized Cyber Threat Counter-Exploitation, both published by McGraw-Hill in 2009 and 2012, respectively.

“Sean’s depth of experience on the frontlines of cyber security research and programming will bring CounterTack customers a deeper understanding of the dangers, permutations and constant evolution of advanced, targeted attacks,” said Neal Creighton, chief executive officer at CounterTack. “His research and industry perspectives will also ensure CounterTack continues building and enhancing our detection capabilities to meet pace with the ever-changing nature of threats from today’s most sophisticated and determined adversaries.”

In addition to heading up CounterTack’s research team and helping to advance the company’s detection capabilities, Bodmer also rounds out a strong bench of company experts and will take an active role in shaping the CounterTack blog and advancing industry discussions around advanced malware threats and detection.

 Survey Results on Security Execs Cyber-readiness

Visit Us at RSA Conference 2013 - Cyber Attack Intelligence

RSA Conference 2013:
Security in Knowledge: Mastering data - Securing the world
February 25 - March 1, 2013 - San Francisco

Visit us in Booth #2533

CounterTack is pleased to be sponsoring the upcoming 2013 RSA Conference, February 25 – March 1 in San Francisco. The RSA Conference convenes thousands of information security professionals who will discover the latest advancements in security technology. Covered topics include: Application Security; CISO Viewpoint; Cloud & Virtualization Security; Data Security & Privacy; Enterprise Defense; Hackers & Threats; Identity and Access Management; Security Trends & Innovation; and much more. 

Don’t miss CounterTack at Booth #2533 – and a chance to win a Vespa Scooter!

  • Check out the latest findings from CounterTack’s Cyber Counter-Intelligence Research Labs – including the successful detection of “Red October” malware and other targeted attacks.
  • Preview patented technology that enables monitoring from deep within the operating systems of actual production assets to detect polymorphic and armored malware to targeted and personalized attacks to non-malware attacks.
  • Demo two new, game-changing solutions focused on deep system inspection and new Stateful Compromise Indicators, purpose-built to narrow today's existing detection.

And don’t miss book signing events at CounterTack’s booth #2533 with leading cyber security researcher Sean Bodmer (Tuesday at 1:00 p.m.) and acclaimed security visionary Stuart McClure (Thursday at 11:00 a.m.)

Attending the show? Contact us to schedule an onsite meeting.

To register for the Conference, please visit the RSA Conference website.  

For Information on our VESPA Giveaway at RSA 2013.


CounterTack and CyberSheath Announce New Cyber Security Partnership

Strategic Partnership Introduces Comprehensive Cyber Security and Compliance Solutions to Enterprise and Government Organizations

WALTHAM, Mass. (October 16, 2012) – CounterTack, the industry’s first and only provider of in-progress cyber attack intelligence and response solutions, today announced a strategic partnership with CyberSheath Services International, a new company that bridges the gap between business and IT risk with innovative risk management solutions. 

Through this partnership, CounterTack and CyberSheath combine unique services and solution expertise to help customer organizations effectively combat today’s advanced, targeted cyber attacks. By joining forces, the companies bring to market integrated technology solutions that enable real-time cyber attack intelligence and rich, actionable forensics, while meeting organizations’ business-specific regulatory compliance requirements.

CounterTack’s Event Horizon® is an active monitoring, detection and intelligence platform that enables organizations to identify, disrupt and respond to in-progress cyber attacks. CyberSheath’s comprehensive compliance and threat mitigation services provide joint customers with build-it metrics, enabling them to measure their risk profiles, improve their security postures and deploy resources where they will have the greatest impact.

“CounterTack’s Event Horizon platform for continuous, operating system-level monitoring and detection of in-progress attacks, coupled with CyberSheath’s methodology for quantifying security risk against regulatory compliance, is a powerful force multiplier in risk management,” said Eric Noonan, CEO, CyberSheath.

“In today’s era of highly sophisticated corporate cyber attacks, CounterTack continues to build its strategic network of technology partners, helping us to provide organizations with unmatched attack intelligence and response solutions to meet their unique security needs,” said Neal Creighton, CEO, CounterTack. “The new CounterTack CyberSheath reseller and referral agreement allows us to offer one-of-a-kind cyber security solutions to a far-reaching customer base, and we look forward to a mutually beneficial business partnership.”

About CyberSheath

CyberSheath Services International was founded to fill the leadership void in the cyber security market and replace duplicative and wasteful security practices and technologies with measurably better solutions. The company delivers automated and measurable security programs that quantify organizations’ security posture for their customers and auditors.



CounterTack Appoints Security Veteran Stuart McClure to Board of Directors

CounterTack Expands Board of Directors with Cylance, Inc. CEO and Former McAfee Global CTO

WALTHAM, Mass. (October 9, 2012) – CounterTack, the industry’s first and only provider of in-progress cyber attack intelligence and response solutions, today announced it has named Stuart McClure, president and CEO of Cylance and former McAfee global chief technology officer, to its Board of Directors. CounterTack provides unprecedented levels of intelligence in attacks currently taking place inside the network perimeter.

“CounterTack is taking a truly unique approach to solving today’s most challenging security problem – advanced, highly targeted attacks that have already infiltrated enterprise networks,” said McClure. “I look forward to working alongside some of the industry’s most innovative security leaders to further accelerate the company’s rapid growth, while bringing to market unprecedented levels of intelligence and visibility into in-progress cyber attacks.”

An acclaimed security visionary, McClure has more than 22 years of technology and executive leadership experience with profound technical, operational and financial expertise. Currently, McClure is the president and CEO of stealth security company Cylance, Inc. McClure most recently served as global chief technology officer at McAfee. Previously, he held positions as executive director of security services for Kaiser Permanente, served as senior vice president of global threats and research at McAfee Labs where he led an elite global security threats team, and was founder, president and chief technology officer of Foundstone (acquired by McAfee in 2004). Widely recognized for his extensive and in-depth knowledge of security, McClure is one of the industry's leading authorities in information security. His first book, Hacking Exposed: Network Security Secrets & Solutions has been translated into more than 30 languages and is the definitive best-selling computer security book.

“Stuart’s deep knowledge of the security industry and seasoned expertise make him a powerful addition to our Board of Directors,” said Neal Creighton, chief executive officer at CounterTack. “His strategic guidance will be invaluable as CounterTack continues to build strong momentum, sparking the revolution the security industry so desperately needs.”

In addition to McClure, the members of CounterTack’s Board of Directors are Retired Admiral William J. Fallon, chairman; Neal Creighton, chief executive officer; Alen Capalik, founder and chief architect; Mark Hatfield, partner at Fairhaven Capital; Christopher Boies, partner at Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP; and Alex Doll, CEO of OneID.

CounterTack Names New Senior Vice President of Sales

In-progress Cyber Attack Intelligence Provider Appoints Veteran Security Executive to Leadership Team

WALTHAM, Mass. (September 27, 2012) – CounterTack, the industry’s first and only provider of in-progress cyber attack intelligence and response solutions, today announced that Kirk Appelman has joined the company as senior vice president of sales. Appelman will be responsible for the direction and management of CounterTack’s sales operations, as well as driving the company’s overall revenue growth.

Specializing in information security for more than a decade, Appelman holds more than 20 years’ experience in technology sales and sales management. He joins CounterTack 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, Appelman 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, Appelman has also held sales leadership positions with McAfee, Juniper Networks and Internet Security Systems (ISS).

"Kirk’s proven track record and extensive expertise in the advanced threat market make him an invaluable asset and strong addition to CounterTack’s leadership team," said Neal Creighton, CEO, CounterTack. "By providing unique, real-time analysis of operating system-level functions, CounterTack continues its accelerated growth, offering government and enterprise organizations broad situational awareness of their IT environments coupled with actionable forensics intelligence on in-progress attacks." 

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