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Dark Reading: CounterTack Announces Scout 4

CounterTack, the industry's first and only provider of in-progress cyber attack intelligence and response solutions, today announced the next generation of CT Scout (formerly Event Horizon), a cyber defense solution utilizing Deep System Inspection that enables enterprise and government organizations to detect, assess and respond to advanced threat attacks.

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"Today's organizations have largely accepted the fact that attackers are getting into their networks – that it's no longer a question of 'if' but 'when'," said Neal Creighton, CEO, CounterTack. "With the next generation of CT Scout, CounterTack enables organizations to implement active defense strategies, with rapid deployment honeynets and targeted production system monitoring."

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CounterTack Announces Scout 4

New Stealth Agent Enables Active Defense

WALTHAM, Mass. (May 8, 2013)CounterTack, the industry’s first and only provider of in-progress cyber attack intelligence and response solutions, today announced the next generation of CT Scout (formerly Event Horizon®), a cyber defense solution utilizing Deep System Inspection that enables  enterprise and government organizations to detect, assess and respond  to advanced threat attacks.

Available now, Scout 4 introduces a new kernel-level Stealth Agent, which along with an enhanced analysis engine, enables active defense solutions against in-progress attacks. In a world where it is widely accepted that advanced threats continue to bypass security defenses, the ability to detect and respond to in-progress attacks is critical to reducing the attack dwell time – the time available for attackers to operate on the network and cause damage.

“After establishing a beach head, attackers move laterally through networks to identify and exploit targets, often for extended periods of time,” said former global CISO for BAE Systems, Eric Noonan, now CEO at CyberSheath Services International. “Getting visibility into these behaviors is critical to mounting timely countermeasures and minimizing damage.”

The new agent-based sensor architecture enables CT Scout 4 to support rapid and flexible deployment options that enable customers to implement active defenses and reduce attack dwell time. Deployed on both physical and virtual devices, the Stealth Agent provides great flexibility in deploying next-generation honeynets that not only help detect unknown threats, but also provide the intelligence on attacker means and motives necessary for implementing effective active defense countermeasures. The Stealth Agent can also be deployed directly on production systems as part of active defense strategies to accelerate countermeasures. 

“Today’s organizations have largely accepted the fact that attackers are getting into their networks – that it’s no longer a question of ‘if’ but ‘when’,” said Neal Creighton, CEO, CounterTack. “With the next generation of CT Scout, CounterTack enables organizations to implement active defense strategies, with rapid deployment honeynets and targeted production system monitoring.”

CEOCFO Magazine: Q&A with CounterTack CEO Neal Creighton

This Q&A article with CounterTack’s CEO Neal Creighton reviews how cyber attackers are still penetrating the most sophisticated, layered defenses. CounterTack is leading the way in new solutions for in-progress deeper security intelligence monitoring and faster attack response.With Cyber Attackers Still Penetrating the Most Sophisticated, Layered Defenses, CounterTack is Leading the Way in New Solutions for In-Progress Deeper Security Intelligence Monitoring and Faster Attack Response.With Cyber Attackers Still Penetrating the Most Sophisticated, Layered Defenses, CounterTack is Leading the Way in New Solutions for In-Progress Deeper Security Intelligence Monitoring and Faster Attack Response.

Infosecurity Magazine: Syrian Electronic Army Hacks AP; DOW Briefly Tumbles

Infosecurity Magazine reviews the hack of the Associated Press Twitter account that led to false tweets about explosions at the White House and subsequently almost instantly wiped $136 billion off the DOW. In the story, Syrian Electronic Army Hacks AP; DOW Briefly Tumbles, Sean Bodmer, chief researcher for CounterTack, puts the hack down to a retaliatory PsyOps operation. (If correct, the clear implication is that SEA is engaged in pure and simple cyberwarfare against the US.)

IT Business Edge: The Downside of Twitter

In this story on IT Business Edge, The Downside of Twitter, Sue Marquette Poremba reported on the Twitter hack involving the Associated Press handle. CounterTack Chief Researcher Sean Bodmer weighs in, “I would wager this was meant to harm our International platform and partners as I am sure similar events occurred in March the Syrian President had to respond and recover from. Social Engineering has been in use for decades and there are numerous effects, just like the Dow Jones dropping this afternoon in the wake of the AP Tweet. There were also numerous calls across the world attempting to verify and validate the AP (a trusted group) story. Moreover, this took away from U.S. action items for the day to respond to the flood of requests.”

CounterTack Partners with Preventia to Provide Advanced Malware Analysis Internationally

Closing the Detection Gap on the International Stage

WALTHAM, Mass. (April 23, 2013)CounterTack, the industry’s first and only provider of in-progress cyber attack intelligence and response solutions, today announced its first international customer and strategic partner –  Preventia, a leading IT security specialist, boutique integrator and professional services provider in London.

Cyber attackers target organizations’ most valuable corporate information. Despite advancement in security technology there is still a detection gap, with cyber attackers outpacing cyber defenses. And, there is a growing need in the UK and European market for solutions to help companies close that detection gap.    

“We see a clear opportunity to introduce new technology in the UK and Europe that helps companies better understand the security challenges facing them – and gives them the intelligence they need to address them. That’s where CounterTack comes in,” said Nick Peaster, Managing Director, Preventia. “We’re excited to partner with CounterTack because they solve problems in ways that no other company currently can. Together, Preventia and CounterTack will provide the innovative solutions enterprise companies need to detect breaches early and protect their proprietary information.”

This partnership signifies CounterTack’s first major move into the internal cyber security marketplace. In addition to deploying CounterTack Scout for monitoring and protecting its own network and systems, Preventia will represent CounterTack’s full suite of products in the UK and its existing customer base.  Preventia’s customers include some of the UK’s largest and most prestigious companies, including banks, gaming companies, and retailers.

“Invasive network, workstation and server attacks aren’t unique to this side of the pond. CounterTack’s partnership with Preventia signifies the increasing worldwide demand for solutions such as Scout and Sentinel,” said Neal Creighton, CEO, CounterTack. “We’re excited to partner with Preventia. Its reputation as a provider of new, innovative technologies makes it a great choice for our first international partner.”

Preventia will be exhibiting at Infosecurity Europe April 23 – 25, 2013 at Earls Court Exhibition Centre in London. Stop by Stand E22 to learn more about CounterTack’s full suite of products available through Preventia.

Join Us at Infosecurity Europe 2013 with Our Partner Preventia

Infosecurity Europe 2013: Secure Thinking - Secure Working 

April 23-25 - Earls Court Exhibition Centre - 
London UK

Visit us in the Preventia Limited Booth (Stand E22)

CounterTack is pleased to be joining Preventia at the upcoming Infosecurity Europe, April 23-25 in London.

Are you ready for the information security challenges the future holds? The 18th Infosecurity Europe is Europe’s largest Information Security industry gathering. Featuring over 350 exhibitors, the most diverse range of new products and services, an unrivalled education programme and 12,500 unique visitors from every segment of the industry.

Keynote speakers include representatives from FBI • Dyson • TNT Express • Scotia Gas Networks • Channel 4 • Ofgem Metropolitan Police • Monster Worldwide • Information Commissioner's Office • EMI Music • EasyJet • Sapient, and more.

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CounterTack Announces Stateful Compromise Indicator Support in CT Scout

Automating Detection and Diagnosis of Advanced Cyber Attacks to Accelerate Active Defense Processes

WALTHAM, Mass. (April 8, 2013) – CounterTack, the industry’s first and only provider of in-progress cyber attack intelligence and response solutions, announced today that its cyber threat intelligence product, CT Scout, will support the company’s new Stateful Compromise Indicator (SCI) technology. SCIs are part of a new layer of automated analysis that classifies attacker behavior, delivering immediately actionable intelligence in next-generation honeynet applications and reducing overhead in advanced threat analysis applications. 

For years, honeypots have demonstrated their value in detecting zero-day and other undetectable attacks, particularly in the government sector. Though effective, traditional honeypots are difficult to set up and equally challenging to manage. Further, these systems require highly skilled operators to analyze the large volumes of data they generate. CounterTack’s integrated solution represents a significant shift in this model, with CT Scout offering the world’s first enterprise-ready platform for next-generation honeynet deployments. With the addition of SCI support, CT Scout customers can further automate detection and remediation actions, and deploy honeynets more widely without expanding the need for highly skilled security analysts. 

“CounterTack is revolutionizing the honeypot market by applying automation to the detection of advanced threats and making honeynet capabilities accessible to more organizations,” said Neal Creighton, CEO, CounterTack.” The integration of our SCIs with CT Scout demonstrates CounterTack’s commitment to helping enterprise customers save time and money, while doing battle with today’s increasingly sophisticated cyber threats.” 

SCIs, originally developed for the CT Sentinel cyber defense product, enable rapid detection of advanced threats. With the addition of SCIs, first-line security operations center personnel can handle more alerts directly without escalating to threat analysis teams, thereby enabling much wider deployment of honeynet solutions. SCIs also improve the efficiency of threat analysis teams by enabling them to quickly filter out known threats and focus on new threats as they are detected.

SC Magazine: Suspect Everything: Advanced Threats in the Network

Despite their investments in endpoint security systems, Deb Radcliff reports on SC Magazine – Suspect Everything: Advanced Threat in the Network – that organizations are waking up to the ugly truth that they are nearly blind when it comes to advanced attacks and malware lurking in their networks. According to Sean Bodmer, chief research of CounterTack, applying intelligence to data analysis is critical when attackers are adept at outsmarting layers of security.

CounterTack Announces Scout V3.2

Deep System Cyber Intelligence for Next-Generation Honeynets and Advanced Malware Analysis 

WALTHAM, Mass. (February 26, 2013)CounterTack, the industry’s first and only provider of in-progress cyber attack intelligence and response solutions, today announced the next version of CT Scout (formerly Event Horizon®), a cyber intelligence product helping enterprise and government organizations close the Detection Gap.

The CounterTack Scout product offers a unique platform for next-generation honeynet deployments as well as advanced malware analysis. A self-contained appliance with a multi-blade virtual machine (VM) architecture, CT Scout supports a range of honeynet configurations, from single honeypots in sensitive network areas to networks of honeynet systems deployed throughout enterprise networks to improve detection coverage and perceptual consistency. 

“It's fair to say that many of us want to see what the bad guys are up to, how they’re coming after us, and what they’re coming for, but we certainly don’t want to let them into our production systems to watch them work,” said Christian Seifert, CEO of The Honeynet Project. “If your job is to protect your assets, there's no better way to keep abreast of what the bad guys are up to than to watch them work, and honeynets give us a way to do that in a lower risk setting.”

CounterTack’s CT Scout appliance also provides a safe way to detonate malware for detailed analysis.  When configured as a closed protected environment, the CT Scout VM architecture supports configurations of exact Windows and Linux production-system replicas, including network connectivity.  By leveraging CounterTack’s patented Deep System Inspection technology, CT Scout provides unique visibility into previously undetectable malware behaviors. 

“You can’t protect against what you can’t see,” said Sean Bodmer, Chief Researcher in the CounterTack Cyber Counterintelligence Research Lab. “The kind of intelligence we’re gaining with Deep System Inspection on CT Scout is what enabled us to figure out how to detect Red October and other advanced threats.”

CT Scout V3.2 will be available for sale in March 2013 and is being demonstrated at the RSA Conference this week at CounterTack’s booth #2533.    

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