Malware protection company Lastline has announced the creation of the Lastline Threat Intelligence Team, comprised of cybersecurity experts who will be focused on analyzing and reporting on cyberattacks. The team will deliver unprecedented and timely analysis of new malware-based attacks, and trend reports and insights based on the company’s expansive data on prior attacks and detailed malware behaviors.
“Cybercriminals continually reinvent their attacks, making timely detection and analysis essential to effective protection against network breaches,” commented Lastline CEO and Co-founder, Chris Kruegel. “By creating this new team, we will unlock the patterns, trends and insights in our compilation of every attack and piece of malware detected and analyzed by our customers and partners, and speed the dissemination of specific behaviors engineered into a new piece of malware so enterprises can quickly bolster defenses and protect their networks, intellectual property, employees, and customers.”
The team will consist of seasoned professionals with deep expertise in security and malware-based threats. While the team will grow over time, the initial members are:
Dr. Stefano Ortolani – Dr. Ortolani joined Lastline in January 2015 as a security researcher in the Data Analytics team, and is now director of threat intelligence. Prior to Lastline, he was at Kaspersky Lab, where he fostered operational engagements with CERTs, governments, universities, and law enforcement agencies, as well as conducted research of the global threat landscape and led the development of incident response for key enterprise accounts. Dr. Ortolani earned his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the VU University Amsterdam.
Andy Norton – For over 20 years prior to recently joining Lastline’s Threat Intelligence team, Mr. Norton helped to create emerging security technologies at Symantec, Cisco and FireEye. As part of his role, he researched cyberthreats and presented intelligence briefings for the Bush and Obama administrations, the UK Cabinet Office, the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, SWIFT, the Bank of England, The Hong Kong Monetary Authority, and NASA. He also has guided FTSE 250 companies’ strategies for measuring, managing and responding to cyber incidents.
Lastline Breach Defender™, the company’s flagship product, provides a dynamic blueprint of a breach as it unfolds across a network, informed by unprecedented understanding of malware behaviors captured in the Lastline Threat Intelligence Network. The new Threat Intelligence Team’s research and investigations will further inform the context of a breach, and their mining of the Threat Intelligence Network will yield previously unrecognized malware trends and threat insights.