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Personam and Sphere of Influence Offer Advanced Insider-Threat Technology to CTTSO

Personam, Inc. has partnered with Sphere of Influence, Inc. to offer their behavioral profiling platform to the US Combatting Terrorism Technical Support Office (CTTSO). The technology actively monitors computer networks for insider threats and compromised accounts and is able to provide instantaneous actionable intelligence on active threats within an organization’s security perimeter, before threats manifest into breaches. The technology is 100% passive, neither interfering with operations nor accessing sensitive data. Based on advanced real-time computational analysis of digital behaviors, it detects active and persistent threats without generating what the industry calls ‘excessive false positives’.

Developed in a joint partnership, Personam, Inc. has already introduced several of its detectors to commercial organizations, protecting them from fraud, theft, vandalism, and compromised user accounts. The CTTSO recently selected the partnership’s offering into a group of semi-finalists that will be further evaluated for suitability.

Personam CEO, Chris Kauffman, said, “It takes one week for our platform to learn the behaviors of an organization well enough to identify threats. Threatening behavior has been discovered in 100% of our commercial clients thus far, all of whom have been running conventional detection solutions for years. Given the ubiquitous nature of the insider threat, which mostly goes undetected, I’m extremely excited to see the Federal Government showing serious interest in this technology”.

The team’s technology is completely self-learning. The platform teaches itself to discern between potential threats and normal behavior. Sphere of Influence Managing Partner, Thad Scheer, said “there’s no rule book for what constitutes an insider threat or what to look for, every situation is different. What’s unique about our platform is that it teaches itself to find threats, making it nearly impossible to subvert, even if you know it’s there”.

Sphere of Influence, Inc. is a Virginia-based software developer that specializes in advanced data analytics and big data. The Analytics Studios at Sphere of Influence are the largest on the East Coast and provide solutions for Automotive, Agriculture, Consumer Products, Defense, and Intelligence.

Personam, Inc. is a new cyber-security company that focuses exclusively on detecting insider threats and compromised user accounts. The company’s patented technology generates automated threat intelligence by monitoring live networks 24×7 with behavioral profiling.

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Personam to Showcase Technology at NITSIG Insider Threat Symposium

PRESS RELEASE

Personam Inc., the leader in insider threat protection technology today announced its upcoming participation at the 2015 NITSIG Insider Threat Symposium & Expo which will take place at the Johns Hopkins University – Applied Physics Laboratory (JHU-APL) Kossikoff Center in Laurel, Maryland on March 31st, 2015.

 

McLean, VA (PRWEB) March 24, 2015

Personam Inc., the leader in insider threat protection technology, today announced its upcoming participation at the 2015 NITSIG Insider Threat Symposium & Expo which will take place at the Johns Hopkins University – Applied Physics Laboratory (JHU-APL) Kossikoff Center in Laurel, Maryland on March 31st, 2015.

The Insider Threat Symposium & Expo provides opportunities for professional development with informative presentations from leading experts in insider threat, and an exposition that will feature industry technologies and services.

At the Insider Threat Symposium & Expo, Personam Inc. will be featuring its patent pending technology, geared specifically to detect insider threats and compromised accounts.

“Our technology uncovers compromised accounts, breached perimeters, and malicious insiders that other products miss”, said Chris Kauffman, Personam Inc.’s CEO. “Traditional technologies are incapable of detecting these types of threats. We have discovered active attacks on customer networks with every deployment to date, even when other cyber products are present.”

About Personam

Personam is the leading innovator using advanced analytics and machine learning to detect insider threat attacks in-progress. Personam’s appliance provides passive network monitoring without the dependence of endpoint software agents or pre-defined event input data. Often installed and operational in less than an hour, Personam continuously monitors the behavior patterns of the users and devices on the network. The moment a threat is detected, analysts in Personam’s monitoring center are notified and aid the client with incident response. Personam’s headquarters and research labs are located in McLean, VA.

Press Release: http://www.prweb.com/releases/2015/03/prweb12601057.htm

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Personam’s 2015 predictions

Personam, Inc Predicts Top 4 Insider Threat Concerns for 2015

McLean, VA: Personam Inc., a leader in insider threat protection technology based on patent-pending machine learning and behavior profiling techniques today revealed Insider Threat Predictions for 2015. The predictions are based on insights gained from the Personam Insider Threat Lab team that monitors and responds to insider threat incidents for enterprise customers.

“Insider threat is traditionally thought to be a malicious employee with access to critical data and systems as part of their work, but a major shift is occurring as a result of huge data breaches like the one Target suffered, where compromised credentials of a supplier were used as the attack vector”, said Personam’s CEO, Chris Kauffman. “While the Snowden incident was caused by deliberate action, often times an insider threat is a result of accidental exposure or simple employee misuse, where phishing attacks successfully deliver malware onto the network.”

Personam’s 2015 predictions:

1. Significant rise in phishing scams    

While armies of bots continue to blindly attack layered perimeters with exploits against specific technical vulnerabilities, this method of attack will not produce the most costly headlines in 2015. Despite the seemingly endless array of zero-day vulnerabilities, modern enterprises are heavily defended from external threats.

Cybercriminals and syndicates have learned that phishing scams is an effective way to harvest legitimate credentials that not only allows them inside the perimeter, but also gives them a disguise as a legitimate user. In just one test of business users, more than 80% of participants were unable to detect phishing email. With the success rate of these types of techniques, there will be a significant rise in the sophistication and volume of phishing and spear phishing attacks.

2. Major data breaches by non-hackers   

Forget cybercriminal professionals and eastern European hacker syndicates, the real story is that people with little or no advanced technical skill will perpetrate some of the biggest data breaches in 2015. In a recent case that came to light at Amtrak, a secretary to a Train and Engine crew sold passenger data for over twenty years, receiving a total of $854,460 over that time. The point is that the person accused was simply doing their job which provided them with plenty of opportunity to secure data and data assets.

There are many motivations for someone on the inside to deliberately steal sensitive data from disgruntled employee (or former employee) to financial greed to social and political activism. And the reality is that a majority of companies won’t even know about it until it is too late, just like Amtrak. What we saw in 2014 is just the tip of the iceberg. With the combination of ample opportunity along with the right incentive, there will be many more of these cases in 2015.

3. More security budgets include insider threat  

In 2015, insider threat will begin to show up as a separate budget line item and priority for cyber security. In part this stems from numerous front page examples of data breaches resulting from compromised accounts that led to outside access. Target was still fresh on the minds of business executives, with over 40 million credit and debit card numbers stolen, when the biggest insider threat story of the year broke – the Sony breach.

In contrast to outsider attacks on networks, insider threats are under reported. The damage and negative impact caused by insider incidents is more often not reported because of concerns about negative publicity. But with even a few number of big incidents making it into public media like Target, it is causing corporate directors and officers to rethink priorities as they will be held accountable for such incidents. As more insider threat incidents hit the news, and damages continues to grow despite increased spending for external threat protection, corporate directors and officers will seek niche technologies that address the potential for and risk of data breaches.

4. Government agencies will still be stuck in planning mode 

In November 2012, President Obama issued a memorandum on the “National Insider Threat Policy and Minimum Standards.” Since then, executive branch departments have focused on defining policies and standards, relying on existing background checks and workforce self-reporting, and doing little to actually implement new programs or deploy effective technology for continuous monitoring and threat detection.

Government agencies will likely continue to struggle with budgets and numerous technical evaluation programs. Commercial markets will drive most insider threat capabilities and innovation.

About Personam

Personam is the leading innovator using advanced analytics and machine learning to detect insider threat attacks in-progress. Personam’s appliance provides passive network monitoring without the dependence of endpoint software agents or pre-defined event input data. Often installed and operational in less than an hour, Personam continuously monitors the behavior patterns of the users and devices on the network. The moment a threat is detected, analysts in Personam’s monitoring center are notified and aid the client with incident response. Personam’s headquarters and research labs are located in McLean, VA. More information can be found at www.PersonamInc.com.

Personam Featured in MarketWatch Article on Insider Threat

Personam’s Founder and CEO, Chris Kauffman, was interviewed for a MarketWatch article on insider threats , “Are you a psychopath? Your boss wants to know”.

 

About Personam

Personam is the leading innovator using advanced analytics and machine learning to detect insider threat attacks in-progress. Personam’s appliance provides passive network monitoring without the dependence of endpoint software agents or pre-defined event input data. Often installed and operational in less than an hour, Personam continuously monitors the behavior patterns of the users and devices on the network. The moment a threat is detected, analysts in Personam’s monitoring center are notified and aid the client with incident response. Personam’s headquarters and research labs are located in McLean, VA. More information can be found at www.PersonamInc.com.

Personam Briefs the CXO Forum on Insider Threats to Small and Medium Businesses

Chris Kauffman, Founder and CEO of Personam, spoke to a gathering at the CXO Forum this morning on the things every executive needs to know about Insider Threats. Patrick Stump of Roka Security was also on hand to brief the group on the growing external threats to organizations.

CXO Forum is a monthly gathering for CEOs of growing and mid-sized companies. The CXO offers C-level executives a safe haven where peer-to-peer discussions of ideas and solutions can take place in an environment of collaboration that builds collegiality. Recently, the forum’s members have grown concerned over the escalation of cyber threats to their businesses.

About Personam

Personam is the leading innovator using advanced analytics and machine learning to detect insider threat attacks in-progress. Personam’s appliance provides passive network monitoring without the dependence of endpoint software agents or pre-defined event input data. Often installed and operational in less than an hour, Personam continuously monitors the behavior patterns of the users and devices on the network. The moment a threat is detected, analysts in Personam’s monitoring center are notified and aid the client with incident response. Personam’s headquarters and research labs are located in McLean, VA. More information can be found at www.PersonamInc.com.

Cyber Security Summit in NYC

Personam generated large crowds at their booth supporting the Cyber Security Summit in NYC. Companies from industries ranging from Big Pharma, Finance, Banking, to Energy all spent time learning about Personam’s insider threat detecting solution. Most of the attendees already understood the importance of protecting their organizations from internal threats, but many did not know that an advanced solution was now available. They spoke to Personam representatives, and watched live demos in the booth. The Summit proved to be a great one-day event.

Cutter IT: Data Hacking, No Day at the Breach News

Chris Kauffman, Personam Founder and CEO, wrote an article discussing the state of the art in insider threat detection technology. The article was published in the “Data Hacking, No Day at the Breach” volume (August 2014) of the Cutter IT Journal.

 

The article, “The Insider Track on Cyber Security”, can be downloaded from the site here.

 

About Personam

Personam is the leading innovator using advanced analytics and machine learning to detect insider threat attacks in-progress. Personam’s appliance provides passive network monitoring without the dependence of endpoint software agents or pre-defined event input data. Often installed and operational in less than an hour, Personam continuously monitors the behavior patterns of the users and devices on the network. The moment a threat is detected, analysts in Personam’s monitoring center are notified and aid the client with incident response. Personam’s headquarters and research labs are located in McLean, VA. More information can be found at www.PersonamInc.com.

 

Personam’s Chris Kauffman Participates on Cyber Security Panel

Chris Kauffman, Founder and CEO of Personam, participated on a panel of experts in cyber security threats and preparedness. The event was put on by The Hub, a DC-based group providing up-close, direct access to industry leaders, legends and peers. Mr. Kauffman provided the audience with insight into the Insider Threat, and recommendations for mitigating the risks. Other panelists included Brett Wilson, VP of Products at CYREN; Chris Garcia, MSCIT, MPM of CALIBRE Systems; and Kevin Jones, Senior Security Architect at Thycotic.

About Personam

Personam is the leading innovator using advanced analytics and machine learning to detect insider threat attacks in-progress. Personam’s appliance provides passive network monitoring without the dependence of endpoint software agents or pre-defined event input data. Often installed and operational in less than an hour, Personam continuously monitors the behavior patterns of the users and devices on the network. The moment a threat is detected, analysts in Personam’s monitoring center are notified and aid the client with incident response. Personam’s headquarters and research labs are located in McLean, VA. More information can be found at www.PersonamInc.com.

 

Personam to Brief the House Intelligence Committee on Insider Threat

The staff of the House Permanent Select Committee On Intelligence has invited Chris Kauffman, Personam’s Founder and CEO, to brief them on Personam’s insider threat detection capabilities. In the wake of the high-profile Bradley Manning and Edward Snowden events, and the Presidential Memorandum on National Insider Threat Policy and Minimum Standards for Executive Branch Insider Threat Programs, the staff is interested in learning how existing practices like background checks and training & awareness programs can be supplemented with advanced technology for the continuous monitoring of the workforce.

About Personam

Personam is the leading innovator using advanced analytics and machine learning to detect insider threat attacks in-progress. Personam’s appliance provides passive network monitoring without the dependence of endpoint software agents or pre-defined event input data. Often installed and operational in less than an hour, Personam continuously monitors the behavior patterns of the users and devices on the network. The moment a threat is detected, analysts in Personam’s monitoring center are notified and aid the client with incident response. Personam’s headquarters and research labs are located in McLean, VA. More information can be found at www.PersonamInc.com.

Personam Featured in Article on Federal Agencies Embracing New Technologies for Insider Threat

Personam’s Founder and CEO, Chris Kauffman, was interviewed for a Washington Post article on insider threat technologies, “Federal agencies embrace new technology and strategies to find the enemy within”.

 

About Personam

Personam is the leading innovator using advanced analytics and machine learning to detect insider threat attacks in-progress. Personam’s appliance provides passive network monitoring without the dependence of endpoint software agents or pre-defined event input data. Often installed and operational in less than an hour, Personam continuously monitors the behavior patterns of the users and devices on the network. The moment a threat is detected, analysts in Personam’s monitoring center are notified and aid the client with incident response. Personam’s headquarters and research labs are located in McLean, VA. More information can be found at www.PersonamInc.com.