Cyber ​​Crucible Helps Businesses Get Accurate About Network Security Threats

from Maryland Cyber ​​Crucible launched a new product called CollectiPede to ensure businesses can have access to an end-to-end cybersecurity solution, while protecting against cyber threats during the holidays.
“Vulnerability to cyberattacks can be particularly high during the holiday season,” said the founder of Cyber ​​Crucible. Denis Underwood. “There are usually more customers than the rest of the year and more IT staff on break. But hackers don’t take vacations.
The network packet capture solution offers the ability to search the network traffic history for signs of violations, according to the company. Although CollectiPede is now industry-neutral, it was originally created for healthcare customers who didn’t have a budget for typical enterprise-grade network capture software, which is the first critical step in Cyber ​​Crucible’s full product offering.
Used with Cyber ​​Crucible’s flagship product, Collectipede is designed to speed up the monitoring process, aligning with Cyber ​​Crucible’s vision to help automate a time-consuming and laborious process.
“We took a step back and said, ‘Is there a way to do things using [machine learining], AI, faster and better while providing CIOs with answers to the questions they ask themselves? Underwood talked about the early stages of Cyber ​​Crucible.
Underwood started working in IT to pay for his living expenses while he was finishing his bachelor’s degree in computer science and discovered he had a knack for cybersecurity. He was able to combine the strategic thinking acquired during his military experience with his new skills in software. Shortly after winning the National Collegiate Cyber ​​Defense Competition as part of a student team, Underwood was recruited by the NSA, where he worked for several years. He then made the transition, first as a DoD civilian and then as a contractor, where he continued to deal with the challenges faced by CISOs and CIOs, who did not have access to solutions. market available to meet their needs. It was after this that Underwood explored a new approach to these challenges.
The myriad of questions CISOs and CIOs would ask following a cyberattack regarding the impact of the intrusion, combined with a lack of trained personnel to find attackers and their impact, prompted Underwood to launch Cyber Crucible.
He determined that what was needed was higher-level cryptanalysis using machine learning techniques that could have more impact on cybersecurity – a tool that could both speed up the analysis of these alerts to mitigate false positives while simultaneously offering insight into the implications those real alerts would have. This provides a rapid response that also gives immediate insight into where the biggest vulnerabilities are, the impact of the security breach and its significance, Underwood said.
Cyber ​​Crucible is now a 12-person team based in Severna Park. The company’s patented cloud-based technology inspects suspicious network traffic to detect confirmed cyberattacks. Machine learning and AI techniques are applied to get back to the client within minutes with the exact stolen records and commands given by an attacker.
“It’s like we’re looking over the hacker’s shoulder,” says Underwood, “and we can get that information to the CISO within minutes.”


Kevin M. Risinger