SOURCE: Alert Logic

Alert Logic

October 12, 2010 10:24 ET

Alert Logic Establishes Content, Operations Automation, Research and Emerging Threats Team

New Alert Logic C.O.R.E. Team Mines Real-Time Data to Identify Attacks, Providing Superior Protection

HOUSTON, TX--(Marketwire - October 12, 2010) -  Alert Logic, the leading provider of log management, intrusion detection and cloud security solutions for enterprises and services providers, today announced the creation of its Content, Operations automation, Research and Emerging threats (C.O.R.E.) team. C.O.R.E. focuses on security research aimed at new threat detection as well as developing processes and product content to provide superior network security for Alert Logic partners and customers.

Collaborating with the Alert Logic Security Operations Center (SOC), C.O.R.E. mines and correlates up-to-the minute data from the world's largest service providers and Alert Logic appliances deployed globally to identify and qualify Internet-scale threats, including malicious code propagations, worms and DDoS attacks. By employing automation techniques, this sizable dataset is analyzed continuously to develop and update Alert Logic signatures, complete with threat analyses, which are pushed directly to globally deployed Alert Logic appliances.

"The C.O.R.E. team acts as an early warning system," said Gray Hall, chief executive officer at Alert Logic. "With our SaaS delivery model, their research and findings can immediately benefit customers by integrating content of newly detected threats into our products and services without the need for patches or upgrades."

Led by Alert Logic's director of security research, Johnathan Norman, the C.O.R.E. team is comprised of 11 information security analysts who have a combined 100 plus years of experience working on vulnerability and exploit research, host-based Intrusion Prevention System (IPS) development, Intrusion Detection System (IDS) signature development and malicious code reverse engineering. This experience is what led team members to rank number one in the December 2009 AllStar Challenge of the Netwars competition sponsored by SANS. This "capture the flag" competition combines both offensive and defensive actions to test the security analyst's skills. The advanced research done by C.O.R.E. will directly benefit Alert Logic's products and services, but will also serve the greater security community as evidenced by the team's discovery of vulnerabilities such as the Facebook vulnerability that could have led to exposure of private information or defacement of user pages. 

"Assembling a team to focus on research and emerging threats is a natural progression for Alert Logic," said Norman. "We are combining their world class security analyst credentials with our unique access to threat information from Alert Logic appliances deployed around the world. They are collecting log, threat and vulnerability data that we can correlate and trend together to drive unique insight to improve the security posture of our customers and partners."

About Alert Logic
Alert Logic delivers cloud-powered, managed solutions for IT security and compliance by combining patented technology and 24x7 monitoring by certified analysts. With over 1,000 enterprise customers, serviced directly by Alert Logic or through an IT service provider partner, Alert Logic's Threat Manager and Log Manager provide the best of intrusion detection, network vulnerability assessment, log management and security monitoring. Alert Logic enables users to improve their security posture and comply with regulations and mandates without any capital expense, internal IT resources or protracted implementation times. Alert Logic is based in Houston, TX and was founded in 2002. For more information, please visit

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