Saturday, November 03, 2012

Epic week in Red Sky!

Despite the storm, it was very busy in the portal this week. Red Sky staff and member analysts participated in crowd-sourcing various targeted malware. We also posted relevant details on two ongoing large-scale Blackhole campaigns which were sourced by our Beadwindow members and are now being corroborated by the private member analysts. Fusion Report 29 will hit the press this weekend and describe a highly targeted incident which leveraged a backdoor that was specifically tailored for the target environment. The malware is not a known variant so the report will include a detailed analysis for future mitigation and correlation.

Beyond that, membership continues to grow! We picked up four new global members this week --a gas and oil company, a large player in the networking community, a new financial institution, and another global internet provider! Data is moving nicely as we round out the last quarter of our first year in operation. 

We’re in planning mode for 2013. Membership projections are looking good. We've got bookings already staged for next year, and we're looking for member feedback on several new features that might include full mobile access, real time encrypted communications, unified messaging, and semi-automated analytics to help reduce some of the manual burden of farming, correlation, and repetitive tasks.

Last, but certainly not least, our intern is preparing to fly the coop. He’s our first, and has ranked out in the top 10% of our peer reviewed analysts since starting with us in March. As a result, he’s currently listed as provisionally “Red Sky Certified” (RSc)*, and will qualify for one year certification in March if he sticks around that long. He graduates in December, and as promised, we’ve referred him into two member companies, and to make sure we align with his long term goals, we introduced him into a third, non-member company. I’ll let you know where he finally lands, but this is very exciting. We’ve narrowed down next year’s crop of interns to four, and will be working them through a filtering process over the next couple of weeks. Interested in learning cyber analytics in the APT space? Drop our Academic Director a note.

Until next week!
Have a great weekend!

* Red Sky certified (RSc) is granted provisionally after two quarters of ranking in the top 10% of all peer reviewed analysts in Red Sky. Four consecutive quarters of top 10% peer reviews earns one year of Red Sky Certification. Three years certified makes it permanent.
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