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·This week, actors dubbed “Pearl Net” by Red Sky analysts,
registered several new domains that we believe may be leveraged by attackers in
the near future. FR12-014 details nearly 200 new indicators of potential
compromise, published to the membership in a simple Kill Chain format. Members
were urged to implement these indicators immediately as preventative measures.
·Red Sky Alliance is growing! Two new members
committed to joining Red Sky Alliance this week and other requested a
membership package. We seem to be bringing in at least one new member per week.
When these two committed companies wrap up, we’ll be closing Founding Memberships*
in that industry sector.
* Founding Members form our
Advisory Board. We limit the number of Advisor to four per industry sector. The
benefit of being a Founding Member is half price membership, extra seats,
expanded participation in the Annual meeting in March, and an 18” x 24” framed
Plankowners Certificate in exchange for early enrollment and participating in our
One of the most exciting things about Red Sky is our Intern
program. This week Dave Chauvette joined us as the Director of Academic Services
after a long career in STEM Charter Schools (32 years!). Dave’s role is
two-fold – being the focal point for bringing schools into the Alliance, and heading
up our Internship program. This year we interviewed scores of candidates. Out
of those, four were offered spots, and two ended up coming in. One was hired away immediately (a PhD
candidate), and the second (a MS candidate in Criminology/Cyber) authored his
first piece of analysis just before his finals - 51 pages and one of our most
read papers. The idea is this… there’s a skill gap between new college
graduates and required analysis in the emerging threats space. Red Sky brings
interns into the program for two semesters. Our first (Bruno) is receiving
three credits for his internship. Other colleges are offering up to six, and
we’re working hard to complete a syllabus for something more formal to begin
working toward training wounded warriors.
The interns are mentored by Red Sky and its members, are asked questions
and peer reviewed like any other crowd-sourced analyst. In addition, interns
can certify through Red Sky simply by peer reviewing in the top 10% like any
other analyst! When they’re ready to graduate and are looking for their first
job, we’ll introduce them to the companies who have been peer reviewing them
through the course of their internship. How cool is that?!
So it’s been another great week for the Red Sky Alliance.