DarkLight Appoints Dan Wachtler as Chief Executive
Also announces headquarters relocation to Seattle, Washington
DarkLight, Inc, Seattle, WA, August 7, 2018 –Business Wire — DarkLight, Inc., formerly Champion Technology Company, Inc., and maker of the first of its kind cybersecurity solution using an Artificial Intelligence Expert System, today announced the appointment of Dan Wachtler as Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Wachtler joins DarkLight having extensive experience in both financial crimes compliance and cybersecurity – both of which are verticals the DarkLight platform is expected to serve.
Mr. Wachtler joins DarkLight just as the team and Co-Founders Ryan Hohimer and John Shearer - with extensive support from DarkLight CISO and cybersecurity science expert, Shawn Riley - launch the latest version of DarkLight Cyber. The DarkLight Cyber solution is a knowledge engineering based active defense product which takes over where Machine Learning AI leaves off.
SEI CERT Division Announces Data Science in Cybersecurity Symposium
Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institute, CERT Division, July 30, 2018, PRNewswire − The Carnegie Mellon University Software Engineering Institute CERT Division announced the 2nd annual CERT Data Science in Cybersecurity Symposium, a free one-day symposium to be held in Arlington, Va., on August 29. Registration is now open.
The 2018 CERT Data Science in Cybersecurity Symposium focuses on metadata and will examine the deep insights to be gleaned from what appears to be highly limited data and the relationship between cybersecurity data and privacy and how to manage that risk.
Shawn Riley, DarkLight's Chief Data Officer and CISO, will be the afternoon keynote speaker. Mr. Riley is a recognized thought leader in the defense and intelligence communities.
R9B Introduces Artificial Intelligence-Based Expert System to Hunt Operations
R9B executes strategic partner investment and alliance with Champion Technology
root9B, LLC, Colorado Springs, Colorado, May 7, 2018, PRNewswire − R9B (root9B, LLC), a leading provider of cybersecurity products and services, announced today a strategic partner investment into Champion Technology, the provider of a next-generation expert system and analytic platform, DarkLight®. The companies will form a technology partnership to leverage DarkLight's knowledge framework to optimize and cross-correlate data sets. The full integration of DarkLight with R9B's ORKOS and ORION products will enable AI-driven response actions to security events. This will provide real-time advanced data analytics to R9B's Adversary Pursuit Centers (APCs) in Colorado Springs and San Antonio, increasing security efficiency.
Shawn Riley To Present, "AI And The Scientific Method For Cyber Investigation Automation"
ITPG Secure Compliance, Secure and Comply Webinar, November 16, 2017, 1pm EST – "Artificial Intelligence" is arguably one of the most over-used terms in cybersecurity today and despite the potential, most organizations are in the dark about how best to apply it -- and more importantly, how to explain the results it produces.
At 1pm EST on November 16, 2017, Shawn Riley, Chief Data Officer – Cybersecurity Scientist at DarkLight, will discuss how encoding expert tradecraft using scientific methods and common knowledge / data models - can produce AI with explainable results for improved investigation and an active cyber defense.
AI Cyber Solution Distills Expert Strategies From Many Sources Into Defense Playbook
Cooperative, not competitive, system harnesses knowledge, experience for collective good
ThirdCertainty, September 21, 2017, Article by Byron Acohido – The ongoing warfare between small and midsize companies defending their networks against relentless hackers just isn’t a fair fight, says John Shearer, CEO of DarkLight.
So what if the good guys took some cues from the bad guys? I had the chance to discuss this topic in person with Shearer at Black Hat 2017. Here are some takeaways:
Why You May Be Looking at AI All Wrong
Artificial intelligence is everywhere in the media, but enterprise leaders must look past the hype and understand how to apply it to create real business value now
CIO, September 7, 2017, Article by Charles Araujo – While all the attention has been on artificial intelligence, and the images of mass job elimination that it engenders, the much larger impact of AI technologies in the immediate future will be in the form of what is called Augmented Intelligence.
Many of the industry’s leading AI technology companies are now focusing on how enterprise organizations can leverage their technology to augment and enhance the productivity and effectiveness of their employees, rather than replace them. This more pragmatic approach offers enterprise organizations with a way to more realistically apply AI technologies and derive immediate competitive advantage in the market.
DarkLight Offers First of its Kind Artificial Intelligence to Enhance Cybersecurity Defenses
Shawn Riley, Chief Data Officer, Demonstrates Revolutionary New DarkLight 3.0 Technology at Black Hat’s Innovation City
Santa Monica, CA, July 26, 2017, Business Wire – Champion Technology Company, Inc., developer of DarkLight, an AI expert system for active cyber defense and trusted information sharing, today released their latest technology update with DarkLight 3.0. Enterprises are under constant attack from increasingly sophisticated cyber adversaries and the time is right to tip the balance back in favor of beleaguered defenders. The new 3.0 version of DarkLight does just that, employing an artificial intelligence-based expert system designed to enhance existing security tools and teams, and deliver human-quality results at scale.
DarkLight to Participate in AFCEA Defensive Cyber Operations Symposium
Shawn Riley, Chief Data Officer, to Lead Discussion on Active Cyber Defense and Trusted Information Sharing
Santa Monica, CA, May 26, 2017 – DarkLight announced today that their Chief Data Officer, Shawn Riley, has been selected to present at the Cyber Innovation Showcase during the AFCEA 2017 Defensive Cyber Operations Symposium. The Symposium will take place June 13-15, 2017 in Baltimore, Maryland and Riley will lead his session on June 14 from 1:30pm-2:00pm EDT.
AFCEA’s Defensive Cyber Operations Symposium provides a forum for government and industry to discuss requirements and solutions that will ensure the networks within the Department of Defense (DoD) are adaptive, resilient and effective across a range of uses and against diverse threats.
DarkLight’s presentation, “A.I.-Based Expert System for Active Cyber Defense and Trusted Information Sharing”, was chosen by members of the AFCEA Technology Committee and AFCEA Senior Staff from over 65 proposals for innovative solutions. Robert K. Ackerman, editor-in-chief, SIGNAL Media, will facilitate the presentations.
DarkLight Recognized as Innovative Company of the Year by IT World Awards
Network Products Guide Honors DarkLight with Gold Status in Innovative Company of the Year and Silver in Most Innovative IT Software
Santa Monica, CA, May 24, 2017 – DarkLight announced today that Network Products Guide, the industry's leading technology research and advisory guide, has named DarkLight a Gold winner in the Innovative Company of the Year category, and a Silver winner for Most Innovative IT Software in the 12th Annual 2017 IT World Awards®. These industry and peer recognitions from Network Products Guide are the world's premier information technology awards honoring achievements and recognitions in every facet of the IT industry.
“It’s an honor to be named a winner by IT World Awards,” said DarkLight CEO and Co-Founder, John Shearer. “Our team has been working diligently alongside partners like the Integrated Adaptive Cyber Defense team at The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab to develop and integrate technology which radically improves cyber defense response times and supports enterprises in their quest to deal with the lack of resources and too few experienced analysts.”
DarkLight CEO John Shearer to Serve as Panelist for General Assembly Workshop
Panel of Cybersecurity Experts to Speak on Actionable Risk Mitigation in Small Businesses
Santa Monica, CA, May 17, 2017 – DarkLight announced that the company's CEO, John Shearer, will serve as a panelist for General Asembly's “Cybersecurity for Your Small Business” workshop, to be held in Los Angeles, CA on Monday, May 22, 2017.
Co-hosted with the United States Secret Service, Bixel Exchange and ScaleLA, this workshop focuses on best practices on protecting small businesses from cybersecurity threats. Featuring a panel of experts in cybersecurity, small business and technology, the forum will provide actionable steps on how to mitigate risk for your business.
Preventing Skynet: Securing Robotic and IoT Devices
SC Magazine US, April 24, 2017, Article by Robert Abel – “When you think of robots as computers with arms, legs, or wheels, they become kinetic IoT devices that, if hacked, can pose new serious threats we have never encountered before,” an IOActive report on robots and artificial intellegence said. “As human-robot interactions improve and evolve, new attack vectors emerge and threat scenarios expand.”
Manufacturers need to consider security upfront before purchasing robots as many of the current systems can't be reset to factory settings and end users often don't have the abilities to remove malware or correct issues in the event of a compromise.
John Shearer, co-founder and chief executive officer of DarkLight recommends that users that have already adopted vulnerable robotic technology hire a third party to run a security audit on these devices to determine the monetary risk that the devices present to their firm in the event of a breach or compromise.
Shawn Riley Assumes Integral Role as Chief Data Officer at DarkLight
Senior Advisor Joins Executive Team to Forward Data-Driven Approach to Artificial Intelligence
Santa Monica, CA, March 15, 2017, Business Wire – DarkLight, a cybersecurity analytics and automation platform driven by artificial intelligence, today announced that Shawn Riley has been named Chief Data Officer following his successful eight months as a Senior Advisor to the company. As Chief Data Officer, Riley will drive the product strategy and vision by advancing the Artificial Intelligence (AI) solution to the cyber ecosystem to support security operations, analytics, and reporting.
“Our leadership team was seeking a thought leader who possessed a deep technical knowledge of cyber data and its massive potential as an asset,” said John Shearer, CEO and Co-Founder of DarkLight. “Shawn Riley possesses this very unique skill set, and clearly understands the complex intersection of analytic tradecraft, data and artificial intelligence. We are confident that having him on board will strengthen our product strategy and transform our business.”
Threat Intelligence: Use Cases, War Stories, and ROI
The CyberWire Event Coverage, RSA Conference 2017 – DarkLight, specialists in artificial intelligence, have deployed technology developed at Department of Energy facilities in Richland, Washington. As their CEO John Shearer explained, their goal is to augment human analytical capability. "You can replace a lot of low-level deductive reasoning," he said, but not, of course, the human analysts themselves. He thinks (as do most others in the industry) that there are too many false positives in our defenses, and DarkLight winnows these out by applying human-like analytical processes to alerts, then determining which alerts are worthy of attention by an actual human analyst.
Attribution to a threat actor is one DarkLight use case. The system uses ontologies to identify threat actors by fusing indicators of threats. The system can now ingest other ontologies and apply them to their baseline common knowledge graph, a capability Shearer sees as essential. The system offers an analytic fusion of disparate data sources. Analysts train the AI as they use it.
ITProTV Interview with DarkLight at RSA 2017
ITProTV, February 2017, Don Pezet RSA Interview, San Francisco, CA, – Don Pezet interviews DarkLight's CTO and Co-Founder John Shearer about DarkLight's unique approach to artificial intelligence and how its reasoning system benefits the cyber analyst and the enterprise by encoding the analyst's expertise.
EMA RSA Wrap Up
EMA Cloud Rant, February 2017, RSA Wrap Up with Steve Brasen and Dave Monahan – Analysts Steve Brasen and Dave Monahan reflect on their impressions of RSA 2017 and discuss the vendors that they were impressed by.
"Everybody talks AI… and really the definition of artificial intelligence is its ability to deal with varied types of information and make decisions that can ultimately render a similar decision that a human would make, given…the intuitiveness that a human has or background knowledge or other things. ...DarkLight Cyber has taken a different approach so I think they're going to be a big challenger..."
Innovating Technology to Lower False Positives and Generate Efficiencies with Cyber Defense Solutions
CDM, February 2017, Article by John Shearer – The Finance sector is no stranger to adversity. In recent years, organizations at all levels operating within this sector have been marred by almost constant cyber-attacks. Compounding that challenge is the alert fatigue that false positives produce within the Security Operations Center (SOC) at most financial institutions.
In order for any organization in finance to successfully field compliance hurdles and the seemingly unlimited cyber-attacks leveled against them, they need a solution that thinks more like a human than a machine.
RSA 2017: Breaking Through the Cybersecurity Bubble
At the recent RSA cybersecurity conference, interoperability and cooperation were a common theme, but not everyone is taking it seriously
Network World, February 21, 2017, Article by Charles Araujo – Many cybersecurity vendors made mention of interoperability, but it was little more than talk. Instead, the prevailing approach was "land and expand," as major vendors seek to lay claim to as much of the cybersecurity stack as possible.
Still, there were signs of hope for a dynamic and interoperable future. Several cybersecurity vendors demonstrated solutions specifically designed to help enterprise organizations connect the dots and find clarity in the cybersecurity noise.
DarkLight Named Most Innovative Security (Software) of the Year by Info Security PG's 2017 Global Excellence Awards
Solution Recognized for Next-Generation Cybersecurity Analytics and Automation
San Francisco, CA / Santa Monica, CA, February 14, 2017 – DarkLight, a next generation cybersecurity analytics and automation platform, today announced that they have been named a Gold winner for the 13th Annual Info Security PG’s Global Excellence Awards® in the Most Innovative Security (Software) of the Year category. In addition, DarkLight was honored as a Gold winner in the Companies with Tomorrow’s Technology Today category. DarkLight was presented with these awards last night during a gala that honored all winners for their advanced, ground-breaking products and solutions which are helping set the bar higher for others in all areas of security and technology.
DarkLight selected as a Finalist for 2017 Cybersecurity Excellence Product Awards
Cybersecurity Excellence Awards, February 2017 – The 2017 Cybersecurity Excellence Awards honor individuals, products and companies that demonstrate excellence, innovation and leadership in information security. Based on the strength of their nomination and the popular vote by members of the Information Security Community (both ratings and comments), DarkLight has been chosen as a finalists for the 2017 Cybersecurity Excellence Awards in the Security Analytics category. To see a full list of finalists, please visit: http://cybersecurity-excellence-awards.com/2017-cybersecurity-product-awards-winners-finalists/
DarkLight to Exhibit at RSAC 2017 Early Stage Expo
Santa Monica, CA, February 1, 2017 – DarkLight, a next generation cybersecurity analytics and automation platform, today announced the team will be exhibiting at RSAC 2017’s Early Stage Expo, being held in San Francisco, CA from February 14-16, 2017. The Early Stage Expo is a dedicated space for fresh infosecurity companies and emerging startups to tell their story to the 40,000 influencers, decision makers and investors who attend the RSA conference. For additional information about this event, please visit: https://www.rsaconference.com/events/us17/expo-sponsors/exhibitor-list/3798-DarkLight-Cyber
DarkLight Announces Strategic Alliance with Agile Defense, Inc.
Enables Integration of Next-Generation Security Analytics Platform To Arsenal of Proven IT Capabilities
SANTA MONICA, CA, February 2016, GLOBE NEWSWIRE – DarkLight®, a next-generation cybersecurity analytics and automation platform, today announced a strategic alliance with Agile Defense, Inc., a leading Information Technology (IT) Solutions provider, to deliver and support the integration of technology to Federal and Civilian clients in the United States. The collaboration enables Agile Defense to bolt-on DarkLight’s Artificial Intelligence (AI) solution to their existing cybersecurity offerings, force multiplying the talent already deployed in a client’s security operations center (SOC).
The Great Tech Transfer—A Success Story in Innovation
CDM, January 2017, Article by John Shearer – Solving business challenges often requires innovation, but fostering creativity and growing new technologies is a challenge in itself. Creating new services and products is a problem that causes most organizations to struggle.
According to a McKinsey & Company study, one key to successfully creating new solutions is effective senior leadership and a corporate culture focused on innovation.
Success depends not only on executive leadership that encourages innovation, but also on that which manages, tracks and measures its progress as a core element in a company's growth strategy.
“94 percent of senior executives say that people and corporate culture are the most important drivers of innovation.”- McKinsey & Company
Some organizations are getting it right. The U.S. Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) (operated by Battelle) fostered creation of the technology behind DarkLight, an artificial intelligence-driven cybersecurity analytics and automation platform.
Hohimer and Riley to Lead Discussion on Artificial Intelligence Approach to Analytics and Automation at Smart Data and Graphorum Conference 2017
Santa Monica, CA, January 23, 2017 – DarkLight, a next generation cybersecurity analytics and automation platform, today announced that Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder, Ryan Hohimer, and Shawn Riley, Executive Vice President at The Centre for Strategic Cyberspace and Security Science, will be speaking at the Smart Data and Graphorum Conferences in San Francisco on Feb. 1 at 10:30am PT. This joint event is a premier business conference focused on smart data and machine intelligence technologies as well as graph databases, which brings together emerging disciplines that are focused on more intelligent information gathering and analysis.
Hohimer and Riley will lead a discussion on a new artificial intelligence (AI) approach to cybersecurity analytics and automation and will cover the following topics:
Self-defense: Training your network to defend itself
Security InfoWatch, January 9, 2017, IT/Networking Article by Ryan Hohimer – Attacks on companies and organizations of all sizes are increasing, as are the sophistication and success rates of those attacks. Regrettably, this is coming at a time when the best frontline defense for most organizations, the top tier analysts who can instinctively react to threat indicators to protect their networks, are in critically short supply. Companies need help, and may no longer have the luxury of relying solely on adding new humans to stem the tide. Even if a junior analyst can be located or lured away from another job, it might take six months to a year before they become reasonably proficient at defending a new network.
8 tech startup trends to watch in 2017
CIO, November 30, 2016, Feature Article by James A. Martin – Artificial intelligence startups will be big next year, along with startups in cybersecurity, chatbots, VR and legalized recreational marijuana, according to experts.
"The reality is that cybersecurity knowledge needs to be automated in some way," says John Shearer, CEO and cofounder of DarkLight, a cybersecurity analytics and automation provider. "Startups will emerge that recognize this huge market need for blending human expertise with AI. AI systems that can be taught by human experts, and human experts that can be taught by AI systems, is what the hottest startups will focus on."
DarkLight Co-Founder and CEO John Shearer to Speak at CyberMaryland 2016
Santa Monica, CA, October 3, 2016 – DarkLight, a next generation cybersecurity analytics and automation platform, today announced the co-founder and chief executive, John Shearer, will speak at CyberMaryland 2016. The 2-day conference will be held in Baltimore, Maryland from October 20-21, 2016. Mr. Shearer’s panel presentation will take place October 20, 2016 and will explore the often overlooked effects of the Dark Web on proprietary information, financials and acquisitions. In addition, it will discuss how organizations can and should leverage the Dark Web in order to better equip their security operations for every type of potential threat; no matter how far off the grid it may seem.
Virtual analysts leverage human knowledge to help solve cybersecurity challenges - Ryan Hohimer, CTO Interview with Rodika Tollefson
Third CERTAINTY, September 14, 2016 – In face of too few workers and too much data, artificial intelligence automates human decision-making process to respond to threats.
Machine learning—an approach to artificial intelligence—has become a buzzword in the cyberscurity industry. Many vendors are turning to machine learning for processing big data and creating threat intelligence. The challenge with machine learning...
DarkLight Appoints Senior Advisors, Shawn Riley and Demetrios “Laz” Lazarikos
SANTA MONICA, CA, September 15, 2016, GLOBE NEWSWIRE – DarkLight™, provider of a next-generation cybersecurity analytic and automation platform, today announced the addition of two distinguished officers to its Board of Advisors, Shawn Riley, Director of Cyber Security Science at Monsanto Company, and Demetrios Lazarikos, Chief Information Security Officer at vArmour. The mindshare of these gentlemen promises to advance DarkLight’s mission of capturing human expertise and decision making process in order to model knowledge for combating cyber threats.
Transitioning Technology from the Laboratory to the Market
The CyberWire, August 11, 2016 – The CyberWire covered the 2016 Black Hat conference in Las Vegas, Nevada July 30 - August 4. Ryan Hohimer, Chief Technology Officer; John Shearer, Chief Executive Officer; and Jess Richter, Chief Revenue Officer of Champion Technology, sat down with them during the conference to discuss the process of transitioning from a DOE Laboratory to the market. The article written covers these discussions as well as how DarkLight is helping companies with some of the major cybersecurity issues of today. DarkLight addresses problems, such as the high demand for skilled analysts vs. number of analysts available to work these jobs, with the ability to retain knowledge and pass it on to the next generation of analysts.
Easy access to information means employees can jeopardize a company’s security
425 Business Magazine, August 9, 2016, Marc J. Dupuis, Ph.D. interview – Insider threat discusses DarkLight's ability to help monitor a companies employees and identify odd or unusual behavior.
Dr. Dupuis is an Assistant Professor of Cyber Security with the Division of Computing and Software Systems of the School of STEM at the University of Washington Bothell.
Special Edition: Black Hat, Part 2 — Trends and Insights from Industry Leaders - Podcast
The CyberWire, August 9, 2016 – The CyberWire covered the 2016 Black Hat conference with a Special Edition report. They were there gathering insight on treads within the cybersecurity industry from some of its leaders within the field. Ryan Hohimer, CTO of Champion Technology Company, Inc. was included in the podcast and offered his take on the current direction the industry is taking.
Understanding Changes in the Current Threat Landscape - Ryan Hohimer, CTO Interview with Rodika Tollefson
Third CERTAINTY, July 27, 2016 – In the article entitled Security Survey Shows a Shift in Most-Attacked Business Sector, Rodika Tollefson talks to experts including our own Ryan Hohimer, CTO of Champion Technology Company, to understand the changes.
The article goes on to discuss the need for companies to protect themselves against outside attack, such as a Ransomware attack, by undergoing a third party evaluation of their cybersecurity systems. The article concludes with addressing that the "biggest threats come from within", and our "blind spot" in denying insider threat can happen to our companies.
Champion Technology Company Releases DarkLight™ 2.3
SANTA MONICA, CA, May 18, 2016, GLOBE NEWSWIRE – Champion Technology Company, Inc., R&D 100 award recipient, has released v2.3 of DarkLight™, the next generation cybersecurity automation and orchestration software.
Champion Technology Company Adds Director of Cybersecurity
April 8, 2016 – Champion Technology Company, Inc., creator of DarkLight™, the next-generation cybersecurity analytic and automation software, is pleased to announce the addition of a well-respected cybersecurity expert, Richard (Rick) Berg as Director of Cybersecurity.
Ahead of the Curve Innovation – John Shearer, CEO Interview on Business Rockstars
On April 8th, 2016 Champion Technology Company’s CEO John Shearer was an invited guest on Business Rockstars. Business Rockstars is an entrepreneurial community, interviewing CEO’s, startups, and entrepreneurs during their radio & streaming video shows. Their show is produced in Burbank, CA and airs nationally in radio, TV, and internet broadcasts with a cumulative audience of over 1 million listeners and viewers. This was a great opportunity for John to tell people about Dark Light, and discuss industry, innovation and the way product development happens. View the full interview here. Tweet about the interview
Champion Technology Company Adds Three Top Industry Executives
Software "CHAMPIONs" cybersecurity experts
If you're a hacker aimed at stealing credit card information from a retail company and you want to evade detection, you hide in massive amounts of network data. Analysts have the know-how to sort through this digital mess to find hackers, but they often identify attacks too late. Analytical software developed at PNNL and licensed to Champion Technology Company Inc. can help find these and other threats in near-real-time. [Excerpt from PNNL: News, January 28, 2016]
CHAMPION TECHNOLOGY COMPANY WINS FLC AWARD!
January 2016 – Champion Technology Company and Pacific Northwest National Lab have won the Federal Laboratory Consortium (FLC) Award for Excellence in Technology Transfer! The FLC Award recognizes staff who have accomplished outstanding work in the process of transferring federally developed technology. The transfer was accomplished with the unique collaboration of The Early X Foundation and PNNL. A panel of experts from industry, state and local government, academia, and the federal laboratory system judge the nominations.
CHAMPION TECHNOLOGY COMPANY WINS R&D 100 AWARD!
Decebmer 2015 – Congratulations to Champion Technology Company Inc.'s (CTCI) Ryan Hohimer, Alex Gibson, Peter Neor and Doug Love for winning the 2015 R&D 100 Award! CHAMPION was selected by R&D Magazine as one of the most technologically significant new software products of the year! The CHAMPION platform uses Advanced Semantic Web Technologies and Descriptive Logic, combining human intelligence with machine learning. CHAMPION is currently being deployed in cyber security in CTCI's DarkLight.