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Critical Watch Releases First Countermeasure Recommendation Engine

ACI Recommendation Engine consolidates multiple disparate data points into a unified view of risks
DALLAS – August 6, 2012 – Critical Watch, the innovator of Active Countermeasure Intelligence, today announced the launch of its ACI Recommendation Engine™. As the power behind the ACI Platform™, it provides the most effective method available to consolidate multiple disparate data points into a unified view of risks and recommend applicable countermeasures. The ACI Recommendation Engine™ is designed to help close the gap between detection and protection by linking risk assessment with active mitigation.

“There’s a lot that goes into building a system that can reliably and accurately recommend countermeasures based on raw risk data that comes from different types of scanners with varying data models,” noted Mike Curtis, vice president of technology strategy at Critical Watch. “Then to make that recommendation logic and functionality work in a common way across various vendors in disparate countermeasure categories is extremely challenging. This ground-breaking technology can change how the industry approaches the challenge of security intelligence going forward.”

The ACI Recommendation Engine™ leverages the work of the Critical Watch Basecamp™ Labs research team. On a daily basis, the research team creates and integrates new rules into the ACI Platform™ and the ACI Recommendation Engine™, which drives the recommendation logic. Part the recommendation logic leverages standards including Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE), Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS), Common Weakness Enumeration (CWE) and Common Attack Pattern Enumeration and Classification (CAPEC) to factor in a standards-based perspective.

The ACI Recommendation Engine™ identifies risk across your systems and recommends the optimal countermeasures, allowing semi and fully automated workflow to initiate the countermeasure process. This proactive approach integrates seamlessly across third-party security management tools such as security information and event management (SIEM) solutions, reducing the need for manual involvement and improving response time in mitigating risks.


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About Critical Watch

Critical Watch is the innovator of ACI Platform™ (Active Countermeasure Intelligence) – a next generation information security technology that combines comprehensive risk intelligence with active mitigation. Critical Watch clients are Global 2000 enterprises across verticals such as healthcare, financial services, state and local government, ecommerce and manufacturing.