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CounterTack Names New Chief Researcher

Sean Bodmer has more than 16 years of security assurance experience

WALTHAM, Mass. (November 13, 2012) – CounterTack, the industry's first and only provider of in-progress cyber attack intelligence and response solutions, today announced the hiring of Sean Bodmer as the company's chief researcher of counter-exploitation intelligence, effective immediately. Bodmer, former senior threat intelligence analyst for Damballa, brings a unique background and industry perspective to advanced threat detection and analysis. Bodmer has been a highly visible authority on the frontlines of cyber security. His experience has ranged from building advanced honeynets and advanced intrusion detection systems to conducting internal research and military intelligence field operations.

"Joining a company like CounterTack, which has built a strong reputation as an innovator in advanced threat detection, was an easy decision," said Bodmer. "I look forward to enhancing that reputation by advancing and building on the company's research into threat counter-exploitation intelligence in support of its mission to tackle today's most daunting organized and persistent threats and their crimeware tools, tactics, and techniques."

An oft-cited and published cyber security expert, Bodmer has more than 16 years of security assurance experience. As senior threat intelligence analyst for Damballa, Bodmer served as threat intelligence team lead, where he was responsible for leading the counter-intelligence, counter-exploitation, malware analysis, and crimeware infrastructure analysis activities. Prior to his work at Damballa, Bodmer worked in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area for more than a decade supporting U.S. defense and intelligence agencies as a subject matter expert in his fields of practice in computer network defense and exploitation. Bodmer co-authored Hacking Exposed: Malware and Rootkits and Reverse Deception Organized Cyber Threat Counter-Exploitation, both published by McGraw-Hill in 2009 and 2012, respectively.

"Sean's depth of experience on the frontlines of cyber security research and programming will bring CounterTack customers a deeper understanding of the dangers, permutations and constant evolution of advanced, targeted attacks," said Neal Creighton, chief executive officer at CounterTack. "His research and industry perspectives will also ensure CounterTack continues building and enhancing our detection capabilities to meet pace with the ever-changing nature of threats from today's most sophisticated and determined adversaries."

In addition to heading up CounterTack's research team and helping to advance the company's detection capabilities, Bodmer also rounds out a strong bench of company experts and will take an active role in shaping the CounterTack blogand advancing industry discussions around advanced malware threats and detection.

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