DerbyCon 2013 Review

As usual DerbyCon was a blast this year!  A big thanks to Dave Kennedy and all the folks who make this conference possible. They do a great job of running the conference and always give us a ton of support.

DerbyCon is a really special smaller conference with good dynamics that allows people to really come together and learn a lot from each other.  I always leave feeling really inspired.

Giving back to the community is something we all value at Pwnie Express, so this year at DerbyCon we ran a free 2 day workshop on building your own PwnPad with a Nexus7 (2012 version).  We found that our image can be installed on any of the Nexus7 2012 models including the 16GB wifi only version!  Folks who attended had a lot of fun and left with freshly built Pads of their own, ready to Pwn!

Slides for the workshop are available here:  Build Your Own PwnPad – DerbyCon 2013

Other highlights of the con included a bunch of talks that mentioned Pwnie Express, with a couple great talks by Chris Nickerson and Jason Street who actually talked about successful pentest stories where they used our products.

Such a great con, such a great time. We look forward to next year, – hope to see you there!

-Awk

Pwnie Express Wins Vermont Tech Jam Award

Penetration Testing and Network Vulnerability Assessment Company Noted for its Production Innovation

October 24, 2013

Pwnie Express, the leading provider of rapid deployment remote security assessment products, today announced that its Pwn Pad won the prestigious 7th annual Vermont Tech Jam Innovation Award.

Pwnie Express provides cost effective, rapid deployment security assessment products comprised of innovative sensors that make it incredibly easy to evaluate risk in remote and distributed environments. These hard-to-reach distributed areas of an organization provide today’s high-risk attack paths for cyber adversaries and rogue devices.

“We are honored that the Vermont Technology Alliance recognized the Pwn Pad for its innovation and simple approach to creating smart devices that leverage the use of open source tools and platforms,” said Paul Paget, Pwnie Express CEO. “This award further attests to our ability to provide enterprises visibility into attack activity and risk on their wired and wireless networks.”

More than a 1000 enterprises across verticals including retail, finance, health, and manufacturing as well as service providers and government organizations rely on Pwnie Express to know who and what is accessing their networks. Pwnie Express’ products come in a variety of form factors including the Tech Jam Award recipient Pwn Pad, as well as the Pwn Plug, the Power Pwn and Pwnie’s groundbreaking enterprise product that provides unprecedented visibility via a centralized console assimilating the data from the various devices.

The Vermont Technology Alliance said in a statement: “Pwnie Express is known for taking “black hat” hacker tools and packaging them in a creative way for “white hat” use, helping government and corporate entities protect their systems from attack. Their new Pwn Pad packs the company’s proven penetration-testing software into the body of a Nexus Table.”

Headquartered in Massachusetts, Pwnie Express’s Research and Development (R&D) and manufacturing operations are in Vermont.

About Pwnie Express Pwnie Express is the leading provider of innovative sensors that assess network security risks in remote locations. Thousands of enterprises and government organizations worldwide rely on Pwnie Express’s products to conduct drop-box penetration testing and provide unprecedented insight into their distributed network infrastructure. Pwnie Express’s smart devices leverage open source tools and platforms. The award-winning products are backed by the expertise of Pwnie Labs, the company’s security research arm.

[Press Release]

Pwnie Express Appoints Paul Paget as New CEO

October 15, 2013

Last week, Pwnie Express made an announcement regarding our new CEO, Paul Paget. Since our recent funding, this is the first in a series of steps to expand the company and pwn the competition!

Here is the full text from the press release:

Pwnie Express, the leading provider of rapid deployment remote security assessment products, today announced the appointment of Paul Paget as Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Paul transitions leadership from founder Dave Porcello who will continue to guide the company’s product vision as Chief Technology Officer (CTO).

Paul brings to Pwnie Express more than 30 of years of leadership in technology companies ranging from startups to Fortune 50s. Most recently he served as CEO of Savant Protection, an innovator in protecting infrastructure and industrial control systems, where he remains on the board as executive chairman. Prior to that Paul served as President and CEO of Core Security Technologies, where he successfully built the company into the leader in automated penetration testing with over 600 customers in 40 countries. Paul also held key executive positions at Baltimore Technologies Americas, growing the company to a $30 +million dollar business and VP of Sales and Marketing at CyberTrust, which was acquired by Baltimore Technologies.

Paul’s appointment follows the announcement of Pwnie Express’s $5.1 million Series A funding from .406 Ventures and Fairhaven Capital. As CEO, Paul will drive Pwnie Express’s growth strategy. He will focus on building a dominant position in the market for remote security intelligence by providing insight into who is connecting, and to what are they connecting, within the wired and wireless networks of remote locations and branch offices. These hard-to-reach distributed areas of an organization provide today’s high-risk attack paths for cyber adversaries and rogue devices.

Pwnie Express provides cost effective, rapid deployment security assessment products comprised of innovative sensors that make it incredibly easy to evaluate risk in remote and distributed environments. More than 1000 enterprises across verticals including retail, finance, health, and manufacturing as well as service providers and government organizations rely on Pwnie Express to know who and what is accessing their networks, especially the ability to identify rogue devices. Pwnie Express’ award-winning products come in a variety of form factors including the Pwn Pad, the Pwn Plug, the Power Pwn and its groundbreaking enterprise product that provides unprecedented visibility via a centralized console assimilating all of the data from the various devices.

“Today marks a new era in the growth of our company. Paul is one of the preeminent leaders of our industry. Pwnie Express will benefit enormously from his deep domain expertise and achievements,” said Porcello. “Paul’s proven ability to build high performance teams, combined with his passion for innovation and focus on customer success make him a great fit for Pwnie. We are delighted that he will lead the team and look forward to many years of growth and success.”

Paul said, “It is a privilege to join the Pwnie Express team at this pivotal time in its growth. We share the same passion for security, innovation and execution. I’m confident that Pwnie Express’s extraordinarily simple approach to creating smart devices that leverage the use of open source tools and platforms is a successful recipe for customers. We will focus intensely on expanding the value proposition by offering cutting-edge solutions for enterprises to improve their security by providing visibility into adversarial activity and risk on their wired and wireless networks.”

Pwnie Express will be moving its headquarters to Boston, Massachusetts, expanding it sales, marketing, finance and engineering teams. Research and development (R&D), and manufacturing operations will remain in Vermont.

[Press Release]

Pwnie Express’ Pwn Plug R2 Lets You Hackproof Networks Over 4G

By Alexis Santos

Pwnie Express has a knack for stuffing powerful security testing tools into innocuous housings, and this time they’re flexing that unique talent with the Pwnie Plug R2. Ars Technica’s gotten ahold of the contraption ahead of its debut at the Black Hat conference, and it’s boasting a healthy number of upgrades, including 4G service through AT&T and T-Mobile.

Security hawks keen on testing network safety will be greeted with a fresh UI, one-click penetration tests and a new OS dubbed Pwnix, which is a custom version of the Debian-based Linux distro Kali. When it comes to hardware, the box packs a 1.2GHz Armada-370 ARM CPU, 1GB of RAM, a 32GB microSDHC card, a pair of gigabit Ethernet ports, a high-gain industrial Bluetooth adapter, two USB slots and a microUSB port.

Naturally, the package supports WiFi 802.11 b/g/n and carries a SIM slot. If the $895 asking price doesn’t make you flinch — or you dig daydreaming about hacking for good or evil — venture to the source for a breakdown of the gear’s abilities.

(Original Article)