Pwnie Express and Norwich University Identify and Neutralize Cyber Threats at Super Bowl 50

Boston, MA – June 8, 2016Pwnie Express, the leader in connected device threat detection, today revealed its successful partnership with Norwich University to identify and neutralize connected device threats during Super Bowl 50.

As one of the most technologically capable stadiums in the world and home of Super Bowl 50, Levi’s Stadium has more than 1,200 Wireless Access Points specifically designed to provide consistent, secure, on-demand connectivity to each of the 77,000+ guests. Norwich University, in partnership with local, state and Federal law enforcement, was tasked to provide direct cyber security and threat detection support at the venue during the international sporting event.

Norwich University selected Pulse, the Pwnie Express SaaS platform, to monitor and protect critical infrastructure and devices, as well as identify and alert on any malicious activity during the Super Bowl – including Denial of Service (DoS) attacks, Man in the Middle (MITM) attacks, card skimming, and rogue aerial drone activity. Designed to continuously and comprehensively discover wired, wireless, and Bluetooth devices in real time, Pwnie Express was chosen due to its ease of deployment, powerful real-time threat characterization engine and easy-to-use user interface.

“With five critical networks to monitor, it was crucial that we had a platform which could quickly show us what threats needed our attention immediately. With Pwnie we were able to see the full gamut of threats to the operational networks at Super Bowl 50 and focus our response activity accordingly,” said Phil Susmann, Norwich University’s Vice President of Strategic Partnerships.

Pwnie Express established a remote Security Operations Center (SOC) to monitor for any malicious device behavior, encryption levels changes, connections to insecure access points, introduction of malicious or rogue devices and other risky behavior, leading up to and during the event.

Key Findings

As the crowd of over 71,000 fans filed into the stadium, the Pwnie Express team observed the number of total wireless clients attached to the SB50 networks surge to over 55,000.

  • Over 1,200 priority access points were detected – each of which provided wireless access via the free stadium Wi-Fi.
  • Over 9 TB of data was used by fans from pre-game start to the post-game closing
  • Over 35,000 Bluetooth devices were present. Increasingly, this type of technology is used to not only guide users to specific locations within a geographic area, but it can also be used to conduct malicious activity. Being able to see these devices in real time made it possible to validate appropriate device behavior.
  • Several new open access points were detected during the game, a large number of which were high-definition cameras with the ability to therefore both capture and broadcast live content.
  • An attempt to de-authorize a high-priority network being used by an event-critical organization was also detected.

 

“Ticket holders of major events like Super Bowl 50 pay a premium not just to see the game, but to enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” noted Paul Paget, CEO, Pwnie Express. “Increasingly, connected devices are part of that experience and can be instrumental to event success. Yet the challenges that major event IT staff have to address can be daunting. Providing a rich user experience which is adaptive, responsive and all inclusive – all while detecting and mitigating malicious behavior – may seem like an insurmountable task, but with full visibility at the forefront of the event’s cyber security strategy, achieving these objectives are well within the realm of the possible.”

This year, Super Bowl 50 was broadcast in more than 180 countries in 25 languages and was expected to reach over 115 million households in the US. In the process it also set records for attendance (71,088), data usage (>10 TB total), and both unique and concurrent WiFi users, making it both the most viewed event in history and one of the most connected and data-intensive. To learn more about Pwnie Express’ partnership with Norwich University, please download the full case study here http://store.pwnieexpress.com/super-bowl-50/.

 

About Pwnie Express

Pwnie Express provides the industry’s only solution for continuous detection, identification and classification of wireless, wired and Bluetooth devices putting organizations at risk. Connected devices in the enterprise represent one of the fastest growing threat landscapes, unaddressed by existing security solutions. Pwnie’s SaaS platform provides complete device coverage, including employee owned (BYOx), rogue, and company owned devices across the entire enterprise, including remote sites. Pwnie arms security teams with the visibility and control they need to address the risk from connected devices. To learn more about how Pwnie Express can help your organizations find the devices putting you at risk, visit www.pwnieexpress.com.

 

About Norwich University

Norwich University is a diversified academic institution that educates traditional-age students and adults in a Corps of Cadets and as civilians. Norwich offers a broad selection of traditional and distance-learning programs culminating in Baccalaureate and Graduate Degrees. Norwich University was founded in 1819 by Captain Alden Partridge of the U.S. Army and is the oldest private military college in the United States of America. Norwich is one of our nation’s six senior military colleges and the birthplace of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC). www.norwich.edu

 

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Pwnie Express Announces Ultimate Pentesting and Threat Detection Tablet for Cyber Security Professionals

Combines Pentesting Tools, Industry-First Low Energy Bluetooth Detection Software and Integrates With SaaS Detection Platform

BOSTON, MA–(Marketwired – Jun 2, 2016) – Pwnie Express, the leading provider of device threat detection, today announced the Pwn Pad 4, a commercial-grade security tablet designed for remote security assessment of wired and wireless networks. The Pwn Pad 4 combines a portable security detection and pentesting tool with a powerful enterprise security platform. It is the only pentesting tablet that offers low energy and conventional Bluetooth detection and fingerprinting.

The Pwn Pad 4 features the following new capabilities:

  • Blue Hydra: The Pwn Pad 4 includes Blue Hydra, the first device detection software capable of detecting low power and classic Bluetooth devices.
  • Kali Linux Rolling Distribution: The tablet comes prepackaged with the latest Kali Rolling edition, which includes an arsenal of tools and scripts for the hands-on, on-the-go cyber security professional.
  • Streamlined Configuration and Setup: The Pwn Pad 4 introduces a consumer-like setup and configuration wizard that allows customers to rapidly perform configuration, upgrading and use of non-Pwnie Android apps. The tablet is completely integrated with the Pwnie Express Pulse platform for real-time wired and wireless, BYOD and IoT threat detection.

“As the number of connected devices continues to explode, Bluetooth is increasingly becoming an easy to exploit threat vector,” said Pwnie Express CEO Paul Paget. “The Pwn Pad 4 provides security teams with an integrated security tablet and distributed platform to perform security assessments and pentesting, with industry first coverage for Bluetooth.”

The Pwn Pad 4 is available now for $1,395. For more information, please visithttp://store.pwnieexpress.com/product/pwn-pad-4/ or contact sales@pwnieexpress.com or call (855) 793-1337.

About Pwnie Express
Pwnie Express provides the industry’s only solution for continuous detection, identification and classification of wireless, wired and Bluetooth devices putting organizations at risk. Connected devices in the enterprise represent one of the fastest growing threats, unaddressed by existing security solutions. The Pwnie Express SaaS platform, Pulse, provides complete device coverage, including employee owned (BYOx), rogue and company-owned devices across the entire enterprise, including remote sites. To learn more about Pwnie Express visit www.pwnieexpress.com. To learn more, visit www.PwnieExpress.com or@PwnieExpress.

Pwnie Express Announces $12.9 Million in Series B Funding

Ascent Venture Partners leads funding round with participation from MassMutual Ventures to accelerate growth for IoT and BYOD cyber security leader

Boston, MA — May 11, 2016 — Pwnie Express, the leading provider of device threat detection, today announced a $12.9 million Series B round of funding, led by Ascent Venture Partners with investments from MassMutual Ventures LLC and existing investors .406 Ventures, Fairhaven Capital and the Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies (VCET). This new investment will enable Pwnie Express to meet strong demand for its platform and accelerate its aggressive growth strategy.

“As BYOD and the Internet of Things become an integral part of business IT, there is a huge need to protect businesses from the threats created by all these new devices,” said Matt Fates, General Partner at Ascent Venture Partners. “Pwnie Express is uniquely positioned to deliver the device detection, identification and threat assessment platform required to secure business-critical data and infrastructure.” In addition to Ascent leading the new round of financing, Matt Fates will join Pwnie Express’s board of directors.

Pwnie Express is the market leader in addressing the threat landscape related to BYOD, IoT and rogue devices in the enterprise. Pwnie’s SaaS platform is unique in its ability to detect, identify, assess and respond to device threats, providing security professionals unprecedented visibility and control over the devices in and around their networks.

“I am thrilled to have Ascent and MassMutual Ventures as new investors, as well as the continued support from .406 Ventures, Fairhaven Capital and VCET. Having the financial and strategic support of these leading security investors further validates both our market opportunity and growing momentum as a company,” said Paul Paget, CEO of Pwnie Express. “We have assembled a very talented team and this investment puts us in a unique position to meet the growing demand for our platform driven by the dramatic shift in the device demographics of the enterprise.”

“We are excited to join the Pwnie Express team as they lead the way in addressing emerging threats related to the wireless workplace,” said Mark Goodman, Managing Director of MassMutual Ventures, the corporate venture capital arm of Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company. “Cybersecurity plays an integral role in MassMutual’s overall corporate mission of helping people secure their future and protect the ones they love.”

The company has seen strong adoption of its SaaS device threat detection platform, Pulse, which it released last year. Over 100 customers from a wide range of industries, including financial services, healthcare, government, energy, manufacturing and retail, have deployed Pwnie Express across their enterprise. Pwnie Express will use this latest round of capital to accelerate this momentum and build out its sales, marketing and engineering teams.

About Pwnie Express:

Pwnie Express provides the industry’s only solution for continuous detection, identification and classification of wireless, wired and Bluetooth devices putting organizations at risk. Connected devices in the enterprise represent one of the fastest growing threats, unaddressed by existing security solutions. The Pwnie Express SaaS platform, Pulse, provides complete device coverage, including employee owned (BYOx), rogue and company-owned devices across the entire enterprise, including remote sites. To learn more about Pwnie Express visit www.pwnieexpress.com.

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Pwnie Express Names Key Industry Veterans to Executive Team

Financial, Sales and Marketing Leadership to Accelerate Rapid Adoption of BYOD, IoT and Rogue Device Threat Detection Platform

Boston MA — May 11, 2016 — Pwnie Express, the leading provider of device threat detection, today announced the appointment of Kasha Gauthier as CFO, Bo Thurmond as Vice President of Sales and Services, and Dimitri Vlachos as Vice President of Marketing. These appointments come on the heels of $12.9M of Series B funding led by Ascent Venture Partners, with new investments from MassMutual Ventures LLC and existing investors .406 Ventures, Fairhaven Capital and the Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies (VCET)

“I am very excited about the additions of Kasha, Bo, and Dimitri,” says Paul Paget, CEO of Pwnie Express. “Q1 sales of our SaaS platform, Pulse, have more than tripled compared to Q1 2015, as we have exceeded 100 customers. The combination of our new funding and expanded executive team puts us in an incredibly strong position to lead this emerging market.”

Pwnie Express is the market leader in addressing the threat landscape related to BYOD, IoT and rogue devices in the enterprise. The Pwnie Express SaaS platform, Pulse, is unique in its ability to detect, assess and respond to device threats, providing security professionals unprecedented visibility and control over this new threat landscape. These new additions bring proven executive management experience to Pwnie Express.

Kasha Gauthier comes to Pwnie Express with 15 years of leadership experience in financial management and operations at organizations ranging from startups to Fortune 100 companies. She was most recently at RSA, where she held a series of strategic roles across finance, operations and marketing. Prior to that at EMC, she led sales operations for the NY/NJ division, and implemented Sarbanes Oxley across the corporation. She began her career in public accounting, where she earned her CPA and performed forensic audits and consulting for distressed companies. She has a deep passion for Infosec, including cybereducation and cybersafety and advances these missions through her extracurricular activities.

Bo Thurmond is an accomplished, results-oriented sales professional with more than 20 years of experience at technology companies in a variety of growth stages. Prior to joining Pwnie Express, Thurmond served as Vice President of North American Sales at Digital Lumens, where he played an integral role in growing sales over 400% in three years. He has also held executive sales positions at Sanbolic (acquired by Citrix), Mazu Networks (acquired by Riverbed), and Arrowpoint (acquired by Cisco).

Dimitri Vlachos brings over 15 years of marketing leadership in both startups and established corporations to Pwnie Express. Most recently he served as VP of Marketing at ObserveIT where he was responsible for scaling demand generation and establishing the company as a leader in Insider Threat management. Before that, he served as VP of Marketing and Products at Riverbed Technologies, where he was responsible for all marketing and products across the $250M performance management business unit. He has also held roles at Mazu Networks (acquired by Riverbed), Cisco, and BBN (acquired by GTE).

About Pwnie Express:

Pwnie Express provides the industry’s only solution for continuous detection, identification and classification of wireless, wired and Bluetooth devices putting organizations at risk. Connected devices in the enterprise represent one of the fastest growing threats, unaddressed by existing security solutions. The Pwnie Express SaaS platform, Pulse, provides complete device coverage, including employee owned (BYOx), rogue and company-owned devices across the entire enterprise, including remote sites. To learn more about Pwnie Express visit www.pwnieexpress.com.

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Norwich University computer security program part of major security event, Super Bowl 50

NORTHFIELD, Vt. – The Norwich University computer security and information assurance (CSIA) program, with students operating both onsite in California and on campus, supported Santa Clara Police Department, the lead law enforcement agency at Super Bowl 50, and the law enforcement and homeland security functions leading up to and during this international sporting event.

Norwich University was the only educational institution invited to participate in support of the public safety team tasked with safeguarding Super Bowl 50. With support from over 60 students working at its campus based Global Threat Observatory, Norwich cybersecurity students and faculty collaborated with Levi’s Stadium – the host for the event – and with the Super Bowl 50 Critical Infrastructure & Cyber Protection Sub Committee, the represented agencies and their personnel. This committee was led by Detective Sergeant Ray Carreira ’96 of the Santa Clara Police Department, the lead law enforcement agency for the event.

Throughout 2015 CSIA students worked with this team in preparation for this globally televised event and formed partnerships with leading software developers to support their work.

Norwich University’s participation was made possible in part with generous support by these critical providers:

  • Barrier 1 Barrier 1 patented process delivers the ability to accurately detect and protect against all forms of known and never-before-seen cyber attacks in real time and at the point of impact. Barrier1 uses an Intelligent based analytical based engine that utilizes over 25,000 sensors on board that feed a series of behavior algorithms.
  • Carbon Black Carbon Black leads a new era of endpoint security by enabling organizations to disrupt advanced attacks, deploy the best prevention strategies for their business, and leverage the expertise of 10,000 professionals from IR firms, MSSPs and enterprises to shift the balance of power back to security teams. Only Carbon Black continuously records and centrally retains all endpoint activity, making it easy to track an attacker’s every action, instantly scope every incident, unravel entire attacks and determine root causes. Carbon Black also offers a range of prevention options so organizations can match their endpoint defense to their business needs. Carbon Black has been named #1 in endpoint protection, incident response, and market share. Forward-thinking companies choose Carbon Black to arm their endpoints, enabling security teams to: Disrupt. Defend. Unite.
  • Intel 471 Intel 471’s online portal and API provide clients with actionable and proactive cyber threat intelligence information for integration with customers’ own security and fraud detection systems. We track financially motivated cyber criminals and hacktivists and are described as an “actor-centric cyber threat intelligence collection capability” for our customers. n the US with globally deployed researchers.
  • ProtectWise™ ProtectWise is disrupting the network security industry with its Cloud Network DVR, a virtual camera in the cloud that records everything on the network, which allows security professionals to see threats in real time and retrospectively for complete detection and visibility of enterprise threats. ProtectWise was used to monitor network activity and identify threats.
  • Pwnie Express Pwnie Express provides threat detection of the billions of devices in and around your workplace. By automating wireless and wired device detection, Pwnie solutions continuously detect the devices on or around your network that are open pathways for attackers. Pwnie arms your security team to win the BYOD battle with the ability to detect and fingerprint any device, from phone to thermostat, in order to prioritize your security response, reduce alert fatigue, and provide situational intelligence.
  • Silobreaker Silobreaker products help security and intelligence professionals make sense of the overwhelming amount of data on the web. By providing powerful tools and visualizations that cut through and analyze data from hundreds of thousands of open sources, Silobreaker makes it easy for users to monitor and investigate threat actors, attack types, vulnerabilities, instabilities, geopolitical developments, or any other topic or event.  Customers save time by working more efficiently through large data-sets and improving their expertise, knowledge and decision-making by examining and interpreting the data more easily.

Levi’s Stadium, home of Super Bowl 50, is one of the most technologically capable stadiums in the world. In preparation, CSIA students attended Wrestlemania and a major soccer match for fact-finding and familiarization with the security environment.

Super Bowl 50 was broadcast in over 180 countries in 25 languages and was expected to reach over 115 million households in the USA, making it the most viewed event in history.

“I have been so impressed by these Norwich students and their professionalism, their ability to solve complex problems and the ease with which they have integrated into this intense law enforcement environment,” said Captain Phil Cooke, Santa Clara Police Department Super Bowl 50 Commander.

The Norwich University cybersecurity program began in 1999.

Ranked #2 by the Ponemon Institute for cyber security in the U.S., Norwich University programs are consistently ranked among the best in the nation for cyber security education.  Norwich University is recognized as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and has received designation as a Center of Digital Forensics Academic Excellence (CDFAE) by the Defense Cyber Crime Center (DC3). Beginning in 2002, Norwich University became a member of what is now called National Science Foundation’s Cyber Corps: Scholarship for Service program. Norwich is partnered with the United States Army Reserves (USAR) to develop cyber-education curricula that align with federal standards and cybersecurity needs.

“When I read about all the impressive work Norwich is doing with cyber, I took the opportunity to connect that expertise to a function for law enforcement of this major event,” Carreira said.

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Norwich University is a diversified academic institution that educates traditional-age students and adults in a Corps of Cadets and as civilians. Norwich offers a broad selection of traditional and distance-learning programs culminating in Baccalaureate and Graduate Degrees. Norwich University was founded in 1819 by Captain Alden Partridge of the U.S. Army and is the oldest private military college in the United States of America. Norwich is one of our nation’s six senior military colleges and the birthplace of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC).www.norwich.edu

In fulfillment of Norwich’s mission to train and educate today’s students to betomorrow’s global leaders and captains of industry, the Forging the Future campaign is committed to creating the best possible learning environment through state-of-the-art academics and world-class facilities. Norwich University will celebrate its bicentennial in 2019. Learn more about the campaign and how to participate in the “Year of Transformation” here: bicentennial.norwich.edu.

Study Finds Growing Danger and Angst Associated with Internet of Evil Things, While Related Security Resources and Visibility into Connected Devices Stagnate

Assessment of 7 million connected devices pinpoints Coolpad devices as most frequently vulnerable mobile hotspots and HP Printers as source of dangerous backdoor

BOSTON, Mass. — February 24, 2016 — New industry research sponsored by Pwnie Express finds that as risk and concern around connected Internet of Things (IoT) devices continues to grow, resources and visibility into such connected devices have stagnated despite the introduction of countless new entry points for malicious actors across the enterprise.

The survey of more than 400 global IT security professionals examines the growing phenomenon referred to as the Internet of Evil Things (IoET) ™. “The Internet of Evil Things: Top Connected Device Threats 2016” shows that as awareness of vulnerable devices grows in 2016, information security (InfoSec) professionals are not ready or equipped to address the growing threat.

The Connected Device Problem

Today, 86 percent of InfoSec professionals are concerned with connected device threats, with 50 percent either “Very” or “Extremely Concerned.” The majority of InfoSec professionals (67 percent) are more worried about connected device threats than they were a year ago, with first- hand experience driving heightened concern: 55 percent have witnessed an attack via wireless device, and 38 percent have witnessed an attack via mobile device.

Due to the proliferation of wireless and mobile devices and the prevalence of BYOD and BYOx environments, IT security professionals seeking visibility find themselves swimming in increasingly murky water, as 37 percent can’t even tell how many devices are connected to their networks. Additionally, 40 percent note their organization is “Unprepared” or “Not prepared at all” to find connected device threats. Diving deeper into the findings, the water seems to get even murkier:

 Most security professionals are not ready to monitor or detect less-common RF and off-network IoT Devices.

 Eighty-nine percent cannot see Bluetooth devices, and 87 percent cannot monitor 4G/LTE devices in real time.

 Seventy-one percent cannot monitor off-network WiFi devices in real time.

 Fifty-six percent cannot monitor on-network IoT devices in real time.

Subsequently, the vast majority (71 percent) is concerned with devices in a default, misconfigured, or vulnerable state, including devices with default passwords and “Wide-open” settings. Additionally, more than half (51 percent) are concerned about unauthorized mobile devices, access points and wearables. Corporate sponsored BYOD is also a source of concern (36 percent), as are personal 4G/LTE hotspots and broadband USB dongles (24 percent).

Vulnerable Device Findings: A Real-World Assessment of 7 Million Connected Devices

As part of this research initiative, Pwnie Labs, the research and development division at Pwnie Express, aggregated and analyzed more than 7 million wireless and wired devices detected by the SaaS-based Pwn Pulse platform, which enables broad-spectrum device visibility of BYOx/mobile, wireless, Bluetooth, wired, and other connected devices on and around enterprise networks, to identify the following year-over-year trends when comparing 2014 and 2015 data:

 Coolpad devices, at 30 percent, have overtaken Samsung as maker of devices accounting for the most prevalent vulnerable mobile hotspots.

 HP Print, at 56 percent, has overtaken Xfinitywifi as the most common default open wireless network.

 HP printers are the most prevalent wireless devices deployed in a highly vulnerable default configuration at 56 percent; while exposing confidential print jobs and compromising corporate client devices, these printers can be also used as a backdoor into private corporate networks.

 Wireless Access Points (APs) remain vulnerable: 35 percent of APs within the last six to 12 month show weak or no encryption.

“As the IoT universe continues to grow, the corresponding attack surface for malicious actors is growing, giving them an easy and unsecured way into your organization’s most sensitive information – and this has understandably put information security professionals on edge,” said Paul Paget, CEO, Pwnie Express. “Yet, despite ever-growing concerns around the proliferation of connected devices on and around their networks, more than one-third of organizations admit to having no BYOD policy in place at all and only 24 percent actually have a budget in place for BYOD security technology. This tells us that security professionals desperately need help educating the corner office and those in charge of the purse strings about the new evils and dangers their organizations face in our ever-evolving IoT world.”

To download a free copy of “The Internet of Evil Things: Top Connected Device Threats 2016,” please visit: http://info.pwnieexpress.com/2016-ioet-report. For questions or comments, please get in touch with us at research@pwnieexpress.com.

Methodology

“The Internet of Evil Things Report: Top Connected Device Threats in 2016” is based an online study conducted by Pwnie Express in December 2015. Survey respondents included more than 400 global information security professionals. Additionally, the report includes aggregate analysis of 7 million wireless and wired devices detected by Pwn Pulse, performed by the Pwnie Labs research team.

About Pwnie Express

Pwnie Express provides threat detection of the billions of devices in and around your workplace. By automating wireless and wired device detection, Pwnie solutions continuously detect the devices on or around your network that are open pathways for attackers. Pwnie arms your security team to win the BYOD battle with the ability to detect and fingerprint any device, from phone to thermostat, in order to prioritize your security response, reduce alert fatigue, and provide situational intelligence. See all the things you’re missing at pwnieexpress.com or @PwnieExpress.

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See Any Bluetooth Device with Pwnie Express

Pwnie Express’ Pwn Pulse Delivers Comprehensive Bluetooth Visibility and Protection

BOSTON, MA–(Marketwired – Feb 19, 2016) –   By 2019, there will be an estimated 60 million Bluetooth-enabled devices in the open market, each of which will have the ability to influence their local environment. From Bluetooth-enabled Smart Thermostats to in-car communication systems, these devices provide a wealth of information about who we are, where we are, what we do, what we care about and how we spend money. Today, Pwnie Expressintroduced comprehensive Bluetooth visibility — helping IT security teams continuously detect any malicious device in pairing mode, as well as many devices that are already paired and communicating actively, which could be used to conduct criminal activity or put an organization at risk.

Until now, visibility of Bluetooth devices was limited to those configured in classic pairing mode. The Pwn Pulse SaaS Platform now enables users to see a more comprehensive picture of Bluetooth devices in the airspace, whether a new Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) device or a Bluetooth Classic Device. Pwn Pulse provides comprehensive visibility and real-time reporting on discoverable and non-discoverable Bluetooth devices, giving IT security teams the granular device intelligence needed to prioritize tracking and security response, such as device type, MAC address, signal strength, etc. This expanded visibility allows organizations using Bluetooth devices to ensure device accountability for critical Bluetooth-enabled systems or confirm the presence of these common and often overlooked devices in sensitive or wireless-restricted environments.

On the ubiquity of Bluetooth devices, Paul Paget, CEO, Pwnie Express remarked, “Though consumers increasingly rely on Bluetooth-enabled devices for day-to-day tasks, many users still do not follow proper security best practices, such as turning off Bluetooth when the device is not being used. Compounding the problem, some devices automatically turn on Bluetooth without explicit user request, opening the door for malicious actors to eavesdrop on phone calls, execute Denial-of-Service attacks, track locations, and more. Additionally, our Labs Team has seen a rise in criminal activity using Bluetooth-enabled technology.”

Paget continued, “By providing the unprecedented ability to ‘see’ all Bluetooth devices in and around an enterprise network environment — whether they are discoverable or not — Pwn Pulse helps organizations mitigate risk through identification of potential attack vectors from the airspace.”

Pwn Pulse continuously monitors for the presence of all devices — from phones to drones — and provides real-time alerts and daily trend reports on the metrics that matter most. By seamlessly integrating with SIEM systems, Pwn Pulse gives you the ability to track alerts from a central location and find the devices posing threats to the organization. To learn more about Pwn Pulse, please visit here.

About Pwnie Express
Pwnie Express provides threat detection of the billions of devices in and around your workplace. By automating wireless and wired device detection, Pwnie solutions continuously detect the devices on or around your network that are open pathways for attackers. Pwnie arms your security team to win the BYOD battle with the ability to detect and fingerprint any device, from phone to thermostat, in order to prioritize your security response, reduce alert fatigue, and provide situational intelligence. See all the things you’re missing at pwnieexpress.com or @PwnieExpress.

Pwnie Express Named Finalist in Info Security Products Guide’s 2016 Global Excellence Awards

Boston, MA – February 9, 2016 – Today, Info Security Products Guide, the industry’s chief information security research and advisory guide, has named the Pwn Pulse platform a finalist for the 2016 Global Excellence Awards in the “Best New Product or Service of the Year Category.” Pwn Pulse is the industry’s first SaaS solution designed to continuously detect both wireless and wired devices putting an organization’s workplace at risk, including high risk BYOx, shadow IT, and purpose-built malicious hardware.

Pwn Pulse is the only solution available today to allow for real-time wireless and wired device detection, helping enterprises stay ahead of the latest possible threats presented by everything from misconfigured phones, unauthorized Bluetooth-enabled devices, and open ports to drones and card skimmers. Pwn Pulse enables IT security teams to replace legacy, expensive, manual point-in-time assessments, while enhancing existing IT security tools, people, and workflow.

“We are honored to be recognized again this year as an industry leader by the Info Security Products Guide Global Excellence Awards,” said Paul Paget, CEO of Pwnie Express. “We are seeing increasing global demand for our Pwn Pulse SaaS platform – the first and only solution that detects rogue, misconfigured, and unauthorized devices across wired and wireless spectrums – and this recognition underlines the business-critical need for increased visibility and actionable insights on all devices across the enterprise to pinpoint and prevent attacks.”

The winners will be announced during the 12th annual awards dinner and presentation on February 29, 2016 in San Francisco.

To learn more about Pwn Pulse, please visit here.

 

About Info Security Products Guide Awards

SVUS Awards organized by Silicon Valley Communications are conferred in 10 annual award programs: The Info Security’s Global Excellence Awards, The IT Industry’s Hot Companies and Best Products Awards, The Golden Bridge Business and Innovation Awards, and Consumer World Awards, CEO World Awards, Customer Sales and Service World Awards, The Globee Fastest Growing Private Companies Awards, Women World Awards, PR World Awards, and Pillar Employee Recognitions World Awards. These premier awards honor organizations of all types and sizes from all over the world including the people, products, performance, PR and marketing. To learn more, visit www.svusawards.com

 

About Pwnie Express

Pwnie Express provides threat detection of the billions of devices in and around your workplace. By automating wireless and wired device detection, Pwnie solutions continuously detect the devices on or around your network that are open pathways for attackers. Pwnie arms your security team to win the BYOD battle with the ability to detect and fingerprint any device, from phone to thermostat, in order to prioritize your security response, reduce alert fatigue, and provide situational intelligence. See all the things you’re missing at pwnieexpress.com or @PwnieExpress.
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Automatic Detection and Enhanced Alerting on the Wireless and Wired Devices Currently Putting Your Network at Risk

Pwnie Express’ Pwn Pulse™ Delivers Device Protection To Detect the Phone or the Drone, with Risk Analysis  Reports Even The Board Can Understand

Boston, MA – January 19, 2016 – IT security teams are working to understand and see all the wireless and wired devices that are on and even around their network. The ability to visualize, fingerprint, and analyze the behavior of these devices is critical for threat detection, BYOD policy enforcement, remote vulnerability assessment, resource inventory management, bandwidth optimization, and more.  Today, Pwnie Express introduced new and updated real-time, automatic detection capabilities to help IT security teams pinpoint and report on the specific wired or wireless devices on or around their networks that are putting their organization at risk – whether it be potential drones, misconfigured phones, open ports, card skimmers, or unauthorized Bluetooth-enabled devices.

The Pwn Pulse SaaS Platform provides comprehensive visibility and real-time reporting, giving IT security teams the granular device intelligence needed to prioritize security response, such as device type, operating system, MAC address, device connection history, etc. By automating 30+ new rules in addition to existing built-in rules and alerts, Pwn Pulse allows organizations to “set them and forget them,” by continuously monitoring and providing real-time alerts and daily trend reports on the metrics that matter most. By seamlessly integrating with SIEM/WIPS systems, Pwn Pulse also enables the implementation of real-time remediation efforts, such as helping organizations quickly “track and disable” the devices posing threats to the organization.

This enhanced Pwn Pulse functionality helps to address a number of key business challenges organizations face, including:

  • Trend Analysis: Pwn Pulse trend reports are easy for non-technical users to understand, and give organizations a high-level view of their overall device landscape. This helps businesses to determine threat levels based on numbers of rogue or misconfigured devices on or near the network over time, and also correlate time periods to prepare for future spikes in device use (i.e. the surge in new employee-owned devices after the holiday season).
  • BYOD Policy Creation and Enforcement: By providing ongoing trend analysis of the overall device landscape, Pwn Pulse helps organizations to create or fine-tune BYOD programs that possess the critical and comprehensive visibility needed to effectively enforce policies.
  • Enterprise Resource Allocation and Inventory Management: By continuously monitoring and reporting on all devices in and around the network, large organizations can more effectively determine resource needs – such as whether or not a business division actually requires two new printers when they already have 10 – and continuously manage inventory.
  • Customized Reporting: Every organization is unique. Pwn Pulse gives organizations the option of custom-building their own rules and reports, which can be easily updated and modified over time based on user input.
  • Trend Analysis: Pwn Pulse trend reports are easy for non-technical users to understand, and give organizations a high-level view of their overall device landscape. This helps businesses to determine threat levels based on numbers of rogue or misconfigured devices on or near the network over time, and also correlate time periods to prepare for future spikes in device use (i.e. the surge in new employee-owned devices after the holiday season).

“Organizations from around the world have deployed our Pwn Pulse SaaS platform to detect rogue, misconfigured, and unauthorized devices across wired and wireless spectrums and achieve visibility across their distributed and often global network,” said Edwin Marin, Vice President of Engineering, Pwnie Express. “Our collaborative relationship with our customers has fueled the continued evolution of our product line. Based on their valuable feedback, we’ve taken the platform to the next level by automatically detecting the devices creating the most risk to an organization at any point in time.  Within minutes of deployment, Pwnie’s new alerting capabilities immediately show not only the purpose of the features, but also the direct value.”

About Pwn Pulse

Pwn Pulse continuously detects all of the devices putting an organization’s workplace at risk. The SaaS platform detects devices connected to or even around a network, helping to replace legacy, expensive, on-site, manual point-in-time assessments. Pwn Pulse finds unidentified, open attack paths including: mobile phones, Wi-Fi Printers, Access Points, Smart Devices, and more, while working to amplify an organization’s existing IT and security tools, people, and workflow.

Enhanced reporting functionality will be generally available at the end of the first quarter of 2016.

About Pwnie Express

Pwnie Express provides threat detection of the billions of devices in and around your workplace. By automating wireless and wired device detection, Pwnie solutions continuously detect the devices on or around your network that are open pathways for attackers. Pwnie arms your security team to win the BYOD battle with the ability to detect and fingerprint any device, from phone to thermostat, in order to prioritize your security response, reduce alert fatigue, and provide situational intelligence. See all the things you’re missing at pwnieexpress.com or @PwnieExpress.

For The First Time, EU Workplaces Gain Full Visibility Into the Connected Devices Posing Threats To Their Networks

Pwnie Express Launches Pwn Pulse SaaS Platform in Europe to Automatically Detect the Wireless and Wired Devices Putting European Businesses and Critical Infrastructure at Risk

BOSTON, MA–(Marketwired – Jan 5, 2016) – Pwnie Express, providers of real-time threat detection of all the wireless and wired devices in and around workplaces, today announced European availability of its Pwn Pulse SaaS platform. European organizations can now detect rogue, misconfigured, and unauthorized devices, from phones and printers to malicious access points, across wired and wireless spectrums. Visibility from Pwn Pulse helps European companies more comprehensively protect critical business infrastructure while preserving data privacy.

Demand for Wireless/Wired Device Detection Fuels Pwnie Express Growth
According to the ISACA European 2015 IT Risk/Reward Barometer, 70 percent of European business and IT professionals consider it a medium to high likelihood that a company will be hacked through an internet-connected device. As bring your own device (BYOD) and Internet of Things (IoT) devices continue to proliferate in workplaces across the EU, 51 percent believe their IT department is not aware of all of the connected devices within the organization, and one in three do not have a policy in place to address BYOD at all — let alone discover and analyze the multitude of devices in and around their networks. These devices can be inherently malicious or can be used as gateways into the networks of these organizations, including critical networks used by utilities, financial institutions, government organizations, and others.

Committed to ensuring the highest level of customer data privacy, Pwnie Express has deployed an on-continent instance of Pwn Pulse to meet newly heightened customer data policies as dictated by the EU. Pwnie Express, as a committed trusted security partner, has instituted the capability to store all EU customer data exclusively in the EU. This helps European organizations further reduce privacy risks while helping to ensure regulatory compliance.

Pwnie CEO, “The unique ability to detect and fingerprint these devices is driving global demand for Pwnie’s device detection platform.”

“With the rise in connected devices around the world, organizations globally need to better understand the threat of connected devices in, and around, their organizations,” said Paul Paget, CEO, Pwnie Express. “It starts with full visibility of all the devices and then real-time analysis and auditing of each device to determine which are rogue, misconfigured, or unauthorized. Pwn Pulse was purpose-built to help security teams not only detect and monitor these devices, but then prioritize security response, reduce alert fatigue, and provide situational intelligence to implement real-time remediation.”

About Pwnie Express
Pwnie Express provides threat detection of the billions of wireless and wired devices in and around your workplace. By automating wireless and wired device detection, Pwnie solutions continuously detect the devices on or around your network that are open pathways for attackers. Pwnie arms your security team to win the BYOD battle with the ability to detect and fingerprint any device, from phone to thermostat, in order to prioritize your security response, reduce alert fatigue, and provide situational intelligence. See all the things you’re missing at pwnieexpress.com or @PwnieExpress.