ThreatConnect

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ThreatConnect
TypeCorporation
IndustryNetwork Security
Founded2011
FounderAdam Vincent (CEO), Leigh Reichel (CFO)
Headquarters
Arlington, Virginia
,
United States
Products Threat Intelligence Platform
Number of employees
129 (May 2019) [1]
Website www.threatconnect.com

ThreatConnect is a cyber-security firm based in Arlington, Virginia. They provide a Threat Intelligence Platform for companies to aggregate and act upon threat intelligence.

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History

The firm was founded in 2011 as Cyber Squared Inc. by Adam Vincent, Richard Barger, Andrew Pendergast and Leigh Reichel. [2] They renamed to ThreatConnect after their series A funding of $4 million in 2014, [3] [4] and in December 2015 obtained series B funding of $16 million. [5]

The company gained attention when it linked the Anthem medical data breach to Chinese government-sponsored entities. [6] According to cybercrime expert Brian Krebs, ThreatConnect identified domains used by the group that were intentionally similar to legitimate domains used by Anthem. [7]

They also linked Guccifer 2.0, responsible for the 2016 Democratic National Committee email leak, to the Russian-backed cyberespionage group Fancy Bear. [8] [9] Further cyberattacks they attributed to Fancy Bear include against a group investigating the Malaysia Airlines 17 crash, [10] and the World Anti-Doping Agency who had recently issued a report about state-sponsored doping. [11]

In September 2020, ThreatConnect acquired Virginia-based software company Nehemiah Security. [12]

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