JASK Unveils ‘Special Ops’ Professional Service to Support Customers with an Elite Cyber Threat Hunting Team

Former Splunk, RSA FirstWatch and Palo Alto Networks Threat Researchers Lead Service that Reduces Time-to-Value and Provides Access to the Latest Counter-Adversary Intelligence

SAN FRANCISCO & AUSTIN, Texas--()--JASK, the provider of the industry’s first Autonomous Security Operations Center (ASOC) platform, today announced the launch of a new customer-driven service, JASK Special Ops. Powered by an elite threat hunting team, JASK Special Ops augments clients’ existing cyber staff to reduce the time-to-value for the JASK ASOC platform while empowering teams with dedicated resources to apply the latest tactics, techniques and procedures to defend critical assets from advanced cyberattacks.

The founding Special Ops team includes deeply experienced threat analysts and researchers who recently joined JASK from elite cyber units at companies including RSA FirstWatch, Palo Alto Networks and Dell SecureWorks. JASK Special Ops includes a comprehensive set of offerings available in two levels; the first includes active threat hunting and discovering shared patterns that enhance JASK ASOC Insights, the second includes custom and advanced assistance with incident response. The JASK Special Ops Service is available today.

The University of Lethbridge, a Canadian academic and research institution with campuses in Lethbridge and Calgary, Alberta, chose the JASK ASOC platform in early 2018 to gain enhanced visibility into malicious activity. After learning more about the solution’s capabilities, the University’s security operations team expanded its use of JASK to provide insights into core security analytics uses, including user activities. With nearly 9,000 graduate and undergraduate students, approximately 1,200 faculty and staff, and leading research centers and institutes across disciplines, it is critical that the team have the latest knowledge to defend from cyberattacks.

"The initial value from the JASK ASOC platform came from the fact that it frees our tier 1 SOC analysts from alert fatigue and enables them to become tier 2 and tier 3 analysts,” said Kevin Vadnais, Manager of the Information Management and Security Office at the University of Lethbridge. “In a resource-constrained environment, this addition of cybersecurity skills is extremely valuable, but to better meet our people’s needs, we count on the support of the JASK Special Ops team to help us best utilize the platform to hunt threats as if they were part of our organization.”

Flexibility of Service Offerings

JASK Special Ops is available in two levels - Standard and Premium. The services offered through JASK Special Ops Standard ensures the collective security of the entire JASK customer base. As the special ops team works side-by-side with customers to identify potential threats, best practices and emerging threats are shared through further automating the JASK ASOC platform across its customer community. Both Standard and Premium options offer:

  • Active Threat Hunting - The JASK Special Ops team continually assesses customer data available in JASK signals for the latest advanced attacks and emerging threats and investigates outlier anomalous activity. The team works with customers to remediate threats, while intelligence gathered is fed into the JASK platform for the benefit of all customers.
  • 24x7 Alerting - JASK works with customers to develop an alerting and triage matrix, ensuring the right assets and attention are brought to bear on any customer issue.
  • Access to Threat Reports - Customers receive access to Threat Reports generated by the JASK Special Ops team in response to emerging activity.

The JASK Special Ops Premium level builds on the standard services to provide custom and advanced assistance related to incident response in the event of a breach. This includes a named Threat Analyst to work with customers to build and mature their ASOC environment; quarterly health checks to calibrate and optimize the ASOC platform; custom response on issues arising from a breach in their environment; malware and root cause analysis; and tailored hunting sessions.

The members of the JASK Special Ops team bring an average of 20 years of advanced threat hunting experience from world-class organizations. Founding team members include:

  • Rod Soto serves as lead threat engineer and evangelist for the JASK Special Ops team. Prior to JASK, Rod was principal security researcher at Splunk and Akamai, and is a board member of HackMiami.
  • Kevin Stear, lead threat analyst, is responsible for the day-to-day operations of JASK Special Ops. He recently joined JASK from the RSA FirstWatch team, and previously served in key information security roles with Aetna and the United States Department of Defense.
  • Mike Scott, lead threat researcher, is responsible for the creation of JASK Threat Intelligence. Mike comes to JASK from Palo Alto Networks, where he served as manager of threat analysis. He also held threat analyst roles at Sony, FireEye and SAIC.
  • Brandon Levene, principal threat researcher, brings experience from research, analyst and incident response positions at Palo Alto Networks, Salesforce and Dell SecureWorks.
  • Patrick Litke, principal threat researcher, also recently joined JASK after serving in security automation engineering, research and analyst roles at Palo Alto Networks and Dell SecureWorks.

“I am thrilled with the incredible level of talent we have brought on board, and as far as threat hunting is concerned, the JASK Special Ops team is the most impressive group I’ve come across in my career,” said Greg Martin, JASK CEO and co-founder. “In combination with the context and visibility provided by the ASOC platform, the team is already delivering tremendous value by engaging with our customers to mitigate and more importantly prevent risk.”

Kevin Stear, Lead Threat Analyst with JASK Special Ops, is launching a new webinar series, JASK Expert Analysis, on June 13, 2018 at 11 AM CDT. In the series kick-off, Current Crimeware and Nation-State Activity, Stear will share the latest need-to-know analysis of the current threat landscape. Learn from the JASK Special Ops team about the latest in cybersecurity and how it could impact your organization. For more information or to sign up, visit the registration page.

About JASK
JASK is modernizing security operations to reduce organizational risk and improve human efficiency. Through technology consolidation, enhanced AI and machine learning, the JASK Autonomous Security Operations Center (ASOC) platform automates the correlation and analysis of threat alerts, helping SOC analysts focus on highest-priority threats, streamlining investigations and delivering faster response times. www.jask.com


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Jessica MacGregor, 617-986-5024


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Jessica MacGregor, 617-986-5024