Open Source. Open Tools. Open Minds.
AlienVault believes that the only way for us all to be more secure is for OSSIM users and AlienVault customers to share data, knowledge and insights within the security intelligence communities via the AlienVault Open Threat Exchange (OTX).
AlienVault Labs consists of a dedicated team of internet security researchers, including the creators of OSSIM, the de facto standard Open Source SIEM.
Our experts constantly monitor, analyze, reverse engineer and report on sophisticated zero-day threats including malware, botnets, phishing campaigns and more. AlienVault researchers publish their findings in this blog and include the latest intelligence as correlation rules, policies and reputation data in the AlienVault Threat feed.
Jaime Blasco, Director Alienvault Labs
Ask anyone about Jaime and they’ll say he’s the man you want on your side when it comes to a hack – the Sherlock Holmes of the Internet.
At AlienVault Jaime manages the Lab and runs the Vulnerability Research Team. Prior to working in the AlienVault lab he founded a couple of startups (Eazel, Aitsec) working on web application security, source code analysis and incident response.
His background stems from a number of years working in vulnerability management, malware analysis and security researching.
When he’s not hunting down the bad guys, and alerting the good ones, he’s a guest speaker or lecturer at hacking conferences such as Rooted Con, OWASP. Recently he ran a Cyber Warfare conference for the Head of Defence in Spain demonstrating attacks in real time and showing how to defend against them. He’s also a regular contributor to Hakin9 and InSecure magazine. Jaime also advises government on emerging threats.
Alberto Ortega, Research Team Engineer
Alberto’s the one sniffing out any suspicious behaviour and helping to maintain the threat database. Beware all you baddies – he’s tracking you!
After leaving college, Alberto was snapped up by a company who specialised in open source for mobile devices. A matter of months later his hacking talents were recognised by AlienVault, who brought him on board to work in the AlienVault Lab. Today he spends his time analysing threats and tracking their origins.
Conrad Constantine, Research Team Engineer
Mention “Commodore Amiga” around Conrad and watch him get misty-eyed for the ‘good old days’ of the computer underground and the Demo-writing scene. An early background in searching for forbidden knowledge, pushing computing hardware to its limits and a nose for the truth, made for a perfect storm toward a career in Incident Response, where over a decade and a half he has been on the front lines of defense work in telecom, medical and media corporations, not least of which being at ground zero for the 2011 RSA Breach.
A firm believer that incident response must become an accessible and effective discipline available to all, he works on bringing the mysteries of open source intelligence generation and defensive agility to those willing to take the leap from fear to action, mostly via the medium of code, (and visio diagrams).
William Smartt, Research Team Engineer
A native of the Bay Area, Bill Smartt joined the Alienvault labs team in January of 2013. As a member of the Super Nintendo and Windows XP era, Bill got his start in computers through video games. In college Bill was intrigued by the InfoSec community, and worked on improving vulnerability scanning techniques for which he won the ‘Award for outstanding project in computer science’. After graduating from University of San Francisco in Computer Science, he quickly found his place at the Alienvault labs working on emerging threats and infection prevention.
Bill’s interests include networks, cryptography, and reverse engineering.
Eduardo de la Arada, Research Team Engineer
Eduardo has a deep passion for security and everything related to it. He likes programming languages, reverse engineering and have a big curiosity in all digital related stuff. He has collaborated with several Open Source projects during his college years and he gave several talks about programming at the university as a member of the ACM chapter in Spain. He has worked for an antifraud system company and after that he decided to join our research team and to help us catching the bad guys.
When he is not finding new threats he likes competing in Capture the Flag and Wargame tournaments and breaking things for fun.
Read the team’s Research Blog.