Network Security

Univ. of Washington students win collegiate cyber contest

»Atlanta-based security and network performance monitoring company Lancope has announced the promotion of David Cocchiara (left) to the position of chief operating officer. He adds this role to his current responsibilities as chief financial officer and head of business development. He will play an expanded role in running the company's business.

»Phil Zimmermann, the creator of PGP, the most widely used email encryption software, will be launching a new venture on July 15 called Silent Circle to provide encrypted email, mobile calls, instant messages and VoIP teleconferencing. His partners in the venture include one of his co-founders at PGP, Jon Callas, a cryptographer and currently CTO at Entrust; Mike Janke, a former Navy SEAL, special operations communications expert and privacy advocate; and Vic Hyder, also a former Navy SEAL and founder of Maritime Security. The site intends to offer its services to consumers and corporations, but is targeting “security conscious individuals, human rights groups, oppressed dissidents [and] special operations units.”

»Boston-based Sophos has partnered with Facebook to help protect users from links that lead to malware or malicious sites. Facebook will use the website reputation service provided by SophosLabs, along with its own security measures, to assess whether a widely distributed link is malicious.

»The University of Washington took home the Alamo Cup in April for winning the seventh annual National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (NCCDC), held in San Antonio, Texas. Presented by Deloitte and organized by the Center for Infrastructure Assurance and Security (CIAS), the NCCDC pitted several teams of full-time college students from across the country against each other to test how well they can operate and manage a network, similar to those found in the commercial sector.

»San Jose, Calif.-based ThreatMetrix, a provider of integrated cyber crime prevention solutions, has closed a Series D round of financing. August Capital led the round with $18 million in capital, with existing investors Tenaya Capital, US Venture Partners and CM Capital also participating.

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