Abhishek Singh
Chief Researcher
Prismo Systems

Why nominated: Abhishek Singh has played a crucial role in the development of sophisticated cybersecurity technologies and processes, including real-time analysis via virtual machines, deception-based techniques, and intrusion prevention and detection. This past year, his research to detect injection exploitation in web applications led to an “API and Query Integrity Algorithm,” which was selected for presentation at 2019 Virus Bulletin Conference.

Profile: Currently the chief researcher at digital SOC solution provider Prismo Systems, Singh has also served in key research and innovation positions at FireEye, Microsoft and Acalvio Technologies.

His recent creation of an “API and Query Integrity Algorithm” to detect injection exploitation in web applications is because the algorithm not only detects SQL, NoSQl, OS command and LFAP injection exploitation by threat actors, but also automatically identifies the vulnerable section of the app code. This will aid the app developers in patching the code, preventing further exploitation.

Throughout his 10-year career, Singh has authored or co-authored 22 patents (16 issued and six pending), 15 research papers and six technical white papers. Patents approved since August 2018 include ones for:

  • a multiphase threat analysis and correlation engine
  • using high interactive networks for targeted threat intelligence
  • a system, apparatus and method for classifying a file as malicious using static scanning
  • a malicious message analysis system

Singh recently authored the technical paper “Spreading Techniques and its Detection by Deception,” which details the spreading techniques threat used by worms and threat actors for lateral movements, and the architecture levering deception used to detect them. The technical paper was shortlisted nominee for 2018 Prestigious Péter Szőr award by Virus Bulletin.

Other notable recent accomplishments include building an active solution that leverages deception techniques to detect ransomware.

What colleagues say: “Abhishek… has an excellent and broad knowledge of information security, and has authored several patents. Abhi has always led from the front with an eagerness to produce world-class innovation that can win in the market. He has unique skills to bridge research with engineering.” – Ram Vardaraj, CEO and founder of Acalvio