Crowdsourcing cyber threat defense

Crowdsourcing cyber threat defense

Paul Revere’s ride on April 18, 1775, to warn colonial troops at Concord. Mass., after seeing two lanterns in the Old North Church in Boston signaling the approaching British was arguably, said Mark Jaster, “the first successful evidence of an intelligence network operating in the United States.”

So when he founded his cybersecurity company — 418 Intelligence Corp. — Jaster selected a name that referred to that early intelligence network, with “418” representing April 18.

Far from focusing on old intelligence technologies, however, Herndon, Va.-based 418 Intelligence has just received a $350,000 grant from the Department of Homeland Security to develop a unique game-based forecasting platform for responding to cyber threats.

The idea behind 418 Intelligence’s platform is that when an organization detects a cyber attack or threat it will submit information about the event to the platform where it can be assessed by a recruited crowd of

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