Can Policeware Make Corporate Sales?

January 5, 2022

How can makers of policeware jump into the corporate market and thrive? One approach: scare private companies into believing their current techniques are dangerously inadequate. That is the approach Cobwebs Technologies is taking with its recent open letter to corporate security teams. Miscw reproduces an excerpt from their missive in, “Overcoming the Pitfalls of Poor Corporate Intelligence: What Security Teams Need to Get Ahead.” Cobwebs director/ letter writer Johnmichael O’Hare warns:

“Organizations naturally settle on practices that have worked in the past. They may limit their threat scanning to a limited number of social media platforms, for example. Such narrowly focused inquiries, however, fail to account for fast-moving changes in web-based platforms, forums, and chat groups. Users discouraged from posting inflammatory messages on one mainstream platform will frequently move to lesser-known, alternative platforms. … Corporate security teams must also keep tabs on information sources and repositories housed in the deep web and the dark web, both of which are not indexed by conventional search engines. Those web layers contain a multitude of data that could threaten a business. The dark web, in particular, harbors numerous sites and markets trafficking in login credentials, trade secrets, email addresses, credit card numbers, and tools for engaging in cyberattacks. Dark web forums, which suddenly surface and just as rapidly disappear, can also contain information relevant to a corporate security investigation. In short, the organization still dependent on social media channels for threat assessment needs to broaden its horizons.”

And what better way to do so than to enlist the aid of an outfit like Cobwebs? This is not the first Israeli-founded government-agency vendor to try penetrating the corporate market; it follows the likes of Voyager Labs and others. Founded in 2015, OSINT-centric firm Cobwebs is now headquartered in New York City.

Cynthia Murrell, January 4, 2021


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