When our chief scientist created Bro at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in 1995, he never imagined it would be used worldwide more than 20 years later. For over 20 years the founders of Corelight have been building and improving the open source software, and now they've founded a company.
Bejtlich brings key industry perspectives and insights on network visibility and data-centric security that will help Corelight customers, and drive sales and product development strategy
San Francisco, Calif.—Sept. 11, 2018 — Corelight, providers of the most powerful network visibility solution for cybersecurity, today welcomed Richard Bejtlich, former chief security strategist at FireEye, respected author and prominent cybersecurity expert, to the team as principal security strategist.
Bejtlich, an early proponent of the open source Bro Network Security Monitor (aka “Bro”) — the technology at the heart of the Corelight Sensor — will work with the company’s executive team to help align product development with enterprise needs. He will also communicate the value of Bro data and network security monitoring for countering adversaries.
“Richard has inspired a generation of defenders through his books, blog posts, presentations, and personal example. Corelight is the network visibility company and Richard is the network visibility guru — so this feels like a perfect match,” said Greg Bell, CEO of Corelight. “We are thrilled to have him join the Corelight team.”
Bejtlich has spent years championing the importance of network security monitoring and the critical role real-time data plays in assessment, detection, and response processes. His first book, The Tao of Network Security Monitoring: Beyond Intrusion Detection (Addison-Wesley Professional, 2004), includes a chapter devoted to Bro and he has also frequently blogged about the technology.
“After years of protecting networks with Bro, joining the Corelight team feels like the natural next step,” said Bejtlich. “Other tools offer glimpses of network visibility, but Bro is like the Hubble telescope. I look forward to working with my new team — many of whom I consider security mentors — to help all organizations harness the power of Bro and Corelight to defend their networks.”
Bejtlich was previously Mandiant’s chief security officer when FireEye acquired Mandiant in 2013. Prior to Mandiant, Bejtlich worked as director of incident response at General Electric, where he built and led the 40-member GE Computer Incident Response Team (GE-CIRT). Bejtlich began his digital security career as a military intelligence officer in 1997 at the Air Force Computer Emergency Response Team (AFCERT), Air Force Information Warfare Center (AFIWC), and Air Intelligence Agency (AIA). He is a graduate of Harvard University and the United States Air Force Academy. He is also a prolific author — his fourth book is “The Practice of Network Security Monitoring” — and sought-after speaker at conferences around the world. Bejtlich addresses a variety of cybersecurity topics on his personal blog — taosecurity.blogspot.com – and can be found on Twitter @taosecurity.
In a separate press release issued today, the company also announced that it has secured $25 million in series B funding led by General Catalyst Partners and has added former VMware CTO Steve Herrod to its board of directors.
Today’s news comes on the heels of the company’s recent launch of the Corelight Virtual Sensor, which enables more pervasive monitoring and allows organizations to flexibly monitor traffic at speeds up to 2 Gbps and is scalable across four reference configurations for VMware.
Corelight delivers the most powerful network visibility solutions for information security professionals, helping them understand network traffic and defend their organizations more effectively. Corelight solutions are built on a foundation of Bro, the powerful and widely-used open source network analysis framework that generates actionable, real-time data for thousands of security teams worldwide. Bro data has become the ‘gold standard’ for incident response, threat hunting, and forensics in large enterprises and government agencies worldwide. Corelight makes a family of network sensors — both physical and virtual, at every scale — that take the pain out of deploying open-source Bro by adding integrations and capabilities large organizations need. The Bro project was initially developed at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), and has been supported by the US Department of Energy (DOE), the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the International Computer Science Institute (ICSI).Corelight is based in San Francisco, Calif. For more information, visit https://www.corelight.com or follow @corelight_inc.