Ep. 3 John Czupak | Sourcefire, SNORT and Threatquotient Oh My

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In this episode of the Cybrary Podcast, we sit down with John Czupak the CEO of ThreatQuotient. Speaking with Cybrary CEO Ralph Sita and Myself Thomas Horlacher the Head of Creative Services, John discusses being at Sourcefire during the creation of the SNORT technology and how now at Threatquotient they are working to help with the issue of Alert Fatigue for security teams.

Topic: Discussion on being at Sourcefire and the Threatquotient
Hosted by: Ralph Sita, Thomas Horlacher, John Czupak
Length: 24 minutes
Released on: January 3rd, 2020
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In this episode of the podcast, John Zcupak, CEO and president at ThreatQuotient, and Ralph Sita, CEO of the Cybrary speak on their experiences with startups. They both were School buddies and successful people in the Cyber industry. John has been working many jobs which he has got successful in his missions. One of the most notable companies he was associated with was Sourcefire, the original creator of the Snort technology.

It all starts with startups, and according to Ralph startups are not easy to run and get a huge amount of challenges at the beginning for itself, and there are some factors, determination, grit, luck, and smart people, which makes it different. Additionally, John adds that the mentality of detecting the threat to prevent the threat and keep it out the way was a bet he and his partners made during the early days of when IDS was shiny stuff in the cyber world. He then says IPS is a blended technology with the core IDS. The talks continue like that to the point where John describes the main mission of ThreatQuotient, a threat-centric security operation platform. He states that the main challenge in organizations is that they can’t get the information together to get the most out of it. On the other hand, ThreatQuotient does, and it gives different capabilities to the organizations. ThreatQuotient’s main mission is to eliminate the noise in the air and put it into digestible, actionable data for the companies as Ralph states. According to John, he has got a dedicated threat intel team which come across important information, so they share it in some capacity with other users such as the SOC team, the incident response team, the hunt team, the vulnerability management team or so to make use of it efficiently, and he sees a tremendous value in sharing it with other users.

Ralph jumps over to the other topic and talks about the hacks and stuff like that. John believes that there is no silver bullet to this problem. There are, however, some possible solutions to prevent it. He says, it is for organizations to raise their employees' awareness and security understanding at least a basic level, and create the opportunity for the employees to work in a team just like a sports team.

Lastly the discussion shifts to talking about startups and businesses. Ralph thinks of startups as a bet and says there are risks and gamble in startups that are not in businesses. There should be gritty people around you having the same mentality which is half of the formula to a successful startup. Thomas says there should be some people who are expected to do more than expectation. Doing things a little more extra every time is just what a startup takes to stay competitive and up to date.