SAN MATEO, Calif., September 10, 2014 – Norse, the leader in live attack intelligence, today announced that Brian Contos has joined the company as a senior vice president and chief security strategist.  In this new position, Brian will help guide the company’s market strategy, technical solutions and field engineering.

“The traditional strategies and technologies that used to keep us secure have stopped working as advanced cyber threats have evolved, creating the need for a live intelligence-based approach to security that can rapidly detect advanced malware and breaches and improve the incident response process,” said Contos. “Together with the superb team of Norse technical account managers and solutions architects, I look forward to working with our customers to help develop threat intelligence strategies that mitigate cyber threats while improving operational efficiencies and security ROI.”

Before joining Norse, Brian was vice president of threat intelligence and security strategy for Blue Coat Systems. Prior to that, he held key positions at McAfee, Imperva, ArcSight, Riptech, Bell Labs and the Defense Information Systems Agency. Brian is a published author and proven business leader, a Distinguished Fellow with the Ponemon Institute and a blogger for CSO Magazine.  He has worked as a security expert with Global 2000 enterprises and government organizations in more than 50 countries across six continents.  His most recent book, “Physical and Logical Security Convergence,” was co-authored with former NSA deputy director William Crowell.  He has written for and been interviewed by industry and business press such as CBS News, Bloomberg, Forbes, The New York Times, USA Today and The Times of London.  Brian is regularly invited to present at leading security and industry events worldwide such as RSA Conference, Interop, OWASP, SANS, CSI, SecTor, GovWare, GFIRST, E-Crime Congress, Infosecurity Europe and many others. He is a graduate of the University of Arizona with a B.S.B.A specializing in Management Information Systems.

“Brian has an incredible background, having helped build some of the most successful and disruptive security companies in the world,” said Norse CEO Sam Glines.  “He is a superb individual, a dynamic security expert who understands customer pain points, and we are excited to have him join Norse.”

Norse recently introduced DarkWatch™, the first attack intelligence appliance that defends against the new advanced threats emerging from darknets and the rest of the Internet underground. Deployed inline or out-of-band, DarkWatch dramatically improves the return on existing security investments by improving “catch rates,” while reducing traffic loads on already-installed Firewall, IPS and SIEM systems. Easy to set up and simple to use, the DarkWatch advanced artificial intelligence engine distills thousands of risk factors on millions of IPs and URLs to deliver live a simple, actionable risk score for any address of interest.

About Norse

Norse is the leader in live attack intelligence.  Norse delivers continuously-updated, demonstrably unique Internet and darknet intel that helps organizations block attacks that other systems miss. Norse products tightly integrate with popular SIEM, IPS and next-generation firewall products to dramatically improve the performance, catch rate and security return on investment of existing infrastructures. The Norse DarkMatter™ platform detects new threats and tags nascent hazards long before they’re spotted by traditional threat intelligence tools, delivering unique visibility where bad actors operate. The Norse DarkMatter network processes hundreds of terabytes daily and computes over 1500 distinct risk factors, live, for millions of IP addresses every day. The DarkMatter platform is curated by a highly trained team of professional cyber- and human-intelligence analysts to deliver the superior attack intelligence our customers demand. For more information, visit

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