SAN MATEO CA, July 14, 2015 – Norse, the leader in live attack intelligence, today announced that Norse Senior Data Scientist Mary Landesman has been named a “Woman to Watch” by SC Magazine in its Second Annual Women in IT Security special issue.

Landesman, a pioneer in developing new data analysis techniques for interpreting cyber threat intelligence, joined Norse earlier this year to detect and analyze cyber threats and help customers develop effective attack-avoidance methodologies. She is widely viewed as an expert on web infections, malicious webmail scripts, brute-force attacks, detection methods and SMS spam.

Landesman has been researching malware and security events for over two decades, since the “Michelangelo” virus appeared in February 1991. Prior to Norse, Landesman was senior security researcher at Cisco Systems, where she analyzed large datasets to find new web-based threats and security trends. While investigating stealthy threats increasing at unusual rates in 2009, Landesman is credited with discovering “Gumblar,” one of the most significant malware web threats of 2009 and 2010. In 2013, Landesman rooted out “Darkleech,” malware that tampers with websites hosted on Apache servers. Landesman uncovered a worldwide network of compromised hosting provider servers controlled remotely by this malware.

Prior to that, Mary was a manager on the Microsoft Anti-Malware Research and Response Team, where she created the first annual Microsoft Security Intelligence Report. Based on data from more than a billion systems worldwide and some of the busiest online services, the report is generally regarded as the most comprehensive threat intelligence report in the industry, providing insights on malware, exploits, and vulnerabilities.

Landesman told SC Magazine that while many women have found exciting opportunities in the male-dominated cybersecurity field, she “worries that younger women may not be aware of the many types of roles that are available — and may be turned off by the stereotypes that persist despite the reality.” Landesman is a fierce advocate for women entering the cybersecurity industry, saying that “the threat landscape is growing and changing rapidly, so we need all the talent we can get, especially women who may not think about bringing their skills to cybersecurity.”

“We’re very proud of Mary and her accomplishments, and lucky to have her on our team,” said Brian Contos, chief security strategist at Norse. “We know what an extraordinary resource she is, so we’re glad that the wider community is hearing more about her as well.”

Landesman received three Microsoft MVP awards for her role in furthering consumer security in 2009, 2010 and 2011. In 2010, Apollo Research declared her the “most quoted security researcher” for Internet malware and phishing and third most quoted for security overall. In 2012, eWeek magazine listed Landesman as one of the “10 Women in Information Security that Everyone Should Know,” and in May 2014, Intelligent Defense listed her as one of “Three Women Leading the Way in IT Security.”

About Norse

Norse is the global leader in live attack intelligence, helping companies block the threats that other systems miss. Serving the world’s largest financial, government and technology organizations, Norse intelligence dramatically improves the performance, catch-rate and return-on-investment of an enterprise’s entire security infrastructure. The Norse Intelligence Network, a globally-distributed distant early warning grid of millions of sensors, honeypots, crawlers, and agents, delivers unmatched visibility into difficult-to-penetrate geographies and darknets where bad actors operate. Norse processes hundreds of terabytes daily against a 7-petabyte attack history database, and weighs over 1,500 variables to compute real-time risk scores for millions of IP addresses and URLs every day. For more information, visit


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