April 2019: The Partnership will facilitate focused research on cyber and public safety issues impacting critical infrastructure
IOActive, Inc., the worldwide leader in research-fueled security services, today announced that the company is partnering with the Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology (ICIT), America’s cybersecurity think tank, to focus and conduct research on cybersecurity and public safety related issues impacting critical infrastructure. Through this collaboration, ICIT will leverage IOActive’s deep security expertise to inform public and private sectors on how to better defend against modern-day cybersecurity threats.
“IOActive and ICIT will focus on investigating the most pressing security risks facing our nation’s critical infrastructures right now and well into the future,” said Matt Rahman, chief operating officer at IOActive. “Whether it’s financial services, energy, healthcare, telecommunications or transportation security, this collaboration will enable us to share best practices and guidance on improving security policies and procedures across these important areas.”
The global research team at IOActive specializes in a number of key cybersecurity consulting services across major industries and critical infrastructure. As the driving force behind the nonprofit Securing Smart Cities initiative, IOActive prioritizes and invests in helping the world build smart cities with cybersecurity in mind. The team will also leverage its 21-year history of groundbreaking research and innovation to offer its expertise on how organizations can identify and strengthen their defenses against critical infrastructure threats.
“ICIT’s mission is to cultivate a cybersecurity renaissance that will improve the resiliency of our nation’s critical infrastructure sectors, defend our democratic institutions, and empower generations of cybersecurity leaders,” said Parham Eftekhari, executive director at ICIT. “This partnership will augment government and private sector decision makers’ access to bleeding edge insights and resources surrounding critical infrastructure cybersecurity with research from a world-renowned global security services firm.”
IOActive and ICIT share a history prior to this partnership. In 2015, the two organizations briefed government leaders and executives on Capitol Hill regarding the state of automotive vulnerabilities after IOActive published a 2015 technical whitepaper detailing how its researchers were able to remotely exploit an unaltered passenger vehicle.
“IOActive is proud to build this partnership with ICIT, who is dedicated to making a difference for our nation and the connected world,” said Jennifer Steffens, chief executive officer at IOActive. “For the last 21 years, our company’s team has dedicated its resources to making the interconnected world safer and more secure. We look forward to furthering this mission through the increased information sharing and collaboration that this partnership will bring.”
ICIT is a 501(c)3 non-partisan cybersecurity think tank with a mission to cultivate a cybersecurity renaissance that will improve the resiliency of our Nation’s critical infrastructure sectors, defend our democratic institutions, and empower generations of cybersecurity leaders. Our freely available research, Fellows, and educational events offer a trusted source of objective learning for public and private sector policymakers, technology and cybersecurity leaders, and business executives. Together, we can defend today’s vulnerabilities while changing cultures for a more secure future.
IOActive is a trusted partner for Global 1000 enterprises, providing research-fueled security services across all industries. Our cutting-edge security teams provide highly specialized technical and programmatic services including full stack penetration testing, program efficacy assessments, and hardware hacking. IOActive brings a unique attacker’s perspective to every client engagement to maximize security investments and improve client’s overall security posture and business resiliency. Founded in 1998, IOActive is headquartered in Seattle with global operations. For more information, visit ioactive.com.
Michelle Schafer, Merritt Group for IOActive