iDefense plans Middle East tour

In a six-nation, two-week tour through technology centers in Europe and the Middle East, iDefense is expanding its Vulnerability Contributor Program (VCP) by recruiting new researchers and expanding its IT security services to now cover Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

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By  Maddy Reddy Published  May 13, 2004

In a six-nation, two-week tour through technology centers in Europe and the Middle East, iDefense is expanding its Vulnerability Contributor Program (VCP) by recruiting new researchers and expanding its IT security services to now cover Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. To meet the constantly rising demand for actionable intelligence on these emerging threats, iDefense said it will add more experts to its 150 plus freelance contributors team who provide data and countermeasures to its government, financial services and commercial customers. Idefense, founded as Infrastructure Forum in May 1998 comprises of VCP researchers and analysts provide advanced warning and notification of new vulnerabilities and exploits targeting widely used technologies, documenting more than 500 new vulnerabilities and threats from security researchers worldwide. The main agenda of the tour will be to brief security researchers in Europe and five Middle East countries this spring, followed by iDefense director Sunil James leading the team to meet with security researchers at the Black Hat Europe 2004 security conference on May 19 and 20 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands and the Middle East IT Security Summit 2004 on May 24 and 25, in Dubai, UAE. “The Middle East has a tremendous amount of untapped information security research, and we’re looking forward to sharing new knowledge between this area and Europe, Asia and the Americas. We’re actively searching for highly qualified security researchers to participate in our Vulnerability Contributor Program (VCP), who will help us meet the escalating global demand for actionable intelligence,” says Sunil James, director. The company vets each security submission and works with vendors and customers to identify the root cause and create workaround for its clients. The Washington, D.C-based company claims that its clients are protected months before the vendors issue their patches with hundreds of government agencies and commercial organisations worldwide using its IT security intelligence every day. “Information security providers have to be as vigilant and resourceful as the perpetrators. Like physical security, cyber security is most effective by adding the element of human intelligence to go where technology cannot. Only by gathering, analysing and creating solutions against the newest threats can organisations effectively protect themselves,” adds John Watters, iDefense, chairman and CEO.

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