Release date: January 2022
Visual-AI company VISUA Joins Open Cybersecurity Alliance (OCA)
Dublin and New York-based VISUA joins OCA to add computer vision technologies to key open source cybersecurity projects
Leading Dublin, Ireland and New York-based Visual-AI company, VISUA is delighted to announce its membership into the Open Cybersecurity Alliance (OCA). Through its membership VISUA hopes to further the use of computer vision technologies in cyber defense initiatives used to detect and block the growing trend in the use of visual attack vectors by bad actors in phishing attacks.
Further, VISUA will work to integrate key initiatives launched by the OCA in the form of its STIX-Shifter and PACE (Posture Attribute Collection and Evaluation) initiatives.
In late 2020 VISUA launched its Visual Phishing Detection stack, which is already being successfully deployed by leading cybersecurity companies at scale. VISUA is now in the planning processes to introduce a new project through the OCA that will allow participating companies to implement visual threat hunting into their detection stacks, adding key visual signals into their threat analysis tools.
Commenting on the partnership VISUA, co-founder and CTO, Alessandro Prest said:
“VISUA joined the OCA specifically because we saw the valuable work the member companies were doing to not only find new and innovative ways to detect compromises and behaviours, but also to communicate threat intelligence in a more cohesive and open way. This kind of work is very exciting to us as we bring new technology discussions to the world of cybersecurity and begin to integrate the wonderful innovations developed and ratified by OASIS members.”
Declan McGonigle, VP of Sales and Marketing, adds: “We are relatively new to the world of cybersecurity and so we welcome the opportunity to collaborate with some of the world’s leading companies in this space, to learn directly what is important to them in identifying indicators of behaviours that carry the highest risks to organisations. We know that phishing attacks reached record highs in Q3 2021 (according to APWG) and today ninety percent plus of compromises start as phishing attacks. Meanwhile, brand spoofing attacks have more than doubled since late 2019 to September 2021. Computer vision is key to identifying and blocking these types of threats and we look forward to working with OCA members to drive the effective use of these technologies in the future.”
“The OCA is pleased to welcome VISUA as our newest member,” said Guy Martin, Executive Director of OASIS Open, “VISUA’s expertise in computer vision adds an important component to the OCA ecosystem. We look forward to having them involved in the PACE initiative, which was recently contributed to the OCA by the US National Security Agency (NSA).”
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