About

SecondWrite

SecondWrite brings deep learning and forced code-execution to the battle against advanced malware. Our dynamic analysis malware detector uses patented technology to find, forcibly execute and evaluate hidden code paths that other malware detectors miss. Using advanced program analysis, neural networks, and our state-of-the-art patented technology, we automatically find code sequences that characterize malware without prior signatures, thus classifying malicious program behavior and features that consistently evade competitive technology. Our product, Malware DeepView delivers deep, actionable insight into malware quickly with a lower total cost of ownership than competitive tools.

Today’s cybercriminals are using Artificial Intelligence to develop evasive malware with new behaviors that successfully defeats existing cyber- security solutions by hiding itself inside sandboxes and malware detectors and then launching cyber-attacks on live systems.

Existing sandbox based automated malware analysis systems capture indicators of compromise (IOC) based on interaction of a malware with the external environment. A lack of an ability to introspect malware leaves a severe blind spot that is exploited by malware writers to defeat such solutions. In addition, only relying on such external behavior based IOC results in insufficient differentiation between benign and malicious software, causing lots of false alerts.

Our technology leverages the fact that malware is programmed in a fundamentally different manner from regular benign software and contains several program-level obfuscations and other anti-analysis features. Using our patented technology and Deep Learning, we identify and capture IOCs based on such internal programs properties. This additional IOC spectrum results in a more reliable differentiation between benign software and malware, resulting in fewer alerts.

SecondWrite is a spinoff from University of Maryland, College Park. It is co-founded by faculty and PhDs from University of Maryland who have collaborated for over a decade in developing novel cutting-edge cybersecurity and program analysis techniques.

Leadership

Rajeev Barua

Rajeev Barua

Founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Rajeev Barua is the founder and CEO of SecondWrite. He is also a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Maryland. He received his Ph.D in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has over 20 years of experience in cybersecurity, binary rewriting, and program analysis. Under his leadership, SecondWrite raised over $1.6M in funding, and was selected among the top three startups among 30 applicant companies at the TechStars Startup DC competition in 2016. SecondWrite has also been selected among 40 leading cybersecurity startups for the Early Stage Expo at RSA 2017. He has published over 60 academic papers and holds five issued patents.

Paul Talamo

Paul Talamo

Chief Operating Officer (COO)

Paul Talamo is an entrepreneur with twelve years of experience in the cyber security industry. He has been a founder or principal employee at three product-focused cyber startups, and an employee at two classified national intelligence organizations. He has participated in the acquisition process on four occasions, twice representing the acquirer and twice as the acquiree. Paul has six years of executive experience, including four years as VP of Products or Product owner, and two years in other senior roles. He has participated in customer relationship management and sales strategy for three products.

Aparna Kotha

Aparna Kotha

Chief of Product Development

Aparna Kotha has over six years of experience as a startup manager and entrepreneur in the cyber-security and enterprise software space. She is a founding member of SecondWrite and has led its product development from the early days. She manages customer on-boarding & support at SecondWrite. She has also showcased the SecondWrite product at various technology conferences and trade-shows. Aparna has over ten years of experience in binary rewriting, program analysis, compilers and algorithms. Prior to SecondWrite, she received a PhD from University of Maryland(UMD), College Park in Spring 2013. She has authored over 14 papers and 4 patents.

Alpana Barua

Alpana Barua

VP of Sales and Strategy

Alpana Das Barua is the Vice President of Business Strategy and Sales at SecondWrite. She has 8+ years of experience in business analysis, software development, and web development. Her strengths include 6+ years of experience in communication with stakeholders such as customers, management, and developers to align strategy with business goals and available technology resources. Updated skills with Masters degree at Harvard University in Information Management Systems (2014-2017). She has been involved with Secondwrite since its inception and has been a close advisor to the founder and CEO throughout. She joined SecondWrite full time in November 2018.

ADVISORY BOARD

Ron Gula

Ron Gula

Advisor

Ron Gula is the Co-founder and President of Gula Tech Adventures, an investment firm. Previously, he was the founder and chairman of Tenable Networks Security, one of the largest network security companies in the world. He was co-named Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2013 for defense and security.

Srinivas Mantripragada

Srinivas Mantripragada

Advisor

Srinivas Mantripragada is the Vice President of Engineering at AnalyticsMD and a venture advisor to several VC firms in Silicon Valley. Prior to that, he was Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Foundation Capital, Director of Advanced technology at Determina, an innovative cybersecurity firm which was acquired by VMWare and Chief Architect at Barracuda networks.

Rajesh Radhakrishnan

Rajesh Radhakrishnan

Advisor

Rajesh Radhakrishnan is the Chief Revenue Officer at GlobalLogic, a fast growing, full life-cycle product engineering services company, with over 8,000 employees. Formerly, he was Vice President of Application and BPO services for the Americas at Hewlett-Packard.

Vatsal Sonecha

Vatsal Sonecha

Advisor

Vatsal Sonecha is the Vice President of Business Development at Synopsys Inc. Previously he was the SVP of Strategy & Business Development at Armor Defense, VP of Business Development at Tenable Network Security and VP of Product Management & Business Development at TriCipher.

Madhav Sonthalia

Madhav Sonthalia

Advisor

Madhav Sonthalia is the founder and board member of New Era Analytics. Previously he was the Chief Technology Officer of CyberSponse, Inc. a Cyber Security Incident Response company. Prior to CyberSponse, he led the Product Development and Engineering organization for iSight Partners which was acquired by Fireeye.

Scott Sanders

Scott Sanders

Advisor

Scott Sanders is the President and CEO of Prosim Advisory, a consulting firm that provides strategic advice to private equity, venture capital firms, and CEOs of early-stage companies. Prior to that, Scott was SVP/GM of Verisign’s security business, as well as head of strategy for the company.

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