RH-ISAC and Columbus Collaboratory To Discuss Threat Intelligence Exchange Best Practices at Inaugural International Information Sharing Conference

TruSTAR to host panel with the executive leadership of Retail Cyber Intelligence Sharing Center and Columbus Collaboratory

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 1, 2017                             

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Washington, D.C., Nov. 1, 2017 — TruSTAR, a threat intelligence platform built to facilitate information exchange, will lead a panel discussion at the inaugural International Information Sharing Conference in Washington, D.C. on November 1. The panel, titled “How to Launch a Cross-Sector Intelligence Exchange,” will feature information sharing group major players Suzie Squier, the Executive Director of Retail and Hospitality Information Sharing and Analysis Center (RH-ISAC), and Jeff Schmidt, Vice President and Chief Cyber Security Innovator at Columbus Collaboratory.

With global attacks like NotPetya and WannaCry on the rise, organizations recognize that the same tactics, techniques and procedures (TTPs) are threatening not only their assets but also their peers. TruSTAR platform data indicates that well-known vulnerabilities can expand rapidly across multiple sectors within days. For example, approximately 45 percent of the indicators associated with WannaCry were a concern across sectors.

When bad actors target a wide swath of organizations with the same TTPs, threat intelligence sharing groups serve a crucial role in enriching their members’ cybersecurity data with intelligence gathered across multiple sectors and along supply chains.

In this panel discussion, TruSTAR, RH-ISAC and Columbus Collaboratory leaders will discuss the challenges, triumphs and lessons learned from assembling their threat intelligence exchange network among Fortune 500 members. They will also address the technology requirements of such initiatives and the roles of government and the private sector in mitigating risks in an increasingly hostile cyber environment.

“The Retail-CISC is the single most trusted source of cyber threat intel for retailers and customer-facing companies. We are continually growing and implementing our technology roadmap to remove barriers to information sharing for all members in our collaboration portal and Retail ISAC platform. Most recently, transforming the RH-ISAC member experience with a new and secure portal that streamlines and simplifies access automated sharing, real-time discussion threads, valuable content, resources, and direct member-to-member collaboration,” said Suzie Squier, Executive Director of the RH-ISAC.

“As the premier ISAO for the Ohio region, the Columbus Collaboratory is eager to discuss our members’ achievements in the arena of threat intelligence sharing,” said Jeff Schmidt, Vice President and Chief Cyber Security Innovator at Columbus Collaboratory. “Cyber attacks negatively impact all our members across industries, maturity levels and budgets. Through collaborative security practices we face the ubiquitous cyber foe as one, moving beyond threat intelligence sharing to share resources, experts and innovation.”

“TruSTAR is thrilled to convene two pioneers who are establishing new ways to collaborate in threat intelligence sharing,” said Paul Kurtz, Co-Founder and CEO of TruSTAR. “Companies can’t afford to battle in an increasingly complex cyber security environment alone or in silos. As organizations spend more to defend themselves, adversaries grow more sophisticated and capable.”

The International Information Sharing Conference will host diverse threat intelligence practitioners from small businesses to multinational corporations. The event will feature speakers from the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Chamber of Commerce, IT-ISAC and more.



About Retail and Hospitality Information Sharing and Analysis Center (RH-ISAC)

The RH-ISAC is the trusted cybersecurity community for retailers, consumer products, grocers, hotels, gaming, restaurants, and cybersecurity industry partners worldwide. The RH-ISAC supports its member base, representing over $1 Trillion in annual revenue, by serving as the conduit for collaboration, threat and best practice sharing, and cooperation. Through building and sustaining valuable programs, partnerships, products and opportunities, the RH-ISAC enables its members to grow their trust-based relationships, strategic knowledge and tactical capabilities. For more information on RH-ISAC membership and benefits visit us at our home page

About Columbus Collaboratory

The Columbus Collaboratory is a rapid innovation company founded by leading companies in seven different industries (American Electric Power, Battelle, Cardinal Health, LBrands, Huntington Bancshares, Nationwide Insurance, OhioHealth) that delivers business value to its members through advanced analytics and cybersecurity solutions. Our unique model surfaces shared, complex challenges, and operationalizes cognitive and machine learning technologies for our member companies and the broader market. We make this possible by capitalizing on the collective know-how possessed by our team, collaborating companies, and partners.  As a result, we strengthen Ohio’s IT and analytics workforce and secure the region’s future as a national leader in technology innovation. For more information, please visit and follow @cbuscollab.

About TruSTAR Technology

TruSTAR is the first security intelligence exchange platform built to incentivize information sharing among enterprises. As companies see data relevant to them they can easily submit, sanitize, and share data to discover how cyber incidents relate to other companies. TruSTAR’s vetted network includes elite enterprise cyber security teams from across sectors and around the world. The TruSTAR team is led by a seasoned team of domain specialists in intelligence sharing, cyber security, and product development. The company is led by Co-Founders Paul Kurtz, former White House cybersecurity advisor and private sector security executive; Patrick Coughlin, former security operator turned tech entrepreneur; and Dave Cullinane, former CISO of eBay. TruSTAR’s offices are located in San Francisco, California and McLean, Virginia.

About the ISAO SO
The ISAO Standards Organization is a non-governmental organization established October 1, 2015, led by the Center for Infrastructure Assurance and Security at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) with support from LMI and Retail and Hospitality Information Sharing and Analysis Center. The ISAO SO’s mission is to improve the Nation’s cybersecurity posture by identifying standards and guidelines for robust and effective information sharing and analysis related to cybersecurity risks, incidents and best practices. The ISAO Standards Organization works with existing information sharing organizations, owners and operators of critical infrastructure, relevant agencies, and other public and private sector stakeholders through a consensus-driven standards development process to identify a common set of voluntary standards and guidelines for the creation and functioning of ISAOs.

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