Spreading the word

After joining StartupChile Seed Program in early July, these have been months of hard work to achieve the launch of alertot in November. Apart of development, we’re participating in several conferences to spread the word about alertot and our open-source project detectem.

Sebastián (CTO) and I have been researching a lot of approaches to improve detectem features and performance since it’s part of our technological core at alertot. Our next post will be about the changes in detectem since the beginning and how it has evolved the last 10 months.

Here we let you know about our participation in conferences worldwide.

Ekoparty (September 27th-29th)

This week Guillermo (CFO) and I are attending ekoparty, the biggest security conference in South America. We’ve been accepted to present detectem at ekolabs on Friday 14:00-16:30 hrs, the invitation is open to come to our stand and learn more about detectem, its advantages and how to contribute or develop your own plugins.

France (October 5th)

Next year I’m moving to France and October first week I go to Paris to meet up with incubators and startups to get support in our soft-landing there. Also I’ll give a technical talk about detectem at SecParis Meetup to show the project, features and motivate people to contribute.

8dot8 Chile (October 26th-27th)

I’ve been accepted in the most important security conference in Chile to give a talk about detectem and how it could be useful in your security tool arsenal. Guillermo is also attending then you can meet up with us to learn more about detectem and alertot. Likely we’re participating in other 8dot8 conference too but it’s unconfirmed.

Starsconf (November 3rd-4th)

The former StartechCconf has changed its name to StarsConf and I’m going to present detectem, from a point of view of development, to the attendees. It will be a talk to discuss some technical decisions we’ve made with Sebastián and how the project plans to continue. Guillermo is also attending so if you want to talk to us, let us know!

alertot and wCry

alertot is a real-time service that notifies security vulnerabilities affecting the software used on your website. However, every company uses a lot of software to support their daily operations, including operating systems, back-end libraries and network services.

The day that ShadowBrokers leaked the files containing the exploits used by NSA, I followed the discussion over Twitter and knew it was going to be very critical. Weeks after, wCry turned up on the scene but it was too late for the companies to take remediation measures.

 

How can alertot be useful for this kind of scenario?

Introducing petitions

Basically, alertot receives an URL and detects the software present there. However, if you want to get notified about software not present in the URL, you can create a petition, that is a request for special software. We take a petition, create support for the new software and inform you when it’s ready. Then, you’ll get notifications every time a new vulnerability affecting the software has been published.

Related to wCry, a petition to track vulnerabilities in Windows would have been enough to let our clients know about the critical situation just after ShadowBrokers’ leak. Our early notification service analyzes the security events in social networks to be one step ahead and be able to notify as soon as possible, as in this case.

alertot isn’t available yet, but you can sign-up on alertot.com to receive an invitation when we release it.