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London, UK: RiskIQ has announced the expansion of its management team with two new executive appointments to accelerate growth through its award-winning platform and RiskIQ Community Edition products that help customers address digital threat management challenges.

The new executives arrive at RiskIQ at a pivotal time, as the company looks to seize sales and partnership opportunities created by RiskIQ Community Edition, which offers free versions of its products for cyber threat hunters and defenders. The company is pleased to announce the appointment of Jason Harrison to vice president of North American sales. Harrison brings over 20 years of experience as a sales executive to bear as he expands the sales team and builds on momentum generated by significant, cross-industry customer growth. Most recently, Harrison served as the VP of sales at FusionX where he helped set the company up for acquisition by Accenture through market expansion.

Eric Newman will join the RiskIQ team as vice president of business development, tapping 18 years of experience in sales, market development, and operations to identify and develop new market opportunities for RiskIQ’s leading digital threat management platform. Newman brings deep expertise in driving high growth and most recently served as the vice president of sales and business development for new markets at Pindrop.

“RiskIQ is off to an incredible start this year,” said Lou Manousos, CEO at RiskIQ. “With the addition of Jason and Eric to the team, and the launch and wide adoption of RiskIQ Community, we’re well-positioned for accelerated growth while offering our customers even better visibility, control, and automation over threats outside the firewall.”

RiskIQ’s Digital Threat Management platform combines extensive Internet data reconnaissance, predictive analytics via machine learning, and mitigation workflows that are fully accessible to information security vendors and service providers. Partners can leverage the platform’s intelligence and rich API-set, already used by enterprise customers, to further enhance endpoint security, threat response and risk assessment products.

“RiskIQ’s platform-based approach to digital threat management provides a tremendous opportunity to bring our intelligence and response capabilities from outside the firewall to bear against wide-ranging security issues our partners are addressing within the firewall,” Newman said.

With organisations struggling to effectively deal with cyber adversaries who use Internet infrastructure to launch attacks across web, social and mobile digital channels, the launch of RiskIQ Community Edition helps information security professionals fight back by offering the company’s RiskIQ PassiveTotal® and RiskIQ™ Digital Footprint products to cyber threat hunters and defenders at no cost. So far, the platform has over 18,000 users who can now more efficiently investigate external threats, exploits and attackers, and better understand and protect their digital attack surface.

New features in RiskIQ Community Edition cover collaboration, automated digital footprint generation, guided tours, and shared research projects. For example, a public project ran by a popular e-commerce site used the platform to track indicators of compromise (IoCs) related to Russian malicious cyber activity known as Grizzly Steppe. Public Projects enhance investigation sharing and workflow for analysts amongst their teams and peers, allowing them to designate and group IOCs, threat artefacts, and infrastructure elements such as domains, IPs, website trackers, WHOIS registrant and other external threat details.

Alongside the success of RiskIQ Community Edition, RiskIQ has recently achieved widespread recognition among its industry peers and media for its innovative products and service. During RSA, RiskIQ won the 2017 Cybersecurity Excellence Award for Best Cybersecurity Startup and The Best Product for Digital Footprint Security Solutions by Cyber Defense Magazine. The company had also been distinguished by Forrester Research, which gave RiskIQ top ranking for current offerings and data coverage in The Forrester Wave™ Digital Risk Monitoring, Q3 2016 report.