Business Continuity Management / Disaster Recovery , Critical Infrastructure Security , Cybercrime

Christopher Ahlberg on Recorded Future's Work to Aid Ukraine

Recorded Future Co-Founder & CEO on How to Defend Ukraine from Russian Cyberattacks
Christopher Ahlberg, co-founder and CEO, Recorded Future (Image: Recorded Future)

Recorded Future has signed an agreement with Ukraine's Ministry of Digital Transformation to help protect the county's critical infrastructure against Russian physical and cyberattacks.

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The Boston-area threat intelligence vendor can assist with everything from detecting novel strains of malware and critical command-and-control infrastructure run by the Russians to responding to and cleaning up anything bad that's happened, says co-founder and CEO Christopher Ahlberg. Recorded Future's experience working with utility firms and tracking war-related data also help Ukraine, he says (see: Recorded Future Buys Hatching for More Malware Visibility).

"We're not neutral in this conflict, and we at Recorded Future will apply our full resources to battle Russia and help Ukraine," Ahlberg says. "The memorandum of corporation with Ukraine takes this to the next level."

In a video interview with Information Security Media Group, Ahlberg also discusses:

  • Why Recorded Future plans to hire 100 employees in Ukraine by 2025;
  • Why Recorded Future opted to buy SecurityTrails and Hatching in 2022;
  • How Recorded Future reached $250 million in annual recurring revenue.

Prior to founding Recorded Future in 2009, Ahlberg was the president of the Spotfire Division of Tibco, which he founded in 1996 based on his ground-breaking research on information visualization and sold to Tibco in 2007 for $195 million. Ahlberg worked as a visiting researcher at the University of Maryland and has lectured and consulted extensively within the industrial, academic, military and intelligence communities. He has also published and lectured on computer science, cybersecurity, psychology, linguistics, biology and chemistry. Ahlberg has been granted five software patents and has several additional patents pending.

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Michael Novinson

Michael Novinson

Managing Editor, Business, ISMG

Novinson is responsible for covering the vendor and technology landscape. Prior to joining ISMG, he spent four and a half years covering all the major cybersecurity vendors at CRN, with a focus on their programs and offerings for IT service providers. He was recognized for his breaking news coverage of the August 2019 coordinated ransomware attack against local governments in Texas as well as for his continued reporting around the SolarWinds hack in late 2020 and early 2021.

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