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Trail of Bits Spinout iVerify Tackles Mercenary Spyware Threat

iVerify, a seed-stage startup spun out of Trail of Bits, ships a mobile threat hunting platform to neutralize iOS and Android zero-days.

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iVerify, a seed-stage startup spun out of security research outfit Trail of Bits, on Wednesday rolled out a mobile threat hunting platform to help businesses neutralize the threat from iOS and Android zero-days.

The company raised a $4 million round of funding led by Mischief Ventures and is now positioning itself as the first mobile threat hunting play specifically focused on tackling sophisticated surveillance spyware made by mercenary hacking groups. 

In an interview with SecurityWeek, iVerify chief executive Danny Rogers said the mobile Threat Hunter product will combine deep access to mobile devices with automated detection and expert analysis to scale mobile forensics projects.

iVerify, which was incubated at New York-based Trail of Bits as a consumer mobile app helping users spot misconfigurations and missing patches, expanded into the enterprise market with tooling to help defenders detect malware threats or know when employees aren’t following security best practices like enabling biometric locks or updating mobile operating systems.

In addition to pinpointing non-compliant devices in a mobile fleet, Rogers said the threat hunter product will provide alerts on suspicious artifacts and anomalous behaviors known to be associated with with advanced mercenary spyware attacks.

In addition to businesses facing mobile malware threats, iVerify is hawking its product to what Rogers described as “high-value targets” like VIP users traveling to sensitive areas, an executive at a private equity firm traveling to China or a journalist doing an anti-corruption investigation in Europe.

Rogers, who used the iVerify at a non-profit before joining the company, said he was initially impressed with the ease of deployment and the fact that a user can get answers on non-compliant users “within about five minutes.”

The product can be rolled out via email-based downloads or through SCIM, MDM, and SSO integrations.

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iVerify is promising tooling for deep, always-on mobile forensic investigations that can scale across a large or geographically dispersed organization; rapid data collection from a mobile fleet;, on-device heuristics that flag suspicious activity for further analysis; and support from its team of security engineers and researchers to remediate detected threats.

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Ryan Naraine is Editor-at-Large at SecurityWeek and host of the popular Security Conversations podcast series. He is a security community engagement expert who has built programs at major global brands, including Intel Corp., Bishop Fox and GReAT. Ryan is a founding-director of the Security Tinkerers non-profit, an advisor to early-stage entrepreneurs, and a regular speaker at security conferences around the world.


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