Cyber Security

Horizon3.ai Celebrates Growth and Innovations in First Half of 2024

Expansion of NodeZero™ Platform, Strategic Executive Appointments, and Prestigious Industry Recognitions Mark a Successful First Half of the Year

Horizon3.ai, a leading provider of autonomous security solutions, marked the close of the first six months of 2024 with a celebration of the Company’s growth across all dimensions.

The Company’s award-winning NodeZero™ autonomous penetration testing platform empowers organizations to identify exploitable vulnerabilities across their internal, external, and cloud environments. It offers detailed guidance on prioritizing and addressing discovered security issues, and enables users to instantly verify the effectiveness of their fixes.

In the first half of 2024, the NodeZero platform has been enhanced with new features, services, and extensions, including:

Phishing Impact Testing: Provides an accurate assessment of the real-world consequences of compromised credentials within an organization. Business leaders often underestimate the threat posed by employees clicking on malicious links, which undermines security and burdens IT and security teams. The Phishing Impact test precisely identifies the “blast radius” of compromised credentials, demonstrating the potential consequences when attackers gain access to them.

Pentesting Services for Compliance: Meets both internal and external cyber risk assessment and pentesting requirements, aligning with government regulations, industry standards, new security frameworks, and security best practices. This service combines the expertise of Horizon3.ai’s Offensive Security Certified Professional (OSCP) pentesters with the power of NodeZero’s autonomous pentesting. The result is a streamlined, efficient approach to achieving and maintaining compliance.

Rapid Response Service for Cyber Resilience: Gives NodeZero users a strategic advantage with early, actionable intelligence to counteract emerging exploits targeting newly discovered and not yet widely addressed software vulnerabilities. The ability to swiftly identify and remediate emerging threats that pose a real risk to an organization is key to their cyber resilience. NodeZero users receive tailored intelligence on emerging vulnerabilities and can launch targeted tests to measure their exploitability.

Executive Team Expansion: Several executive-level appointments were made to support Horizon3.ai’s rapid growth as a leader in autonomous cybersecurity solutions. These include:

  • Matt Hartley as Chief Revenue Officer (CRO) – With over 20 years of sales and operations excellence, Matt has consistently built go-to-market (GTM) teams that achieve rapid scale and predictability across the revenue lifecycle. He is a growth-minded leader passionate about helping customers leverage technology to generate demonstrable business value.
  • Jill Passalacqua as Chief Legal Officer (CLO) – Jill’s legal expertise will be crucial in advising the company on key plans, guidelines, and compliance requirements. Known for her strategic legal approach to protecting and promoting companies’ interests, operations, and expansion, Jill’s appointment further bolsters Horizon3.ai’s status as a trustworthy and compliant cybersecurity provider.
  • Erick Dean as Vice President of Product Management – With over 20 years of product development experience, Erick has consistently developed effective product strategies and fostered growth in both startups and large organizations. Dean will specialize in assembling and guiding a high-performance team across product management and UX design to further accelerate the capabilities of NodeZero.
  • Drew Mullen as Vice President of Revenue Operations – With a proven track record in driving revenue growth, optimizing resource allocation, and enhancing sales performance, Drew effectively supports go-to-market strategies and operations throughout the entire customer lifecycle, from demand generation through customer acquisition and ongoing engagement.
  • Torie Runzel as Vice President of People – Torie brings extensive experience in developing strong and successful teams through structures, culture, and programs that attract, retain, and develop top talent. She focuses on recruitment, team alignment, professional and organizational development, performance management, and total rewards.

Awards and Recognitions: Horizon3.ai received several prestigious industry recognitions and honors during the first half of 2024, including:

  • Inclusion in the CRN®2024 Partner Program Guide
  • Govies Award from Security Today Magazine for Autonomous Penetration Testing
  • 2024 Cybersecurity Excellence Awards for Autonomous Penetration Testing
  • Cloud Security Awards for Best Vulnerability Assessment Solution
  • ChannelVision’s Visionary Spotlight Award for Top Innovation
  • ChannelVision’s Visionary Spotlight Award for Cybersecurity
  • AI Global Excellence Award for Best Computer & Network Security Firm 2024
  • Rising in Cyber Award for Top 30 Mid Stage Startups in Cybersecurity
  • Intellyx Digital Innovator Award

Industry Research Contributions: Horizon3.ai’s expert threat researchers conduct deep-level vulnerability research, develop proofs of concept exploits, and provide indicators of compromise that enable organizations to vastly improve their cybersecurity initiatives. The following research was published in the first half of 2024.

Exploiting File Read Vulnerabilities in Gradio to Steal Secrets from Hugging Face Spaces – June 14, 2024
CVE-2024-29824 Deep Dive: Ivanti EPM SQL Injection Remote Code Execution – June 12, 2024
CVE-2023-48788: Revisiting Fortinet FortiClient EMS to Exploit 7.2.X – June 4, 2024
CVE-2024-23108: Fortinet FortiSIEM 2nd Order Command Injection Deep-Dive – May 28, 2024
CVE-2023-34992: Fortinet FortiSIEM Command Injection Deep-Dive – May 20, 2024
CVE-2023-48788: Fortinet FortiClient EMS SQL Injection Deep Dive – March 21, 2024
Fortinet FortiWLM Deep-Dive, IOCs, and the Almost Story of the “Forti Forty” – March 14, 2024
NextChat: An AI Chatbot That Lets You Talk to Anyone You Want To – March 11, 2024
CVE-2024-1403: Progress OpenEdge Authentication Bypass Deep-Dive – March 6, 2024
ConnectWise ScreenConnect: Authentication Bypass Deep Dive – February 21, 2024
Rust Won’t Save Us: An Analysis of 2023’s Known Exploited Vulnerabilities – February 6, 2024
CVE-2024-23897: Assessing the Impact of the Jenkins Arbitrary File Leak Vulnerability – January 29, 2024
CVE-2024-0204: Fortra GoAnywhere MFT Authentication Bypass Deep-Dive – January 23, 2024
Analysis of CVE-2023-43208: NextGen Mirth Connect Pre-Auth RCE – January 12, 2024
Analysis of CVE-2023-39143: PaperCut WebDAV Vulnerability – January 12, 2024

“We’ve had a stellar first half of 2024, adding three new capabilities to our solution portfolio, expanding our senior leadership team with some of the industry’s best talent, competing for and winning numerous awards, and delivering unprecedented industry research to the cyber community,” said Snehal Antani, CEO and Co-Founder at Horizon3.ai. “We are thrilled with the market reception a

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