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Collective Intelligence Podcast, Chad Seaman of Akamai on Researcher Collaboration

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LAS VEGAS—Researchers, even those from competing security and tech companies, sometimes come to the same table to share threat intelligence about a major incident. Last year, the discovery of the WireX botnet surfaced a number of questions to researchers at Akamai who  discovered the malicious DDoS traffic affecting victims in a handful of industries. WireX, as it turned out, was a massive botnet of mobile Android devices and it took a collaborative effort between Akamai, Cloudflare, Flashpoint, Google, Oracle, and RiskIQ to put out that fire.

In this episode of the Collective Intelligence podcast recorded at Black Hat, Chad Seaman, senior engineer on the security intelligence response team at Akamai, explains the importance of this kind of work for the greater good and how it happens, even among companies that compete for the same customers.

Seaman is passionate about botnet and DDoS research and in this podcast, he explains how these collaborative efforts start with making personal connections with peers at events such as Black Hat. Those trusted relationships then extend into situations such as what arose with WireX nearly a year ago.

Seaman also explains some of the ground rules all the parties establish when collaborating and sharing threat-related data, as well as some of the challenges involved.

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The Collective Intelligence Podcast, presented by Flashpoint and hosted by Editorial Director Mike Mimoso, features regular interviews with a diverse set of industry experts and Flashpoint analysts on the latest information security news and industry trends.

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About the author: Mike Mimoso

Michael Mimoso brings over a decade of experience in IT security news reporting to Flashpoint. As Editorial Director, he collaborates with marketing, analyst, and leadership teams to share the company’s story. Prior to Flashpoint, Mike was as an Editor of Threatpost, where he covered security issues and cybercrime affecting businesses and end-users.

Prior to joining Threatpost, Mike was Editorial Director of the Security Media Group at TechTarget and Editor of Information Security magazine where he won several ASBPE national and regional writing awards. In addition, Information Security was a two-time finalist for national magazine of the year. He has been writing for business-to-business IT publications for 11 years, with a primary focus on information security.

Earlier in his career, Mike was an editor and reporter at several Boston-area newspapers. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Stonehill College in North Easton, Massachusetts.