Respond Software and Norwich University Defend NCAA Football Championship

Tim Wenzlau
by Tim Wenzlau

Cybersecurity students and Respond Software’s A.I.-based Respond Analyst™ clear the field of malicious cyber activity during the game

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.—January 9, 2019— On Monday, January 7, 2019, the Clemson Tigers and Alabama Crimson Tide faced off for one of the largest sporting events in the country, the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s (NCAA) fifth National Championship game of the College Football Playoffs. As with any large-scale public event, the game also made the stadium, its sponsors and the nearly 75,000 attendees potential targets for malicious cyber activity. In a first-of-its-kind partnership at a major stadium event, cybersecurity students from Norwich University’s Applied Research Institute (NUARI) and the stadium security professionals teamed with Respond Software’s A.I.-based decision automation software, the Respond Analyst, to defend during the big game.

The cybersecurity team monitored, analyzed and resolved over 243,000 monitored events and threats during game day.

While the players compiled impressive game stats on the field, the Norwich students, who huddled in the stadium’s state-of-the-art Security Situation Center, produced notable stats themselves:

  • Respond Analyst processed over 243,000 monitored events, decided 200,097 required deeper investigation, diagnosed 431 as malicious and prioritized 13 as needing immediate attention, escalating those to the Norwich University counterparts.
  • Norwich University students further investigated advanced threats and mitigated over 13 that targeted the stadium to deliver an uninterrupted, unforgettable game day experience.
  • Every large sporting event should be monitored and analyzed for security but there are never enough people to cover it all. The Respond Analyst did the equivalent work of over 125 human analysts during the live event. Human analysts would have the bandwidth to analyze 14,000 events in the same time period, or 6 percent of the total that was covered by the Respond Analyst.

“Protecting an event of this scale is no easy feat and near impossible with people alone,” said Mike Armistead, CEO, Respond Software. “Norwich’s trained cybersecurity students expertly leveraged Respond’s technology to ensure the event was safeguarded against security breaches.”

“Our trained cybersecurity students were invigorated by the game day energy and worked around the clock to ensure every staffer, fan and player was protected against cyberthreats throughout the College Playoffs, all with the support of Respond’s cutting-edge software,” said Phil Susmann, VP of Strategic Partnerships, Norwich University. “This is one of many initiatives we look to support alongside Respond as part of our new partnership that will develop our students’ cybersecurity competencies with hands-on experience.”

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About Respond Software

Respond Software delivers near-instant return on investment to organizations in their battle against cyber-crime. As a leader in the emerging class of automated software known as Robotic Decision Automation (RDA), Respond Software is working to address the critical shortage of skilled security analysts impacting security teams of all sizes. Its patented intelligent decision engine, PGO®, uniquely combines human expert judgement with the scale and consistency of software to dramatically increase capacity and improve monitoring and triage capabilities at a fraction of the cost of in-house or outsourced personnel. Respond Software was founded in 2016 by security and software industry veterans and services customers across critical infrastructure sectors such as banking, energy, and retail.


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About Norwich University’s Cyber Conflict Research Institute

Ranked #2 by the Ponemon Institute for cybersecurity in the U.S., Norwich programs are consistently ranked among the best in the nation for cybersecurity education. Norwich is recognized as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and has received designation as a Center of Digital Forensics Academic Excellence (CDFAE) by the Defense Cyber Crime Center (DC3). Beginning in 2002, Norwich became a member of what is now called National Science Foundation’s Cyber Corps: Scholarship for Service program. Norwich is partnered with the United States Army Reserves (USAR) to develop cyber-education curricula that align with federal standards and cybersecurity needs. Most recently Norwich’s online graduate program was named one of the top ten best cybersecurity graduate programs in the country by Norwich is also home to [email protected], a National Security Agency and National Science Foundation-funded cybersecurity camp for high school students.

About Norwich

Norwich is a diversified academic institution that educates traditional-age students and adults in a Corps of Cadets and as civilians. Norwich offers a broad selection of traditional and distance-learning programs culminating in Baccalaureate and Graduate Degrees. Norwich was founded in 1819 by Captain Alden Partridge of the U.S. Army and is the oldest private military college in the United States of America. Norwich is one of our nation’s six senior military colleges and the birthplace of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC).

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About Respond Software

Respond Software redefines Security Operations by enabling expert analyst capability and capacity at dramatically lower cost. The Respond Analyst, driven by its patent-pending Probabilistic Graphical Optimization (PGO)™ technology, emulates the decision-making of an expert security analyst, effectively becoming a SOC team member that specializes in high-volume, low signal use cases while it learns, adapts and maintains an organization’s tribal knowledge 24x7x365. Respond Software was founded in 2016 and is based in Silicon Valley. Its security and enterprise software veteran team, world-class investors, and customer base are building technology for the SOC of the future.

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