September 12, 2021


Anyone have any insight on the relatively new Cybersecurity company IronNet? The CEO, [Keith Alexander](, has an extensive resume working in the NSA, DOD and Army Intelligence.

Anyone think they have a chance to compete with say, Fortinet, Sophos, Symantec, Kaspersky, Crowdstrike, Zscaler, and other majors??

“Founded in 2014 by GEN (Ret.) Keith Alexander, IronNet Cybersecurity is a global cybersecurity leader that is transforming how organizations secure their networks by delivering the first-ever Collective Defense platform operating at scale. Employing a high number of former NSA cybersecurity operators with offensive and defensive cyber experience, IronNet integrates deep tradecraft knowledge into its industry-leading products to solve the most challenging cyber problems facing the world today.”



As always, build a test suite which is a useful representation of your environment, and test competing products against that test suite. Names and prior employment locations tell you little – if anything – about the product’s effectiveness.

Also, “Collective Defense” smells like “we publish IOCs we find on one customer to all our customers” or “we integrate threat intelligence feeds in real time” – neither of which is new or innovative.

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