Cybersecurity / Startups

Columbia-based QuoLab Technologies launches platform to sync up security data

The company is a spinout of Germany-based QuoScient GmbH.

Cybersecurity, in a nutshell. (Photo by Flicker user Yuri Samoilov)

Cybersecurity can seem like one pursuit, but in reality the work to protect systems from getting compromised involves numerous sources of data from inside and outside an organization. Plus, there are multiple professionals — like analysts — involved in the effort that have different responsibilities and areas they’re watching.

The different sources mean there’s a lot of info and expertise available, but it can also leave the teams overwhelmed as they sort through data, and leave a fragmented approach as each team has an individual focus.

With a new platform, a Columbia-based company offers a place to perform analytics and share information on the results. In the end, the goal is to provide info that folks can use to take action in responding to a threat, and synchronize how defenses are mounted.

QuoLab Technologies, which launched recently, has tools allowing teams to bring together different data sources and analyze what’s coming from them. It also offers a “unified workspace” where teams can collaborate, said Daniel Young, a partner at the company and its COO, and is designed so that managers can access to dashboards to get information about security operations.

The goal is to facilitate collaboration on both the tech and human level, but in the end, said Young, the company is “data-centric” in its focus.

Young brought a background of more than a dozen years in the U.S. government, while CTO and partner Fabien Dombard worked at a large financial institution.

They both joined QuoScient GmbH, a Frankfurt, Germany-based services company focused on security operations. They found a shared commitment to “break down the silos” that exist between security teams, and in 2017 became two of the key people who worked on building the product.

QuoScient recently spun out the product as its own company, becoming the latest example of both international influence in the local cybersecurity market and an example of how a services firm can birth a product company. Now it’s based out of Howard County’s Maryland Innovation Center in Columbia Gateway. Young and Dombard are leading a team that totals 14 people, with many of the team members still based in Europe.

Young said the product is live and being delivered to clients as the team works to seek more. The team is fresh off a trip to the RSA Conference in San Francisco, where it made its debut.

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