Sunday, August 03, 2014

AhnLab Faces Uphill Battle in US – An Addendum

This is an addendum the February blog - “AhnLab Faces Uphill Battle in US against FireEye with AhnLab Malware Defense System (MDS)”
If AhnLab is going to make a go of it with their Advanced Persistent Threat product, Malware Defense System (MDS), they must be doing it in incredible stealth mode.  And they must be trying to do it from Korea, where AhnLab is headquartered. 

  • Their top US technology person left for a start-up early this year
  • There have been no press releases added to the US web site since November 2013
  • The company did appear at the Gartner Risk Security & Management Summit in June following up their appearance at RSA SF.  At RSA, they re_announced AhnLab MDS
  • AhnLab had posted that they were going to appear at Black Hat Las Vegasin August.  This was removed from their web site.
  • Both AhnLab and FireEye complained about an update NSS Labs issued to their 2013 Breach Detection study.  In the original, AhnLab and FireEye finished second and third respectively.   In the original update, they finished fifth and sixth respectively.  In the post complaints update, AhnLab MDS ranked sixth and FireEye fifth.  Both were far below the other four companies, SourceFire, Trend Micro, Fortinet, and Fidelis.  The updated value map is available at
  • If you try to reach AhnLab at their 800 number, 800.511.Ahnlab (2465), you will receive a “you’ve reached a number that has been disconnected or is no longer in service” message.

Perhaps AhnLab is still trying to break into the US licensing Malware Defense System.  If so, they are being incredibly quiet   about it.

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