Threat Intelligence Analyst
Kent Backman is a threat intelligence analyst with FirstWatch, the threat intelligence group behind RSA’s threat-intelligence-driven NetWitness suite of products. FirstWatch typically tracks things with no name. Within the small FirstWatch group, Kent’s threat specialty is espionage-focused cyber actors, commonly known as Advanced Persistent Threats. In his profession, Mr. Backman has studied and profiled espionage-focused actors and their tactics for more than a decade. Notable espionage threat intelligence research from Mr. Backman includes the report on the criminal VPN service used by espionage-focused actors, dubbed Terracotta VPN, and the report on the GlassRAT Trojan espionage-ware that went under the radar of antivirus for years.