Cobwebs Web Intelligence Competes in First ‘ASTORS’ Awards Program

Online criminal investigations on the open, dark and deep webs that may have taken days or weeks or even months to be conducted can now be successfully completed in mere minutes with little more than a few clicks of a mouse thanks to the Cobwebs platform.

Cobwebs Technologies, a new competitor to the Annual ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Program, is pleased to announce the company’s Web Intelligence Platform has been nominated to compete in the 2020 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Program for Best Web Intelligence Solution.

Cobwebs Technologies is a specialized web intelligence company that supports national security agencies, law enforcement agencies, and corporate security departments to rapidly identify and locate malicious threat actors on the open, deep, and dark web, making it highly difficult for terrorists, active shooters, hackers, drug dealers, and other criminal entities to hide, plan, communicate, or ply their nefarious trade in any part of the online world.

(Using Cobwebs’ automated web intelligence platform, analysts can now easily identify new targets and groups, reveal hidden data and complete an entire investigation within minutes. Courtesy of Cobwebs Technologies and YouTube. Posted on Apr 30, 2019.)

The Cobwebs Platform not only identifies threat actors, it also identifies members and supporters of their network as well as the links that connect them.

Additionally, Cobwebs points investigators in the direction of potential evidence, located on all layers of the web, that could be used to prosecute the threat actors.

Online criminal investigations on the open, and dark web that may have taken days, weeks or even months to be conducted, can now be successfully completed in mere minutes with little more than a few clicks of a mouse thanks to the Cobwebs Web Intelligence Platform.

Law enforcement agencies have begun to use web monitoring services in order to identify potential threats such as school shooters and terrorists, using both readily available public data.

“In high-risk situations, rapid access to accurate data is crucial,” explains Johnmichael O’Hare, Business Development and Sales Director of Cobwebs Technologies.

“The challenge for many in the security and risk fields is figuring out how to best navigate through the surface, deep, and dark webs to locate threat actors and discover the data needed to solve a crime.”

“Cobwebs provides investigators with a multifunctional online intelligence and investigative tool that addresses this problem effectively.”

Investigators only need one small lead such as a name, photograph, keyword, hashtag, cryptocurrency wallet, social media account, etc., to start the process.

After they enter the term in the Cobwebs platform, with little more than a click they initiate a rapid, deep search through open-source information located on all layers of the web and all social media platforms and blogs around the world.

Working similarly to an Internet search engine, the platform finds information data that matches the search term requirements, then analyzes and displays it on an intuitive user dashboard.

Johnmichael O’Hare, Business Development and Sales Director of Cobwebs Technologies
Johnmichael O’Hare, Business Development and Sales Director of Cobwebs Technologies

“While the system displays all collected data, it does not determine if the data is valid evidence,” added O’Hare.

“Rather, it points users toward potential evidence and leaves it up to the investigators to determine if the information is relevant to the case they are working on and if it is, in fact, usable evidence.”

“Cobwebs also gives investigators the ability to identify who the threat actors are and how they are connected to other people in their group.”

“They can obtain a deeper understanding of people who may be associated with the threat actor but not necessarily an active member of their group.”

“They can identify new threats, proactively prevent incidents, and/or rule out irrelevant information.”

With Cobwebs, law enforcement agencies of all sizes have the same online investigative capabilities as large federal agencies.

Cobwebs’ extensive experience and collaboration with national security agencies generate vital intelligence, helping enforce national security while maintaining visibility of external threats.

Designed by intelligence experts with operational experience in the field, Cobwebs is a machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI) powered web intelligence and investigation platform with strong Natural Language Processing capabilities, recognized by Frost & Sullivan in their 2019 Global Technology Innovation Award.

Cobwebs has the capabilities to extract targeted intelligence from Big Data and automatically generates intelligent insights.

HOW IT WORKS

Cobwebs works like an Internet search engine.

Investigators input search terms relevant to the case they are working.

Investigators input search terms relevant to the case they are working, ranging from names, keywords, hashtags, locations, websites, social media accounts, photographs, batches of numbers including telephone numbers, and cryptocurrency wallets.

Cobwebs then conducts a global search of the surface, deep web and dark web, as well as blogs and social media platforms.

Data that matches the search term requirements is analyzed and displayed on an intuitive user dashboard.

As soon as data is located that matches the search term requirements, it is analyzed and displayed on an intuitive user dashboard.

This gives investigators the ability to identify threat actors and new threats, prevent incidents, confirm and validate evidence needed for both subpoenas and prosecution purposes, or rule out irrelevant information.

Its fully automated capabilities enable the user to perform active intelligence operations with minimal effort.

Cobwebs also helps investigators identify and reconstruct profiles that link suspicious individuals how they connect and come together as a group.

The Cobwebs platform also can help investigators identify and reconstruct profiles that link suspicious individuals to their contacts, and it reveals how they connect and come together as a group.

People outside of a group can also be identified so that investigators can determine if they should be conducting additional investigations.

(Hear from Johnmichael O’Hare from Cobwebs NY office and Security Guy TV as they discuss OSINT, AI, web intelligence and how it helps police national security and homeland security agents locate threat actors and potential evidence online. Courtesy of The Security Guy, Cobwebs Technology and YouTube. Posted on Feb 23, 2020.)

Cobwebs Technologies Competes in 2020 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Program

2019 'ASTORS' Awards Program Banquet Luncheon
2019 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Program Banquet Luncheon

The Annual ‘ASTORS’ Awards Program is specifically designed to honor distinguished government and vendor solutions that deliver enhanced value, benefit and intelligence to end users in a variety of government, homeland security and public safety vertical markets.

The Annual ‘ASTORS’ Awards is the preeminent U.S. Homeland Security Awards Program highlighting the most cutting-edge and forward-thinking security solutions coming onto the market today, to ensure our readers have the information they need to stay ahead of the competition, and keep our Nation safe – one facility, street, and city at a time.

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Nominations are now being accepted for the 2020 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards at https://americansecuritytoday.com/ast-awards/.

Comprehensive List of Categories Include:

Access Control/ Identification Personal/Protective Equipment Law Enforcement Counter Terrorism
Perimeter Barrier/ Deterrent System Interagency Interdiction Operation Cloud Computing/Storage Solution
Facial/IRIS Recognition Body Worn Video Product Cyber Security
Video Surveillance/VMS Mobile Technology Anti-Malware
Audio Analytics Disaster Preparedness ID Management
Thermal/Infrared Camera Mass Notification System Fire & Safety
Metal/Weapon Detection Rescue Operations Critical Infrastructure
License Plate Recognition Detection Products And Many Others!

Don’t see a Direct Hit for your Product, Agency or Organization?

Submit your category recommendation for consideration to Michael Madsen, AST Publisher at: mmadsen@americansecuritytoday.com.

The 2019 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Program surpassed expectations with a record number of nominations received from industry leaders and government agencies, and drew over 200 attendees to the ‘ASTORS’ Awards Presentation Banquet – an exclusive gourmet luncheon and networking opportunity which filled to capacity, before having to turn away late registrants.

The 2019 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Luncheon featured an impassioned and compelling keynote address by William (Bill) Bratton, former police commissioner of the NYPD twice, the BPD, and former chief of the LAPD, on the history of policing in America and the evolution of critical communication capabilities in our post 9/11 landscape.

The event featured an impassioned and compelling keynote address by William J. Bratton, former police commissioner of the New York Police Department (NYPD) twice, the Boston Police Department (BPD), and former chief of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), as he walked attendees through 50 years of American policing history, the impacts on the communities, and the evolution of critical communication capabilities in our post 9/11 landscape.

Commissioner Bratton, one of the world’s most respected and trusted experts on risk and security issues and Executive Chairman of Teneo Risk a global advisory firm, was recognized as the ‘2019 ‘ASTORS’ Person of the Year’ for his Lifetime of Dedication and Extraordinary Leadership in Homeland Security and Public Safety.

Why the ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Program?

2019 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Luncheon at ISC East

American Security Today’s comprehensive Annual Homeland Security Awards Program is organized to recognize the most distinguished vendors of physical, IT, port security, law enforcement, and first responders, in acknowledgment of their outstanding efforts to ‘Keep our Nation Secure, One City at a Time.’

Over 200 distinguished guests representing Federal, State and Local Governments, and Industry Leading Corporate Firms, gathered from across North America, Europe and the Middle East to be honored among their peers in their respective fields which included: 

  • The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)
  • National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC)
  • United States Marine Corps
  • The Federal Protective Service (FPS)
  • Argonne National Laboratory (ANL)
  • United States Postal Inspection Service
  • DHS S&T 
  • United States Marshals Service (USMS)
  • The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey Police (PAPD)
  • The Department of Justice (DOJ)
  • The New York State Division of Homeland Security & Emergency Services (NYS DHSES)
  • United States Border Patrol
  • AlertMedia, Ameristar Perimeter Security, Attivo Networks, Automatic Systems, Bellevue University, BriefCam, Canon U.S.A., CornellCookson, Drone Aviation, FLIR Systems, Hanwha Techwin, HID Global, IPVideo Corp., Konica Minolta Business Solutions, LenelS2, ManTech, Regroup Mass Notifications, SafeLogic, SolarWinds, Senstar, ShotSpotter, Smiths Detection, TCOM LP, Trackforce, Verint, and More!

Why American Security Today?

The traditional security marketplace has long been covered by a host of publications putting forward the old school basics to what is Today – a fast changing security landscape.

The traditional security marketplace has long been covered by a host of publications putting forward the old school basics to what is Today – a fast changing security landscape.

American Security Today is uniquely focused on the broader Homeland Security & Public Safety marketplace with over 75,000 readers at the Federal, State and local levels of government as well as firms allied to government.

American Security Today brings forward a fresh compelling look and read with our customized digital publications that hold readers eyes throughout the story with cutting edge editorial that provides solutions to their challenges.

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AST puts forward the Largest and Most Qualified Circulation in Government with Over 75,000 readers on the Federal, State and Local levels.
AST puts forward the Largest and Most Qualified Circulation in Government with Over 75,000 readers on the Federal, State and Local levels.

The AST Digital Publications is distributed to over 75,000 qualified government and homeland security professionals in federal, state and local levels.

‘PROTECTING OUR NATION, ONE CITY AT A TIME’

AST Reaches both Private & Public Experts, essential to meeting these new challenges.

Today’s new generation of public safety and security experts need real-time knowledge to deal with domestic and international terrorism, lone wolf attacks, unprecedented urban violence, shifts in society, culture and media bias – making it increasingly difficult for Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, First Responders, Military and Private Security Professionals to implement coordinated security measures to ensure national security and improve public safety.

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These experts are from Government at the federal, state and local level as well as from private firms allied to government.

AST provides a full plate of topics in our AST Monthly Magazine Editions, AST Website and AST Daily News Alerts, covering 23 Vital Sectors such as Access Control, Perimeter Protection, Video Surveillance/Analytics, Airport Security, Border Security, CBRNE Detection, Border Security, Ports, Cybersecurity, Networking Security, Encryption, Law Enforcement, First Responders, Campus Security, Security Services, Corporate Facilities, and Emergency Response among others.

AST has Expanded readership into integral Critical Infrastructure audiences such as Protection of Nuclear Facilities, Water Plants & Dams, Bridges & Tunnels, and other potential targets of terrorism.

Other areas of concern include Transportation Hubs, Public Assemblies, Government Facilities, Sporting & Concert Stadiums, our Nation’s Schools & Universities, and Commercial Business Destinations – all enticing targets due to the large number of persons and resources clustered together.

To learn more about the 2019 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Award Winners solutions, please go to the 2019 ‘ASTORS’ Championship Edition Fully Interactive Magazine – the Best Products of 2019 ‘A Year in Review’.

The ‘ASTORS’ Champion Edition is published annually and includes a review of the ‘ASTORS’ Award Winning products and programs, highlighting key details on many of the winning firms products and services, includes video interviews and more.

It is your Go-To source throughout the year for ‘The Best of 2019 Products and Services‘ endorsed by American Security Today, and can satisfy your agency’s and organization’s most pressing Homeland Security and Public Safety needs.

From Physical Security (Access Control, Critical Infrastructure, Perimeter Protection and Video Surveillance Cameras and Video Management Systems), to IT Security (Cybersecurity, Encryption, Data Storage, Anti-Malware and Networking Security – Just to name a few), the 2019 ‘ASTORS’ CHAMPIONS EDITION will have what you need to Detect, Delay, Respond to, and Mitgate today’s real-time threats in our constantly evolving security landscape.

It also includes featured guest editorial pieces from some of the security industry’s most respected leaders, and recognized firms in the 2019 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Program.

Cobwebs Technologies is a worldwide leader in web intelligence, offering innovative solutions tailored to operational needs of national security agencies, law enforcement and the private sector, identifying threats with just one click.

Designed by intelligence and security experts, Cobwebs solutions include vital tools for the collection and analysis of data from all web layers such as social media, open, deep and dark web.

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The company’s exclusive technology extracts targeted intelligence from big data using the latest machine learning algorithms, automatically generating intelligent insights.

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2020 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Program Open for Entries