Digital Shadows Launches Photon Research Team – Dedicated to Researching Trends in the Threats Organizations Face from Cyber Criminals and Unwanted Data Exposure

Photon Research Team comprised of industry experts with diverse skill
sets to provide data-driven actionable, evidence-based guidance for
Digital Shadows clients and security practitioners across the industry

SAN FRANCISCO & LONDON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Digital Shadows, the leader in Digital Risk Protection, has today
announced the formation of a specialist team dedicated to researching
the trends in digital risks that organizations are facing. Headed by
CISO, Rick Holland, the Photon Research Team is an international unit
comprised of experts in 20 languages monitoring risks, including cyber
criminal activity 24×7 in order to protect Digital Shadows’ clients and
the wider business community.

Photon Research Team will engage in primary research and be data-driven.
Since its foundation in 2011, Digital Shadows has amassed a wealth of
information on cybercriminal threat actors and the tactics, techniques
and procedures they use to exploit organizations. It has also helped
organizations with thousands of incidents of unwanted data loss. This
data will be used to compile trends-based analysis and reports that will
help the wider cyber security community tackle the complex challenges it

Rick Holland, CISO at Digital Shadows explains: “We have decided to
bolster our existing analyst capability with a dedicated team that is
100% focused on researching trends in digital risk. In physics, a photon
is a bundle of electromagnetic energy. It is the basic unit that makes
up all light. In establishing the group under the Photon name, we are
seeking to illuminate mostly unseen areas of digital risk for our
clients and organizations across the globe. This includes the platforms
where cyber criminals collaborate, communicate and seek to exchange
stolen information. This will enhance the protection for our clients and
give industry insight that will make organizations safer.”

Holland continues: “The Photon Research Team brings together the ‘best
of the best’ in terms of complementary skill sets – from ex-military
intelligence to data scientists, to ‘white hat’ security practitioners.
Our experts understand the nuances of the environments where cyber
criminals operate and are able to monitor, and if necessary, engage
directly with them in their native language to understand their tactics,
techniques and procedures. This helps keeps our clients safer since we
can identify and minimize threats to their business and brand.”

The primary focus for the Photon Research Team is to produce regular
reports for Digital Shadows clients, however selected content will also
be made available to security practitioners across the industry.

To learn more about the Photon Research Team, please view the following


Digital Shadows minimizes digital risk by identifying unwanted exposure
and protecting against external threats. Organizations can suffer
regulatory fines, loss of intellectual property, and reputational damage
when digital risk is left unmanaged. Digital Shadows SearchLight™ helps
you minimize these risks by detecting data loss, securing your online
brand, and reducing your attack surface. To learn more and get free
access to SearchLight, visit


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Susan Helmick
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