Footholds are created by leveraging common operating system features configured to automatically run, such as services, scheduled tasks, and other normal persistence mechanisms. A foothold is established when an attacker uses one of these persistence mechanisms to run malware or perform a malicious action, such as creating a backdoor account. Huntress monitors for footholds and when found, delivers actionable recommendations and instructions for removal.
Founded in 2015 by former NSA Cyber Operators, Huntress’ founders recognized a need for security solutions built specifically for MSPs and small businesses. By providing expert analysis and actionable insights based on investigation into those activities, Huntress enables corporate IT teams to quickly resolve incidents. With Huntress, MSPs can reduce cybersecurity response labor, retain and grow their client base, and differentiate themselves from the competition.
Kyle Hanslovan comes to Huntress Labs from the U.S. Intelligence Community where he supported defensive and offensive cyber operations for the past decade. He previously co-founded the defense consulting firm StrategicIO and actively participates in the ethical hacking community as a Black Hat conference trainer, STEM mentor, and Def Con CTF champion. Additionally, he serves in the Maryland Air National Guard as a Cyber Warfare Operator. With his strong background in technical leadership, software development, and malware analysis, At this stage in his life, Kyle is hell bent on making hackers earn every inch of their access within the networks he protects.