Charlie Wolford, President and CEO
The demand for high-end security solutions for businesses is at an all-time high owing to rising cybercrime and other nefarious activities. Today, organizations across all market sectors are working with the IT industry to develop defenses and countermeasures for data breaches and systemic cyber-attacks. In an attempt to counter cyber-attacks, the cybersecurity industry is developing security assessment offerings that allow firms to perform mock attacks and other tests to evaluate the efficacy of their existing cybersecurity measures. However, most security assessment tools are automated, which often cause companies to overlook critical details of their cybersecurity infrastructure that could potentially lead to the loss and abuse of sensitive data. Addressing this challenge with its thorough client engagement methodology and comprehensive security assessment portfolio is Virginia-based Inferno Systems. “Unlike conventional automated security assessments, we help our clients understand the nitty-gritty technical details of their data security measures and assist them in engineering an infrastructure that is truly secure,” says Charlie Wolford, president and CEO of Inferno Systems.
As a company, Inferno Systems’ emphasis is on developing solutions that meet every client’s needs. In fact, the company has developed several of its offerings as a solution for internal needs and later scaled it to assist other firms with similar issues. Its flagship product, Forge, is one such example, as it was initially developed as an internal password cracking software and later became a more scalable and powerful solution for clients.
Discussing the core competencies of Forge, Wolford elaborates, “Forge can scale by leveraging local and cloud resources such as AWS and Microsoft Azure simultaneously.
Unlike conventional automated security assessments, we help our clients understand the nitty-gritty technical details of their data security measures and assist them in engineering an infrastructure that is truly secure
We demonstrated this in a test where Forge scaled out to over 1,000 GPUs spread across over 200 servers.” The solution can also be run offline and is highly customizable to enable users to test their passwords against a multitude of password cracking methods instead of just the standard attack.
The company also has several other capabilities, including security compliance, risk management and governance, as well as incident response, network engineering, and technology assessment, among others. Above all, every product in Inferno Systems’ portfolio is backed by the extensive expertise of its team and their ability to respond to customer needs quickly and effectively. Delving deeper, the company handles every client engagement with clear and transparent communication to aid them in understanding the complete scope of their collaboration with Inferno Systems.
During the implementation, the company periodically updates clients on the latest developments and takes feedback in case they want to make any changes.
With such unparalleled capabilities, the company has ignited several client success stories with both commercial and government entities.
And as a result of its success in the federal government space, the company holds several clearances that facilitate rapid onboarding of customers in the government arena. “We have had the opportunity to work with multiple federal clients and they have recommended us to other entities that require our services; this has helped us build rapport as a reliable security assessment firm across the board,” adds Wolford. Another key differentiator for the company is its team of experts that are capable of performing penetration tests not only in traditional corporate environments but also in places such as data centers, distributed clusters, and more.
According to Wolford, Inferno Systems’ success can be entirely attributed to its highly-passionate and technically-competent team, which the company holds in the highest regard. “We try to treat our employees the way we would want to be treated. That is why we focus on providing the best healthcare plans, provide paid training, and take part in quarterly recreational activities as a company, among other things,” mentions Wolford.
Looking ahead, Inferno Systems is launching a new cloud orchestration and tunneling tool named Stratis, which will allow users to create on-demand cloud infrastructure across multiple cloud platforms. As a result, Stratis users will be able to generate their own mail and web servers, databases, backends, and more without requiring the extensive technical skill that is conventionally required for such an endeavor. “Stratis will allow seamless generation of all a customer’s needs with just a simple specification and ensure that the data traffic between the developed cloud resources is aligned to their needs,” states Wolford. The company also sees the current COVID-19 business environment as a way to spread awareness on the rise of remote workforces and how they can pose additional data security challenges for businesses. “We are perfectly poised to help clients cope with the rise in their work-from-home operations by assisting them in not only implementing policy changes, but also performing assessments that ensure effective security of all their employees,” concludes Wolford.