Press Releases


CRITICALSTART Recognized by Palo Alto Networks as a NextWave Diamond Partner

December 4, 2018 | CRITICALSTART today announced it has become a Palo Alto Networks® NextWave Diamond Channel Partner. CRITICALSTART joins a select group of channel partners who have met the Diamond Partner performance, capabilities and business requirements of the Palo Alto Networks NextWave Channel Partner Program.

CRITICALSTART Named to Aggie 100 List by the Texas A&M Mays Business School

November 13, 2018 | CRITICALSTART today announced that it has been selected by the Texas A&M Mays Business School’s McFerrin Center for Entrepreneurship for the 14th Annual Aggie 100 list. The honorees were announced on Friday, November 9th during a private, invitation-only awards ceremony at the Hall of Champions at Texas A&M University. Rob Davis ‘90, CEO, and Tera Davis ‘94, Managing Director, are both graduates of Texas A&M University and attended the ceremony to accept the award.

CRITICALSTART Names Chief Technology Officer

November 9, 2018 | CRITICALSTART today announced it has appointed Randy Watkins as Chief Technology Officer (CTO), effective immediately. In this role, Watkins will be responsible for designing and executing the company’s strategic technology initiatives, which includes defining the strategy and direction of CRITICALSTART’s Managed Detection and Response (MDR) services delivered by the Zero-Trust Analytics Platform (ZTAP).

CRITICALSTART Named to SMU’S Dallas 100TM List For Second Consecutive Year

November 5, 2018 | CRITICALSTART today announced that it has been selected for the second consecutive year as one of the Dallas 100™ by the SMU Cox Caruth Institute for Entrepreneurship, in recognition of the company’s significant revenue growth. The Caruth Institute annually celebrates the ingenuity, commitment and perseverance of the 100 fastest-growing privately held entrepreneurial businesses in the Dallas area.

CRITICALSTART Named CRN® Triple Crown Award Winner

October 10, 2018 | CRITICALSTART today announced that CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, has recognized CRITICALSTART for earning its 2018 Triple Crown Award. This year 46 solution providers in North America reached the qualifying revenue, growth, and technical expertise to be named on three of CRN’s prestigious solution provider lists, earning them the Triple Crown Award this year.

CRITICALSTART Section 8 Researchers Identify Vulnerability In Paessler’s PRTG

October 3, 2018 | CRITICALSTART today announced its Section 8 threat intelligence and security research team identified a local privilege escalation vulnerability in Paessler’s PRTG Network Monitor software. The Section 8 team followed standard vulnerability reporting procedures and alerted Paessler back in July and is presenting the findings today as part of its “Linking to Pwnage! Using Symlinks and Hardlinks to Own All the Things” session at the 11th annual Information Warfare Summit in Oklahoma.

CRITICALSTART Achieves Soc 2 Type II Compliance Certification

September 20, 2018 | CRITICALSTART today announced it has achieved the Service Organization Control (SOC) 2 Type II compliance certification, confirming the company’s commitment to security best practices based on the standards defined by the American Institute of Certified Professional Accountants (AICPA).

CRITICALSTART Named to Top 100 Managed Security Services Providers of 2018 List by MSSP Alert

September 19, 2018 | MSSP Alert, published by After Nines Inc., has named CRITICALSTART, a leading provider of cybersecurity solutions, to the Top 100 MSSPs list for 2018. The list honors the top 100 managed security services providers (MSSPs) that specialize in comprehensive, outsourced cybersecurity services.

NEW TECH: Critical Start Applies ‘Zero-Trust’ Security Model to Managed Security Services

September 6, 2018 via The Last Watchdog | All companies today are exposed to intense cyber-attacks. And yet the vast majority simply do not have the capability to effectively defend their networks. That’s where managed security services providers, or MSSPs, come in.

Cisco Warns Customers of Critical Security Flaws, Advisory Includes Apache Struts

September 6, 2018 via ZDNet | The massive security update includes a patch for the recently-disclosed Apache bug — but not all products will be fixed yet.

Cisco Patches Serious Flaws in RV, SD-WAN, Umbrella Products

September 5, 2018 via Security Week | Cisco informed customers on Wednesday that patches are available for over a dozen critical and high severity vulnerabilities affecting the company’s RV series, SD-WAN, Umbrella and other products.

High-Severity Flaws in Cisco Secure Internet Gateway Service Patched

September 6, 2018 via Threat Post | Two high-severity vulnerabilities have been disclosed in Cisco’s security platform that could allow an attacker to gain administrative privileges – and take full control of the impacted machine.

Cisco Fixes Critical Vulnerabilities in RV, SD-WAN, Umbrella Products

September 5, 2018 via CertStation | Cisco communicated users about the fixes are available for over a dozen critical on Wednesday. Further, the high-intensity flaws impacting the firm’s RV series, SD-WAN, Umbrella and different products.

Cisco Releases 16 Security Alerts Rated Critical and High

September 6, 2018 via Bleeping Computer | Cisco published on Wednesday 30 security advisories on vulnerabilities identified in its products. Half of them are for high and critical severity bugs.

Cisco warns of critical remotely exploitable vulnerabilities

September 6, 2018 via ITnews | Cisco has issued security alerts for 30 vulnerabilities across a range of its products and services, with three being ranked as critical and remotely exploitable.

Critical Start’s Section 8 Researchers Identify Vulnerabilities in Cisco Umbrella

September 5, 2018 | Critical Start announced its Section 8 threat intelligence and security research team identified local privilege escalation vulnerabilities in Cisco Umbrella. The Section 8 team followed standard vulnerability reporting procedures with Cisco so the vendor could issue a security advisory and patches.

Critical Start Increases Revenue 87%, Moves Into New Headquarters To Support Future Growth

August 29, 2018 | Critical Start announced that it increased year-over-year (YoY) revenue 87% in the first seven months of 2018. This rapid growth is driven by mid-size firms and enterprises looking for assistance to combat today’s complex and rapidly evolving human and machine-generated security threats. In addition, the company’s Managed Detection & Response (MDR) business has grown 300% YTD in 2018 when compared to all of 2017.

Critical Start Named To 2018 CRN Fast Growth 150 List

August 6, 2018 | Critical Start, a leading provider of cybersecurity solutions, announced today that CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, has named Critical Start to its 2018 Fast Growth 150 list. The list is CRN’s annual ranking of North America-based technology integrators, solution providers and IT consultants with gross sales of at least $1 million that have experienced significant economic growth over the past two years.

Emerging Vendors 2018: Cybersecurity Companies You Need to Know

July 26, 2018 | Critical Start’s CyberSOC and alert classification engine is a complete offering for solution providers to offer managed security services to their customers in a completely transparent way using a mobile-first, zero-trust platform that reduces alert overload by 99.9 percent.

How Legacy MSSPs Increase Cybersecurity Risks

July 16, 2018 | Jordan Mauriello, Chief Technology Officer of Critical Start, discusses how the operational model of legacy managed security service providers (MSSPs) can actually leave organizations more vulnerable to cyberattacks, increasing the risk of security breaches and potential compliance issues.

Critical Start Announces New Advanced Threat Analytics App for the Palo Alto Networks Application Framework

May 22, 2018 | Critical Start today unveiled its Advanced Threat Analytics app for the Palo Alto Networks® (NYSE: PANWApplication Framework. As legacy MSSPs continue to arbitrarily filter or tune security alerts to address the industry’s alert overload issue, Critical Start’s Advanced Threat Analytics app for the Palo Alto Networks Application Framework uses an innovative zero-trust model that investigates all security alerts until they are classified as good or normal and can be safely filtered out – reducing alerts by 99 percent.

Critical Start to Acquire Advanced Threat Analytics

March 15, 2018 | Critical Start announced a definitive agreement to acquire Advanced Threat Analytics, a next generation security analytics platform. “The combination of our CyberSOC, expert analysts and the ATA platform offer our clients something unique – managed security services delivered in a completely transparent process using a mobile-first, zero trust platform,” said Rob Davis, CEO, Critical Start.

Critical Start is the fastest-growing cybersecurity integrator in North America. Our mission is simple: protect our customers’ brands and reduce their business risk. We do this for organizations of all sizes through our award-winning portfolio of end-to-end security services – from security-readiness assessments using our proven framework (the Defendable Network) to the delivery of managed detection and response, incident response, professional services, and product fulfillment. Critical Start has been named to the CRN 2018 Tech Elite 250 and top 100 Security MSPs lists.