By Kevin Tweddle
Naval Academy graduate. Director of U.S. Marine Corps’ “Red Team.” National Security Agency (NSA) cyber expert.
Are these the resume chops of the latest Tom Clancy protagonist? No, they are the credentials of Robert Johnston, the CEO and co-founder of ICBA ThinkTECH Accelerator Finalist Adlumin.
Established in 2016, Adlumin offers finance-specific security incident and event management (SIEM) solutions to community banks. From data retention, compliance, to malicious intruder detection, the company provides a range of offerings to help community banks meet cybersecurity compliance and manage evolving threats. AI and machine learning techniques fuel their solutions and analyze anomalies, funneling a billion monthly events down into the five or six each month that require the attention of the team.
This more efficient and targeted assessment of transactions mimics the pitch of nearly every financial services cybersecurity organization. What makes Adlumin different? The answer lies in the root of the challenge. While increasing data and cyber security threats remain, so do increasing compliance and regulatory requirements, combined with decreasing budgets and capacity. The answer is Adlumin’s technology strategy, which reduces the costs for community banks across the board.
While much work has already been done, Adlumin continues to refine its products and services, making sure that it remains a bank’s partner in supporting compliance efforts and combatting ever-evolving cyber threats. That’s why participating in the ICBA ThinkTECH Accelerator made so much sense. The team plans to leverage the accelerator experiences to tailor offerings based on input from bankers.
Brian Otteman, director of customer experience at High Plains Bank, a $175-million-asset institution headquartered in Flager, Colo., was onsite at The Venture Center during the bootcamp’s second week. He witnessed the finalists’ efforts to scale emerging technologies to community bank infrastructure.
I found the finalists as well as the cohort leadership to be really engaged in the problems we’re facing. I thought they were curious about how their products could fit with real issues that we have.”
A later-stage start-up, Adlumin’s services are already commercially available. In fact, the company has more than 20 financial institution customers and protects more than $40 billion in assets. They are processing about one billion events a month, and those numbers continue to increase.
“We’re constantly responding to market evolution, deploying updated data science algorithms, integrating new data and analytic sets, and making our cloud architecture and ecosystem better as the landscape evolves,” Johnston shared. “Our goal is to offer best-in-class SIEM services to community banks.”
Kevin Tweddle is chief operating officer of the ICBA Services Network.