Area 1 Security

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Area 1 Security
IndustryInformation Security
FoundersOren Falkowitz (Founder and CEO)
Phil Syme (Founder and CTO)
Blake Darché (Founder and CSO)
Area served
ProductsArea 1 Horizon

Area 1 Security, Inc. is an American cybersecurity company headquartered in Redwood City, California.[1][2]


The company was incorporated in 2013 by founders Oren Falkowitz, Blake Darché, and Phil Syme, all of whom were formerly employed by the U.S. National Security Agency.[3][4][5][6] The company announced venture capital financing led by Kleiner Perkins and including Icon ventures, Allegis Capital, Cowboy Ventures, Data Collective, First Round Capital, RedSeal Networks CEO Ray Rothrock, and Shape Security CEO Derek Smith.[7]

Area 1 Security was named a Cool Vendor by Gartner in 2016[8] and listed among "20 Rising Stars" of the Cloud 100 by Forbes magazine in 2017.[9] Area 1 was recognized by the San Francisco Business Times as a "Best Place to Work" in 2017.[10] In 2018, Area 1 was a Cybersecurity Excellence Awards finalist.[11] In 2019, Area 1 was named Google Cloud Global Technology Partner of the Year Award for Security [12]

In December of 2018 Area 1 revealed a Chinese government cyber campaign targeting intergovernmental organizations, ministries of foreign affairs, ministries of finance, trade unions, and think tanks. Over 100 hundred organizations were identified in this campaign by Area 1 Security as targets of the Chinese government’s Strategic Support Force (SSF), which ultimately led to the breach of a diplomatic communications network of the European Union. [13] [14]

In 2019 to deter Foreign interference in the 2020 United States elections the Federal Elections Commission ruled in AO 2019-12 that Area 1 "may offer its services to federal candidates and political committees at the same “low or no cost” tier that it offers to all qualified customers without making an impermissible in-kind contribution". [15] [16] [17]


Area 1 Horizon provides a cloud-based service to prevent phishing campaigns,[18][19] whether by nation-state or commercial actors, and stop cyberattacks, including BEC scam, ransomware, malware, watering holes, malvertising, and other socially engineered threats.[20][21]

Area 1 Horizon seeks and detects phishing attacks missed by spam filters and legacy devices.[22] The company "maintains a network of sensors on web servers around the globe — many known to be used by state-sponsored hackers — which gives the firm a front-row seat to phishing attacks," the New York Times wrote in 2020.[23] This approach contrasts with the strategy of training, educating, and relying on end users to recognize and report all such attacks.[24][25]


Area 1 Security Horizon identifies attack indicators by specific elements of their infrastructure. Flexible enforcement platforms enable preemptive detection and disablement of targeted phishing attacks across email, web, and network, whether at the edge, or in the cloud.[26] Area 1 Security also extends protection to customers’ partners and digital ecosystem stakeholders.[27]


  1. ^ Stein, Jeff (5/12/17) “Exclusive: Russian Hackers Attacked the 2008 Obama Campaign” Newsweek. Received 2018-03-27.
  2. ^ Rozsa, Matthew (10/11/17) “Here’s how Russia was secretly spying on the United States” Salon. Retrieved 2018-03-27.
  3. ^ Perlroth, Nicole (10/12/2016) “A Computer Security Start-Up Turns the Tables on Hackers” The New York Times. Retrieved 2018-03-27.
  4. ^ Hackett, Robert (12/10/14) “Can three ex-NSA snoops stop the worst hacks before they start?” Fortune. Retrieved 2018-03-27.
  5. ^ Miller, Michael J. (7/21/17) “Talking Security, Hacking, and Politics at Brainstorm Tech” PC Mag. Retrieved 2018-03-27.
  6. ^ Franceschi-Bicchierai, Lorenzo (7/18/17) “Senator Asks DHS To Enable Email Security Feature to Prevent Phishing” Motherboard. Retrieved 2018-03-27.
  7. ^ Hackett, Robert (10/14/2015) “Area 1 Security raises $15 million from Icon Ventures and Kleiner Perkins” Fortune. Retrieved 2018-03-27.
  8. ^ "Cool Vendors in Security Threat Intelligence, 2016" Gartner. Retrieved 2018-03-27.
  9. ^ #InTheCloud (7/11/17) “Forbes 20 Rising Stars Cloud 100” Forbes. Retrieved 2018-03-27.
  10. ^ "Here are the winners for this year's Best Places to Work" San Francisco Business Times. Retrieved 2018-03-27.
  11. ^ -"Area 1 Security" Cybersecurity Excellence Awards. Retrieved 2018-03-27.
  12. ^ -"2018 Google Cloud Partner of the Year Awards" 2018 Google Cloud Partner of the Year Awards. Retrieved 2019-10-11.
  13. ^ Phishinng Diplomacy (12/19/2018) “Phishing Diplomacy” Area 1 Security. Retrieved 2019-10-11.
  14. ^ Sanger, David (12/18/2018) "Hacked European Cables Reveal a World of Anxiety About Trump, Russia and Iran" The New York Times. Retrieved 2019-10-11.
  15. ^ Federal Elections Commission (07/15/2019) “AO 2019-12: Area 1 Security may offer committees cybersecurity services at little or no cost” The Federal Elections Commission. Retrieved 2019-10-11.
  16. ^ Shannon Vavra (07/12/2019) “FEC approves anti-spearphishing service for campaigns at low cost The CyberScoop. Retrieved 2019-10-11.
  17. ^ Perlroth, Nicole (07/11/2019) "F.E.C. Allows Security Company to Help 2020 Candidates Defend Campaigns" The New York Times. Retrieved 2019-10-11.
  18. ^ "The Chinese Hackers in the Back Office" The New York Times. Retrieved 2018-03-27.
  19. ^ Roberts, Jeff John and Lashinsky, Adam (6/21/17) “Hacked: How Business Is Fighting Back Against the Explosion in Cybercrime” Fortune. Retrieved 2018-03-27.
  20. ^ Robinson, Terri (10/2/2017) “Alive and Kickin’” SCMagazine. Retrieved 2018-03-27.
  21. ^ Musthaler, Linda (5/30/2017) “Area 1 Security stops phishing campaigns before they become attacks” NETWORKWORLD from IDG. Retrieved 2018-03-27.
  22. ^ "Phishing remains a top tactic for cyberattacks on businesses" Tech Republic. Retrieved 2018-03-27.
  23. ^ Perlroth, Nicole; Rosenberg, Matthew (2020-01-13). "Russians Hacked Ukrainian Gas Company at Center of Impeachment". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-01-14.
  24. ^ Fowler, Geoffrey A. (2/27/17) “Your Biggest Online Security Risk is You” Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2018-03-27.
  25. ^ O’Brien, Matt and Arbel, Tali (8/11/17) “Leaked email shows HBO negotiating with hackers” USA Today. Retrieved 2018-03-27.
  26. ^ Ramsinghani, Mahendra (11/3/16) “The Ransomware Dilemma” Tech Crunch. Retrieved 2018-03-27.
  27. ^ Verger, Rob (7/7/17) “Your anti-virus software is not enough” Popular Science. Retrieved 2018-03-27.

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