Joe Mann, Founder & CEO
Joe Mann is a recognized industry leader in information risk with over 20 years of experience servicing corporations, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations. Through his rich experience and expertise, Mann founded Arete Incident Response, a leading digital forensics and incident response (DFIR) company, as a one-stop solution to address the complexities in the cybercrime sector and to protect and defend organizations against the financial and reputational damages caused by data breaches. Having witnessed the acceleration of attack, from nation-state cyberattacks that shook the US industries in the early 2000s through highly sophisticated cybercrime attacks between 2015 and 2020, Arete has the experience and resources to address the current issues of the cybercrime industry. Mann remarks that the attacks have reached its pinnacle during the present time and denotes it as “the cybercrime tsunami.”
Arete, made of an elite team of cybersecurity experts with unparalleled capabilities to address the entire cyber incident life cycle, from incident response readiness assessments to post-incident remediation, provides services to its clients in three discrete service areas, namely response, remediate, and monitor. In the incident response phase, the company provides customized advice and a plan by its experts for the client, considering the issues from a legal perspective and understanding PII or PHI data. Arete also creates a proactive risk management strategy and services to improve their defensive and offensive cyber posture for the client.
In the remediation stage, the company conducts a complete analysis of different forensics and then helps the customer restore the corrupt or destroyed disk volumes or even entire disk environments from its back-up sources.
Arete further reinstalls and configures operating system, restores SQL servers and databases, installs new tools and technologies, and implements new group security rules to bring the organization to an operational state after a breach.
Our purpose is to create a real impact on society, delivering what is acquirable, sustainable, and in alignment to ethical integrity
In the final monitoring phase, the company partners with SentinelOne, a network security expert. It deploys managed a robust detection and response (MDR) platform that includes the US, Middle East, and Asia regions to automatically consume and operationalize a rich, curated set of dynamic threat intelligence. The company supplements the monitoring program with big data analytics and data warehouse, where every application that is funneled through is analyzed for its intelligence and enhancement.
Arete further demonstrates its excellence in the industry with the following client success story. A vendor partner to one of the insurance organizations approached Arete, as their systems were down, and they could not restore them. With a tremendous amount of time pressure and potentially significant impact on the business, Arete was able to get the organization back online within just one day, saving their business.
Arete is moving towards the future with a laser focus on becoming the counter punch to cybercrime globally. The company focuses on being agile, open to reengineering, learning, refining, tuning, and automating to achieve this end. With this approach, Arete is experiencing strong growth and becoming infinitely more scalable. Arete’s leaders are considered the ambassadors on global industry advancements, with regard to education and government initiatives from a regulatory, law enforcement, and industry perspective. In conclusion, Mann summarizes his company’s mission: “Our purpose is to create a real impact on society, delivering what is acquirable, sustainable, and in alignment to ethical integrity.”