Andrew Costis

Andrew Costis

Threat Research Engineer, LogRhythm Labs

My Role

In April 2016, I joined LogRhythm Labs to become a Threat Research Engineer (I was previously a Principal Support Services Engineer in the Customer Care team). My role incorporates using my knowledge and experience with the product in order to assist our Co-Pilot customers in enhancing their security posture and moving them further up the security maturity model.

I also help to improve the content around the various modules that we incorporate out-of-the-box that gradually make their way into the product Knowledge Base, as well as perform research activities in relation to security, LogRhythm and Network Monitor.

My Story

From the age of 11, I figured out the hard way how computers work, which was by breaking them (accidentally), then learning how to fix them! As computers were very much a grey area back then, my passion, curiosity and hunger for knowledge naturally increased in this somewhat mystical topic. I felt destined to enter the field of IT, and by the age of 18, I had passed my Network+ and Cisco CCNA exams and entered full-time work.

I have worked in the IT industry for around 15 years, and have performed a variety of roles in a technical capacity, speaking to some of the largest enterprise companies in the world. I joined the LogRhythm team in 2012 to provide technical support to our global customer base.

I have always had a special interest in security, and for many years have read shelves of books on the many domains of security. This interest and experience led to my recent transition from Technical Support into Labs as a Threat Research Engineer.

I enjoy reading any security material I can get my hands on (even outside of work), particularly on the subject of malware analysis and reverse engineering. Outside of work, I am a hobbyist DJ (my other passion), keep five horses, have two dogs and a cat and two children. Oh and I did run a honeypot for a while in the cloud, which was almost like having a third child (or dog).

Oh, and lastly, most people in LogRhythm as well as many EMEA customers know me as “AC”!

My Philosophy

Do or do not. There is no try. (Yoda, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back)

My Qualifications

  • DoHE in Computing
  • IT SANS GCIH

My Twitter Handle

@AndrewCostis