RiskIQ, a leader in the sphere of digital threat management, has completed the acquisition of brand threat project management company Maccabim.com Ltd and subsequently appointed Jonathan Matkowsky, the latter’s founder, to the role of vice-president of Intellectual Property and brand security.
With the acquisition of Maccabim, RiskIQ expands its threat mitigation technology, including dispute resolution proceedings and takedown functions, to expedite brand governance processes.
According to Forrester Research, takedown capabilities are the second most sought-after feature of surveyed digital risk monitoring (DRM) customers. DRM vendors routinely interact with cyber, fraud and compliance stakeholders at major digital channel providers, along with registrars and registry operators. These frequent interactions reduce the time it takes to submit and complete related requests.
In specific cases, DRM vendors establish technical partnerships that expedite their submissions.*
“Enterprises must be able to identify and validate brand abuse across web, social and mobile channels, and also have the means to efficiently respond to, pre-empt and moderate damage,” explained Elias Manousos, co-founder and CEO of RiskIQ. “Jonathan brings a wealth of expertise and experience that will fortify our threat mitigation capabilities still further. We welcome him to our team.”
Matkowsky responded: “The enormity of online brand and domain infringement is staggering and affects a broad spectrum of a business’ intangible assets. This requires organisations and their legal counsel to advance tools and processes in order to better systematically uncover and counter digital exploits. I’m incredibly thrilled to be a part of RiskIQ which has the technology, vision and passion to help customers defend their online brand, Intellectual Property and reputation in what’s undoubtedly a constantly evolving digital threat landscape.”
Matkowsky has always been a pioneer in the threat remediation space with a focus on Internet security and brand protection. Under his expert leadership, Maccabim offered an online project management system to facilitate threat data, legal case and takedown processes.
Matkowsky brings 17 years of combined trademark and Internet law experience to RiskIQ, and is an active member of numerous industry consortiums.
*The Forrester Wave: Digital Risk Monitoring, Q3 2016, Forrester Research Inc, 28 September 2016