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Forewarned partnering with IU-led OmniSOC to promote critical cybersecurity tool

With STINGAR, organizations receive actionable alerts, deep threat hunting

Security and privacy Dec 14, 2023

BLOOMINGTON, Ind.— OmniSOC and Forewarned Inc. have created a new reseller partnership for the promotion and support of STINGAR v2. STINGAR is a security platform in use by more than fifty education and research institutions.

Forewarned Inc. was founded by the team from Duke University’s Office of Information Technology that originally created STINGAR (Shared Threat Intelligence, Network Gatekeeper, Automated Response).

Hugh Thomas, the CEO of Forewarned said, “STINGAR continuously detects network cyber intrusions and automatically blocks attackers in real time to dramatically reduce the amount of network intrusions and security alerts, better protecting the networks and saving money. We are very pleased to partner with OmniSOC to benefit critical resources in research and higher education.”

OmniSOC is the shared, collaborative higher education security operations center (SOC) led by Indiana University (IU).

“We’re pleased to have Forewarned on board as a partner and to expand the use of STINGAR honeypot systems and threat intelligence throughout research and higher education,” said OmniSOC Executive Director Susan Sons. “Honeypots are an essential tool in protecting against bad actors targeting hard-to-monitor assets such as Science DMZs and scientific instruments.”

About STINGAR v2

STINGAR v2 is a major redesign of the platform which has been in production for more than five years. The latest version of the STINGAR platform enables organizations of all sizes to benefit from the live threat intelligence feed created by STINGAR partners across the country thereby improving the overall security and resilience of all networks.

The STINGAR (Shared Threat Intelligence, Network Gatekeeper, Automated Response) platform was originally developed by Duke’s Information Technology Security Office as part of its overall IT security strategy to address malicious cyberattacks seen inside its network. STINGAR provides a low-cost way to improve the utilization of existing security infrastructure.

As a software solution, requiring only minimal computing resources, STINGAR offers a low-cost, highly effective platform to improve the overall security and resilience of enterprise networks. Any enterprise that already utilizes a firewall as part of their network infrastructure can benefit from installing STINGAR on their network.


About Forewarned

Forewarned Inc. is headquartered in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, with the founding team from Duke University’s Office of Information Technology and a deep technical background of networking and enterprise security expertise and share the vision for creating a safer online environment using STINGAR to improve the safety of all users.

Learn more about Forewarned and the STINGAR platform or email:

About OmniSOC

OmniSOC operates in conjunction with the formidable capabilities of the Global Network Operations Center (GlobalNOC) housed at Indiana University. It also makes use of threat intelligence insights from the Research and Education Networking Information Sharing and Analysis Center (REN-ISAC) housed at Indiana University. OmniSOC also partners with counterparts in Australia, Canada, and the UK in a cybersecurity threat intelligence-sharing partnership.

OmniSOC was founded by members of the Big Ten Academic Alliance to reduce the time from first detection of a security threat to campus mitigation. Today, OmniSOC’s members include higher education and research institutions of all sizes, both public and private. OmniSOC, through ResearchSOC, supplies cybersecurity for the nation’s greatest research.

OmniSOC is a member of the Indiana University cybersecurity community, which includes the Research and Education Networks Information Sharing and Analysis Center (REN-ISAC) and the Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research. See for more information.

Learn more about STINGAR and other OmniSOC services or email

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