2008 Grad Creates Game-Changing Cybersecurity Solution

Experts Say STP Black Saves Time, Money, and Man Power

Charlotte, NC – Charlotte native and ECPI University graduate Patrick Wright and his team of developers have invented an information security system that may revolutionize the way organizations protect themselves from cyber-attacks. It’s called STP Black, and it automates a process that typically involves countless man hours and cumbersome processes. 

Wright’s company, STP Ventures, subscribes to a wide range of the world’s top threat databases. By developing STP Black (patent pending), Patrick, along with co-founder Sheryl Pierce and their team, have created an automated solution that integrates data from those databases and automatically feeds clients critical information required to stop those threats. Most importantly it updates that information on a rolling 15 minute window. 

“The threats are verified and well researched,” says Wright. Again, it’s all automatic, no human interaction required. STP Black parses everything from IP Addresses and URLs related to an attack, along with file hashes associated with the attack files. Within 15 minutes of a new threat being uploaded to a monitored database, STP Black has already collected the critical information and updated the customer firewall to block the threat. 

“A great real-world example of this would be the recent WannaCry Ransomware attack.  A short time after it hit, a file hash was identified and uploaded to many of the threat databases. That was a crucial piece of information in the early prevention of the attack. STP Black syndicated that file hash to our customers within 15 minutes of it becoming available – a response that would be difficult for many IT department to match, especially in the wee hours of a Saturday morning – even more so for IT departments at small to medium sized businesses.” 

While STP Black has had a rather quiet, initial rollout, IT professionals are taking notice. “STP Black provides protection in such a way that small- and medium-sized businesses are able to have the same peace of mind that was previously available only to massive companies with dozens of information security engineers dedicated to real-time defense,” says Keane Matthews, CISSP, a Vice President and Senior Tech Manager with a large national bank. 

“STP Black is an example of what I challenge all my students to be able to do upon graduation,” says Dr. Michael Martin, Computer and Information Science Program Director at ECPI University’s Charlotte campus. “Take the skills they learn and synthesize solutions for problems with them.” 

For more information, please contact ECPI Director of Marketing at 757.490.9090 or publicrelations@ecpi.edu.

About ECPI University 

ECPI University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award the associate's, baccalaureate, and master's degrees and diplomas. SACSCOC is the regional body for the accreditation of degree-granting higher education institutions in the Southern states. A private university founded in 1966, ECPI University has campuses in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Florida, and offers convenient classes during the day, evening, and online; graduate employment services, continuing education, certification classes, and testing are also available.                       

On campus or online, fields of study include: HEALTH SCIENCES: Master of Science in Nursing, Nursing (RN to BSN), BS to BSN, Nursing (RN), Practical Nursing, Healthcare Administration, Health Information Management, Physical Therapist Assistant, Massage Therapy, Dental Assisting, Medical Assisting,  Radiography, Sonography, Surgical Technology; TECHNOLOGY: Master of Science in Information Systems, Master of Science in Cybersecurity, Cyber and Network Security, Information Systems,  Software Development, Cloud Computing, Web Development,  Database Programming, Electronics Engineering Technology, Mechatronics/Advanced Manufacturing, Mechanical Engineering Technology; BUSINESS AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE: Master of Business Administration (MBA), Accounting, Business Administration, IT Management, Hospitality Management, Criminal Justice, Homeland Security; CULINARY: Culinary Arts, Culinary Nutrition, Food Service Management, Baking and Pastry Arts. (Program field availability varies by campus.) For more information, visit www.ecpi.edu. 

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Contact: 
ECPI University Director of Marketing - 757.490.9090 or publicrelations@ecpi.edu
Release Date: 
Friday, July 7, 2017