Rook Security


Rook improves the way organizations ranging from Fortune 100 firms to fast-growing startups defend their digital assets and manage risk.


Rook Security provides technology-enabled services to anticipate, manage and eliminate cyber threats. As an integrated extension of any security team, Rook provides an elite arsenal of people, processes and technology to improve the way organizations ranging from Fortune 100 firms to fast-growing startups protect their data and manage their risk. The Rook Managed Threat Response Force provides actionable monitoring, intelligence, response and orchestration capabilities to address threats and manage responses to incidents with greater control and decreased time between threat detection and elimination.

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Scammers working overtime trying to hack Hoosiers, security expert says

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Cyber thieves are working to hack into Hoosiers’ personal accounts. Rook Security, out of Carmel, showed CBS4 some of the new ways scammers are scheming. “I would say 99 percent of attacks come via email,” said Tom Gorup, who provides security operations worldwide. Read the full story here.

21 Indiana tech companies make Inc. 5000 ‘Fastest Growing’ list

Every year, Inc. magazine ranks “America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies” and this year 21 tech companies based in Indiana made the Inc. 5000 list. Thirteen of the 21 companies are past TechPoint Mira Award nominees and winners, including three top honorees from 2017: Tech Service of the Year: Fizziology Scale-up Company of the Year ($100K-$5M): DoubleMap Scale-up Company of

IMS revs up relationships with bevy of local tech firms

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway seems to like the local tech industry—and local tech likes it back. The motorsports-entertainment company, part of Hulman & Co., is a client of 13 tech firms that are either based in central Indiana or have a sizable office here—from online form builder Formstack to insurance-software developer MyCOI. That’s a lot given

Mat Gangwer Profile

From intern to CTO: Mat Gangwer of Rook Security

In February of 2011, Mat Gangwer, a Purdue student pursuing a degree in Computer Information Technology, became an Information Security Analyst intern for Rook Security. When Mat started, Rook’s core business was providing assessments to determine a company’s current security posture. As the company was getting ready to grow and expand, Mat — who was

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Why an investment in people is the best way to protect your organization’s assets

In a highly digital world, cybersecurity threats aren’t new. Despite more and more cybersecurity attacks mentioned daily in the media, companies are still struggling to protect themselves effectively, and their employees are often left in the dark about what they can and should do to help. Rook Security sees this problem every day with their

How Rook Security helped IMS monitor security threats during the Indianapolis 500

How Rook Security helped IMS monitor security threats during the Indianapolis 500

The month of May in Indiana is known for the Indianapolis 500, which attracts an estimated 300,000 people annually and is the world’s largest single-day sporting event. But with all big sporting events come security concerns, and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway doesn’t take any chances when hosting their events. That’s why they partnered with Carmel-based

Digital wallet use means convenience for some and security concerns for others

Smartphones are changing our lives in so many ways. For most of us, it’s probably the most important thing with have with us during the day. It’s so important some people aren’t even carrying purses, wallets and money clips to pay for things. That’s because “digital wallets” are making life easier for many business owners

Rook Security monitoring online chatter for threats against IMS

A Carmel-based cybersecurity firm will assist the FBI and Department of Homeland Security this year at the Indianapolis 500 by monitoring online chatter for digital and physical threats. “Our objective is to protect people,” Rook Security Director of Security Operations Tom Gorup said.  “We will be monitoring dark web sites, hacker forums as well as social

Rise in internet-connected devices creates new cybersecurity concerns

As the so-called “internet of things” continues to grow, so does the need for workers who can protect companies against a new wave of cyberintrusions. “Everybody knows that the demand for this talent is going to be strong,” said Bill Russell, executive director of global information security at Columbus, Indiana-based Cummins Inc. “I have to

Ivy Tech adds new ethical hacking certificate

Some college students in Indiana will soon be better prepared to stop hackers from infiltrating large companies and stealing people’s private information. Ivy Tech Community College recently announced a new partnership with The International Council of E-Commerce Consultants. As part of the partnership, the college will soon start offering certified ethical hacking and computer hacking

Sales Bootcamp prepares new class for fast-growing tech careers

The second 6-week Sales Bootcamp just wrapped up operations at the end of March, which means area tech companies now have a great group of talented, up-and-coming new sales professionals who are generating leads, bringing in revenue, and growing our tech ecosystem. TechPoint launched the inaugural Sales Bootcamp in June 2016 with 17 new grads and

Cyber-security firm ditches downtown office for suburbs

Rook Security LLC, a privately held firm that offers cyber-security software and services, has relocated to Carmel from downtown Indianapolis, CEO JJ Thompson told IBJ Monday. The company, which is made IBJ’s Fast 25 list in 2016, had been operating in about 6,000 square feet in the 61-year-old, 14-story Burton Building at 120 E. Market

#IoTCivicHack brings industries ripe for IoT innovation to forefront

Can the Internet of Things (IoT) lead the future of Indiana’s economy? That’s the question that hundreds of technology experts will tackle next month at the 2017 IoT Civic Hackathon produced by AT&T’s Developer Program. Indiana has made it known that we are emerging as a tech hub (even The New York Times says so),

How to protect your family, business computers from ransomware

At Big Guy Signs in Indianapolis, the printer is usually humming. “We do a lot of signs, interior, exterior and vehicle wraps. I tell everybody from a desk top sign to a billboard sign and everything in between,” said owner Asher Collins. About the only thing that could put the brakes on this business is

Is your Amazon Echo always listening?

It’s one of the hottest growing services, and maybe you received one over the holidays. We’re talking about the voice-activated personal assistant. Whether it’s the Amazon Echo or the Google Assistant, it has started a conversation about everyday convenience – at the expense of your personal privacy. The question that users are raising include: Does

Rook Security Is Determined To Keep Your Company From Getting Hacked

J.J. Thompson, founder and CEO of Rook Security, has a grim message about the state of the IT security industry: “Right now, security is waving the white flag and saying, ‘We’re all going to get hacked. Just look at everybody else.’ Anthem spent $35 million a year on it, Target spent all this money on

A tech scene grows in Indy

Fleeing the high costs of the coasts and the Valley, tech firms are setting up shop in the city where start-ups are thriving Read full story here.

For tech sector, a mix of optimism, concern about Trump presidency

Following Donald Trump’s surprising victory in the U.S. presidential race, several local technology executives and investors said they’re encouraged there’s going to be an entrepreneur in the White House. But many of those same leaders expressed concern about the potential for Trump rhetoric or policies that would marginalize women and minorities. Trump has had a few

Cyber ‘SWAT’ teams gird for Election Day trouble

WASHINGTON — Law enforcement officials, government workers and cyber-security professionals are preparing to swoop in, track and hopefully block anyone attempting a cyberattack aimed at destabilizing the U.S. presidential election. The possibility is slight, with risks lessened by the fractured, pre-digital nature of the national voting apparatus. Still, fears that hackers — perhaps from Russia —  could instill doubts about

Cybersecurity experts to keep close watch over Election Day

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) – When the votes are cast and counted Election Day, for the first time a new set of eyes will be looking for trouble. Eyewitness News has learned that private cybersecurity experts will be looking for hackers attempting to disrupt or rig the election. Read full story here.

22 Indiana tech companies make Inc. 5000 ‘Fastest Growing’ list

Inc. magazine ranks “America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies” every year and this year 22 Indiana tech firms made the Inc. 5000 list. DoubleMap, a three-time TechPoint Mira Award winner, broke into the Inc. 500 and will be featured in the September issue of the magazine. Now in its 35th year, the annual Inc. 500|5000 list looks

Rook Security grows 2000+ percent, defines security landscape

Since Rook Security relocated from Silicon Valley to Indianapolis in 2010, the global IT security company has grown an astonishing 2,100 percent and now employs 55 people at its downtown and Carmel offices. Rook has doubled or nearly doubled its revenue every year in Indy, finally slowing to double-digit growth last year as the company

Standout Scale-ups & Tech Companies in 2015

What a great year 2015 was for the tech community in Indiana. Companies from all over the country (and the world) are looking to the Hoosier state to expand their businesses, and the homegrown start-ups and scale-ups that are responsible for the thriving tech community here are benefiting too. WATCH VIDEO HERE TechPoint President and

1,546 new tech jobs announced in 60 last days

During just the past 60 days, nine Indiana tech companies and tech-enabled companies have announced plans to invest more than $71 million in this state and create up to 1,546 new computer-related jobs. The largest deal in terms of the number of jobs is from Appirio, the cloud services provider that has been growing in

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Nominees Announced for 16th Annual TechPoint Mira Awards Honoring ‘The Best of Tech in Indiana’

100  companies, schools and startups, and 10 individuals selected by independent judging panels as the 2015 class of Mira Award Nominees NEW EVENT DATE: Winners will be announced during a masquerade-themed, black-tie awards ceremony and gala on Saturday, May 2, at the JW Marriott   TechPoint, the voice and catalyst of Indiana’s tech ecosystem, has

Public-private tech partnerships and more talent needed to fight cyber crime

Team members from Rook Security recently attended Cyber Resilience: A Cyber Security Summit, presented by the Indianapolis Department of Homeland Security. The event focused on promoting collaboration and sharing of information among government agencies and businesses. It was an excellent way to bring together people from the public sector and the private sector to talk