PolySwarm

The World's First Threat Intelligence Market

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Ended

2018/02/20 - 2018/03/22
ICO
PolySwarm
Token
NCT
Platform
Ethereum
Accepting
ETH
Bounties
Available
Bonus
Available
Soft Cap
5,000,000 USD
Hard cap
50,000,000 USD
Country
United States

The threat intelligence market is expected to grow to 9 Billion by 2022, thanks to an increasing need for cybersecurity with about 80 to 90 million cyberattacks each year, up to 70% of which go undetected. We’re releasing Nectar, a utility token that powers PolySwarm, a decentralized security marketplace where threats are detected in real-time by thousands of micro-engines, honed by security experts competing to protect you. Nectar will be used, exclusively, in the PolySwarm ecosystem by enterprises and existing anti-virus subscribers to distribute anti-virus subscription fees only to those security experts who are timely and accurate with being able to identify malicious files.

Team Members

Steve Bassi
CEO
MS
 

Paul Makowski
CTO
MS
 

Ben Schmidt
Director of Product Security
MS
 

Nick Davis
COO
MS
 

Maxwell Koo
Senior Backend Developer
BSc
 

Adrian Escude
CMO
MS
 

Steve Bassi
CEO
MS
 

Paul Makowski
CTO
MS
 

Ben Schmidt
Director of Product Security
MS
 

Nick Davis
COO
MS
 

Maxwell Koo
Senior Backend Developer
BSc
 

Adrian Escude
CMO
MS
 

Advisors

Mark Tonnesen
SVP & CIO at Freedom Financial Network
BS
 

Dan Guido
Co-Founder & CEO of Trail of Bits

 

Chris Eagle


Dr. Sergey Bratus


Carl Hoffman
CEO of Basis Technology Corp.
BCs
 

Mark Tonnesen
SVP & CIO at Freedom Financial Network
BS
 

Dan Guido
Co-Founder & CEO of Trail of Bits

 

Chris Eagle


Dr. Sergey Bratus


Carl Hoffman
CEO of Basis Technology Corp.
BCs
 

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Apr 2018
PolySwarm Alpha will focus on delivering a prototype end-to-end workflow for Bounties after successful token sale. This initial release will allow the PolySwarm team to begin the bootstrapping process in earnest. Ambassadors and Experts will be able to transact via a PolySwarm test network (“testnet”). The basic Bounty smart contracts will be available on the PolySwarm testnet, allowing Ambassadors to place Bounties, Experts to render Assertions, and Ambassadors to render Verdicts. We anticipate that PolySwarm Alpha will accomplish the following: • A “Bounty Manager” smart contract which holds Bounty Amounts and Fees, accepts Assertions, publishes Verdicts, and rewards accurate Experts • Artifact posting and retrieval to / from off-PolySwarm storage (e.g. S3 and/or IPFS) • Prototype algorithm for selecting Arbiters at Bounty expiration • Reference implementations for Bounty publishing, Assertion response, and Arbiter ground truth determination
Apr 2018
May 2018
PolySwarm Beta will focus on delivering PolySwarm Offer support over Raiden-style Channels. Offers are designed to facilitate higher-throughput Artifact evaluation relative to Bounties and as such demand more efficient blockchain settlement for each transaction. PolySwarm Beta will implement Offer smart contracts. We anticipate implementing this functionality as direct, peer to peer, Raiden-style Channels established between Ambassadors and Experts which utilize the testnet. We anticipate PolySwarm Beta will accomplish the following: • Offer Channels • Distributed Channel establishment • multiple Offers via a single Channel • NCT settlement at Channel Close • Reference implementation for Offer production and response • Reference implementation for Arbiter ground truth notification and response • Fee collection and distribution smart contracts • Research and quantify trust (in NCT) required for a specific Artifact volume • Offer/Bounty development toolkit: a test and implementation framework for Experts and Ambassadors to automate servicing of Bounties and Offers
May 2018
Jul 2018
PolySwarm Gamma will focus on providing matchmaking features that facilitate collaboration between Ambassadors, Experts, and Arbiters. Experts will be able to encapsulate their expertise into Workers tuned to specific types of Artifact. We expect them to be able to advertise these Workers in a PolySwarm Registry. This Worker Registry should allow Ambassadors to engage with Workers in a risk-free manner prior to the Stable release (Gamma will continue to utilize the PolySwarm testnet). Additionally, this release will consider enhancing and extending the Bounty instrument in light of Alpha and Beta feedback and experience. As one example, we anticipate that Bounties will benefit from the ability to solicit Assertions that are kept confidential from other Experts and revealed only after the Assertion deadline. p. 34 We anticipate PolySwarm Gamma will accomplish the following: • Worker Description Language (WDL) describing artifact analysis capabilities and Expert authorship attribution (for reputation) • Distributed, searchable, registry of Workers and their capabilities. • Confidentiality for pre-deadline Bounty Assertions • Finalize Arbiter selection, response, and end to end Bounty feedback loop We anticipate that Gamma will be feature complete.
Jul 2018
Dec 2018
PolySwarm Stable will focus on eliminating bugs in PolySwarm Gamma prior to migration from the PolySwarm testnet (test tokens) to the real PolySwarm market. As a stretch goal and as time / funding allows, Stable may introduce first-class Artifact confidentiality via a limitedaudience Bounty.
Dec 2018
Jun 2019
PolySwarm’s second stable release currently has two main goals: expanding Offers and Bounties to handle a wider range of Artifact types (e.g. URLs and Network streams) and easing PolySwarm utilization for the Enterprise and Home User. Artifact type expansion in future PolySwarm releases should make it possible to handle, for example, automated phishing attempt detection of end user URLs by placing Bounties and Offers directly on hosted content. Extending PolySwarm’s protections directly to the endpoint will be a priority for post-Stable development. We anticipate developing an Open Source reference implementation of an Endpoint protection suite which automatically blocks malicious artifacts based on PolySwarm’s intelligence. We see this open agent framework as a key to widespread end user adoption.
Jun 2019