Malwarebytes is ready for big business

One of the highlights of attending SpiceWorld 2014 in Austin was when I got the chance to speak with two executives from Malwarebytes, Head of Malware Intelligence Adam Kujawa and CEO Marcin Kleczynski. We talked about their origins, business software and company culture.



Malwarebytes made their name by detecting and removing fakeav and ransomware software, but Adam says that isn't their main focus anymore: "We go where the threat is." Their big focus recently has been PUPs or potentially unwanted programs. When I asked how they identify PUPs and if they ever had anyone call them disputing their status as a PUP, they said it was fairly common. Malwarebytes identifies PUPs using a list of criteria. If your program does any of the things on this list, then you get flagged as a PUP. Simple as that.


Recently, they've been trying to get the word out about their business software. Most people have heard of Malwarebytes as a protection program. "You can't be a person who lives on the internet and not have heard of Malwarebytes," says Adam. Marcin said, "People are coming to our booth and saying �Oh, Malwarebytes, I've heard of you. You have business software?' "


At their booth, I saw a demo of their management console and it is pretty slick. They use a SQL Express database on the main system and each node can be managed from there. You can see detection logs and push updates from the server. It was all very easy to use and understand. The ease of use, along with the great detection Malwarebytes offers, makes this a really powerful tool. At only $49.95 per year per seat it isn't going to break the bank either. Click the link to check out Malwarebytes for Business.


Malwarebytes is unique for a smaller company because they have employees in every corner of the globe. Adam is based in Texas, but his team is all over the world. Much of their development team is in Florida, and they have some people in the Philippines as well.


This type of setup seems to be becoming more and more common with newer companies, but it comes with unique challenges. They keep in touch with Uberconference and Hipchat, but sometimes that is not enough. Every year, Malwarebytes has a summit where all the employees get together under one roof, all paid for by the company (some restrictions apply of course). They have a great company culture and it looks like there's nowhere to go but up for them.


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