CounterCraft Brings World-Class Active Defense Technology to U.S. Department of Defense

DIU is working with CounterCraft to prototype and deliver deception-powered threat intelligence capabilities to operational units

Washington, D.C. – January 25, 2021 – CounterCraft, the global leader in deception-powered threat intelligence and active defense technology, has been awarded an Other Transaction (OT) agreement by the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) to dramatically enhance cyber threat detection and intelligence-gathering capabilities. DIU prototyped CounterCraft’s capabilities in the use of deception technology to prevent cyber attacks targeting the U.S.  Department  of Defense (DoD).

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CounterCraft’s award-winning and innovative Cyber Deception Platform uses sophisticated deception environments to detect and alert unauthorized adversarial activity. This month, CounterCraft officially launched a U.S. branch of the business under the leadership of a new Chief Growth Officer, Amyn Gilani, and backed by investment from In-Q-Tel. Former Vice President of Product at 4iQ, with experience at the NSA, Goldman Sachs and the Air Force, Amyn is a respected thought leader in the tech security sector.

“The contract with DIU went forward in record time,” said David Barroso, co-founder and CEO of CounterCraft. “It’s impressive to see our technology adopted at the speed of relevance by one of the world’s top cybersecurity powers.”

DIU is an organization within the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) focused on identifying novel commercial technology solutions and deploying them rapidly across the Department. CounterCraft will work with the DIU and various U.S. operational units to enhance the mission effectiveness of military personnel by providing DoD cybersecurity operators with access to CounterCraft’s platform-based technology, capable of withstanding an ongoing cyber attack, and gathering proactive intelligence about malicious actors.

“The capability to elicit high-grade threat intel from cyber attackers is a game changer,” said David Barroso. “US cyber operators repeated use of the CounterCraft capability provides

validation of our vision and security engineering, and is a source of great pride for our company. We are expanding our U.S. footprint to support forward-leaning clients looking for  the best in security innovation.”

CounterCraft recently raised additional funding from venture capital firms including cybersecurity-specific funds Adara Ventures, eCAPITAL, In-Q-Tel and Evolution  Equity,  bringing the total investment to date to $10 million. The DIU and DoD join CounterCraft’s roster of numerous Fortune500 clients and partners operating in the financial, critical infrastructure and government sectors.

About CounterCraft

CounterCraft is the next generation of threat intelligence. The CounterCraft Cyber Deception Platform offers active defense powered by high-interaction deception technology. Countercraft detects threats early, collects personalized, actionable intelligence, and enables organizations  to defend their valuable data in real time. Their award-winning solution, fully integrated with MITRE ATT&CK®, fits seamlessly into existing security strategies and uses powerful  automation features to reduce operator workload. Founded in 2015, CounterCraft is present in London, New York, New York and Madrid, with R&D in San Sebastian, Spain. Learn more at

About DIU

Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) accelerates the adoption of commercial technology and methodologies into the U.S. military to strengthen our nation’s security. With offices in Silicon Valley, Boston, Austin, and the Pentagon, DIU connects the Department of Defense customers with leading technology companies to prototype and transition commercial solutions into the field within 12 to 24 months. Learn more at