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Area 1: How Phish are Done

How do you build a company that stops cyberattacks? You start with a simple purpose: Stop Phishing.

Phishing emails may represent a small share of traffic, but they’re the root cause of 95% of damages in cybersecurity incidents. Whether it’s malware, BEC, ransomware, or the rest of a long list, the root cause of loss nearly always starts with a phish. For bad actors, breaching is easy: one click on an email is all it takes.

Phishing attacks always bypass Cloud email and legacy Secure Email Gateways (SEGs). So at Area 1, we developed an entirely new and unique approach to battling attacks. We follow, find, and finish off phish before they can reach your users’ inboxes.

Who We Are

Founded 2014
Led by NSA Alumni.
Funded by top VCS.

Built to Scale
4.1B messages processed.
Growing > 150% /year

Trusted Worldwide

17 Patents
Advanced threat detection

Our Investors

Behind Area 1 Security, you’ll find top tier investors and industry leaders.

The solution for phish won’t come in the form of SEGs or end-user human judgment. Instead, automation and better machines must be the solution for approaching cyber attacks for what they actually are: routine assembly line operations, neither extraordinary nor insurmountable to defeat.

Co-founder & Chairman | Area 1 Security

Our Inspiration

Area 1 is rooted in our founders’ experience in national security — including gaining advanced insight into potential missile strikes to preempt those attacks before launch. In other words — preempting attacks while in enemy territory.

This proactive approach, when applied to cybersecurity, shifts the email security industry paradigm.

You can no longer afford to get Phished first, then respond after. Area 1’s enhanced detection models go into the wild to preemptively detect and thwart sophisticated attacks like Business Email Compromise, malware, credential harvesting, and other financial fraud that evade email gateways (SEGs) and cloud email suites.

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Our Approach

Unlike SEGs, cloud email suites, sender authentication standards and user awareness programs, Area 1 preemptively tracks phishing campaigns in their formative stages—while they are being built.

That’s how we enable you to stop phishing campaigns before they reach your users—and before bad actors gain access to your sensitive data.

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Trusted by Global Leaders

Area 1 is the leading pure-play anti-phishing service. Our customers range from early stage leaders, to  global Fortune 500 enterprises, to U.S. Presidential and Senatorial campaigns; our customer satisfaction consistently measures better than 98 percent.

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The Defense You Deserve

Area 1 is the only security provider that dares to focus on accountability: Pay only for the phish we catch. Period.

With Area 1’s Pay-Per-Phish pricing model, you’ll experience the industry’s first and only accountable, performance-based protection to stop phishing attacks.

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Our Leadership

Patrick Sweeney


CEO and President, Area 1

Before joining Area 1 in 2020, Patrick Sweeney served as CEO of Talari Networks, where he reinvigorated the company’s market leadership and completed the successful sale of the company to Oracle, Inc. Before Talari/Oracle, from 2001-2017, Patrick played key executive management roles in taking SonicWall private under Thoma Bravo; the acquisition of SonicWall by Dell Inc., and the divestiture of SonicWall to Francisco Partners. While at Dell Inc., Patrick served as vice president for the Dell Security Group and Dell Software Group.


Patrick also brings extensive high-tech industry experience in corporate marketing, product management and product marketing. He holds a BA from Tulane University and an MBA from Santa Clara University.

Oren Falkowitz


Founder and Chairman of the Board
Oren Falkowitz is a serial entrepreneur and cybersecurity industry visionary. He led Area 1 Security as its co-founder and CEO for the first seven years, with the mission to discover and eliminate targeted phishing attacks before they cause damage. Previously, he held senior positions at the National Security Agency (NSA) and United States Cyber Command (USCYBERCOM), where he focused on Computer Network Operations & Big Data. That’s where he realized the immense need for preemptive cybersecurity. Oren holds numerous patents and is an avid fan of Bowtie Thursdays.


Blake J. Darché


CSO and Co-founder
Blake J. Darché is a Co-Founder and the Chief Security Officer at Area 1 Security. Prior to this, he worked at CrowdStrike as a Principal Consultant, and at the National Security Agency as a Computer Network Exploitation Analyst. Blake holds an MS degree in Security Informatics from The Johns Hopkins University and a BS in Information Technology from the Rochester Institute of Technology. Blake has built his career across a range of information security skill areas, including experience in both offense and defense.


Phil Syme


CTO and Co-founder
Phil Syme has 22 years of information technology experience. His areas of expertise include system architecture, data processing at scale, and cloud technologies. Phil was previously a Chief Engineer at Next Century Corporation, co-founder and Principal Engineer at eSymmetrix, and co-authored two introductory programming books. He holds a B.S. in Mathematics and Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University School of Computer Science.


Shalabh Mohan


VP, Products & Marketing
With a career spanning 20 years fighting bad guys online, Shalabh leads all product and go-to-market functions at Area 1 Security, with extensive prior experience across security, enterprise, and cloud infrastructure companies such as Aspen Networks, IronPort Systems, Cisco, Bracket Computing. Shalabh and his teams have taken products from conception all the way to large scale businesses; and in the process have consistently helped make the Internet a safer place. An alumnus of Stanford University and University of Texas at Austin, Shalabh is a holder of 5 patents and can claim to know something about enterprise infrastructure, security and complex price modeling. An avid sports nut and a bigger fantasy football fanatic, Shalabh is known to get severely distracted by travel, books, movies and food.


Paul East


VP, Engineering
As Vice President of Engineering at Area 1 Security, Paul is responsible for all engineering and operations. He holds a BS in Computer Science from NC State University, and an MBA from Kenan-Flagler Business School. Paul brings to us over 16 years of experience in building and leading security product development. Prior to joining Area 1 Security, Paul led Engineering teams at Spirent and OneLogin.


Hussain Al-Shorafa


Hussain Al-Shorafa brings nearly 20 years of technology sales expertise to Area 1, with a particular focus on enterprise sales, large deal negotiation, and customer advocacy programs. While at Symantec, he led the organization’s largest sales region to deliver $63 million in revenue, along with nearly 40 percent YoY new business growth. He also developed new analytics methodology that resulted in identifying $128 million in revenue opportunity. Additionally, prior to joining Area 1, Hussain held key leadership and sales positions at Aporeto (backed by Norwest Venture Partners), and EMC (now Dell EMC).

Hussain holds a Bachelor of Science from New York University, and earned his Global Executive MBA from NYU-Leonard N. Stern School of Business, London School of Economics and HEC Paris Business School.

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