Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Former FBI Agent Joins IT Startup

Story first appeared in The Wall Street Journal.
The FBI’s former top cyber cop is joining an upstart computer security firm that aims to guard firms targeted by foreign intelligence services.

The cyber cop, who garnered attention last month when he said the U.S. is not winning the battle against hackers, has joined CrowdStrike, Inc., to lead a unit that will provide instant response for hacking incidents, and identify those trying to compromise computer systems.

The formation of Irvine, Calif.-based CrowdStrike was announced earlier this year by the CEO, a former McAfee executive.

A start-up is an unusual choice for someone coming from a senior FBI position. His last three predecessors all took security jobs with Fortune 500 firms.

The former cyber cop states that he wants to stay in the fight against hackers, but in the private sector, which he has long argued does not do enough to protect sensitive corporate data and intellectual property from cyber intruders.

Ideally, CrowdStrike will service all types of corporations, both private sector and government sector, and any entities with wide-ranging networks. The company will focus on security solutions within a network to curb computer hacking.

He will be president of CrowdStrike Services, one of three divisions of the new company. In a statement, the CEO said he and the cyber cop share a belief that industry can’t rely on the government alone to address the problem of targeted intrusions.

The other two parts of the company are an Intelligence team, and a Technology office.

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