GEORGE KURTZ, COFOUNDER, CEO
When the Democratic national Committee suspected it had suffered a cyberattack last year, it turned to George Kurtz to figure out what went wrong. Kurtz and his firm, Crowdstrike, examined the Dnc’s networks and discovered that the organization had fallen victim to hackers affiliated with the russian government.
“The mission we’re really focused on is fighting the bad guys and protecting our customers,” says Kurtz. “being able to identify a foreign adversary in those systems using our technology is a testament to what we built.”
Kurtz and cofounders Dmitri alperovitch and Gregg marston couldn’t have hoped for better advertising than the public attention around Crowdstrike’s role investigating the DNC hack. based in sunnyvale, California, Crowdstrike has seen subscriptions to its antihacker software shoot up 476% in a year while its number of million-dollar contracts quintupled. its software uses ai to spot anomalies and determine the best plan of defense. it makes those decisions by drawing from a deep library: its database records and analyzes over 40 billion events each day.