Hacker Be­ware

GE­ORGE KURTZ, CO­FOUNDER, CEO

Forbes - - DIGITAL DOWNPOUR - —S.M.

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.

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