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CrowdStrike Appoints Colin Black as Chief Information Officer to Support Accelerating Growth and Continued International Expansion
Irvine, CA – November 30, 2015 – CrowdStrike Inc., provider of the first true Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) based next-generation endpoint protection platform, today announced it has appointed Colin Black as the company’s first chief information officer (CIO).
Black brings more than 25 years’ experience in the IT space to CrowdStrike, having previously served in CIO positions with Kratos Defense and Security Inc., a billion-dollar defense contractor, Cymer, Inc., and Mindspeed Technologies. In his role as CIO for CrowdStrike, Black will be focused on leading the infrastructure expansion of the CrowdStrike Falcon Platform, as well as scaling internal systems and processes to keep pace with geographic expansion. He will report directly to CrowdStrike’s Chief Executive Officer George Kurtz.
“Colin has a proven track record in building teams, systems architecture, large scale enterprise software implementation, as well as aligning processes and tools with business requirements,” said Kurtz. “He will play a key role in helping our company grow and scale so that our infrastructure can sustain the demands and requirements of our customers and employees. In addition, his strong business knowledge in operations and IT governance will help maintain our compliance with the ever-changing landscape of local and international legal and regulatory laws, and ensure that our IT priorities are set and aligned with our business strategy.”
“As a former customer of CrowdStrike and user of their Falcon Platform during my tenure as CIO with a previous company, I can vouch first-hand that CrowdStrike’s technology is several years ahead of the competition in delivering advanced malware and non-malware prevention and system visibility previously only dreamed of,” said Black. “CrowdStrike is delivering true next-generation endpoint and setting the standard for the rest of the industry. I’m extremely excited about joining such a dynamic company and look forward to supporting its mission to protect companies from breaches and to disrupt the legacy anti-virus industry.”
Black began his career as a quantum physicist and graduated from Glasgow University in Scotland with a bachelor of science in Electronics Engineering, specializing in Nano-Electronics.
CrowdStrike™ is a cybersecurity technology firm pioneering cloud delivered next-generation endpoint protection and services. The CrowdStrike Falcon platform stops breaches by preventing, detecting and responding to all attacks types, at every stage – even malware-free intrusions. The CrowdStrike Cloud, harnessing a unique Threat Graph powered by threat intelligence, enables five-second visibility and complete protection across all endpoints while reducing cost and complexity for customers. CrowdStrike customers include many of the world’s largest organizations, including two of the ten largest global companies by revenue according to Fortune Magazine, four of the ten largest financial institutions, two of the top ten energy companies, and three of the top ten health care providers. Let us show you how we stop breaches: www.crowdstrike.com.