Management Team

Lastline was founded by top security professors and advanced malware researchers world-renown academics. The Lastline solution is based on 10+ years of APT research and the development of the popular Anubis and Wepawet advanced malware analysis services. Executives come from leadership positions within Fortinet, Trend Micro, Cisco, ISS, and RedSeal.

Lastline Management

Christopher Kruegel

Ph.D., Co-founder, and CEO
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Christopher Kruegel’s research interests focus on computer and communications security, with an emphasis on malware analysis and detection, web security, and intrusion detection. He is a Professor of Computer Science at UC Santa Barbara. Christopher has published more than 100 peer-reviewed papers in top computer security conferences and has been the recipient of the NSF CAREER Award, MIT Technology Review TR35 Award for young innovators, IBM Faculty Award, and several best paper awards. He regularly serves on program committees of leading computer security conferences. Christopher was the Program Committee Chair of the Usenix Workshop on Large Scale Exploits and Emergent Threats (LEET, 2011), the International Symposium on Recent Advances in Intrusion Detection (RAID, 2007), the ACM Workshop on Recurring Malcode (WORM, 2007), and the ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security (CCS 2016). He was also the head of a working group that advised the European Commission (EC) on defenses to mitigate future threats against the Internet and Europe's cyber-infrastructure.

Giovanni Vigna

Ph.D., Co-founder, and CTO
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Giovanni Vigna has been researching and developing security technology for more than 20 years, working on malware analysis, web security, vulnerability assessment, and intrusion detection. He is a Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of California in Santa Barbara and the director of the Center for CyberSecurity at UCSB. He is the author of more than two hundred publications, including peer-reviewed papers in journals, conferences, and workshop, a book on intrusion correlation, and (as an editor) a book on mobile code security. Giovanni has been the Program Chair of the International Symposium on Recent Advances in Intrusion Detection (RAID 2003), of the ISOC Symposium on Network and Distributed Systems Security (NDSS 2009), and of the IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy (in 2010 and 2011). He is known for organizing and running an annual inter-university Capture The Flag (iCTF) hacking contest that involves dozens of institutions and hundreds of students around the world. He also leads the Shellphish hacking team, which is the longest-running team playing at DefCon's CTF.

Engin Kirda

Ph.D., Co-Founder and Chief Architect

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In addition to being co-founder and chief architect at Lastline, Engin Kirda is a Professor at the Northeastern University in Boston, and the director of the Northeastern Information Assurance Institute. Before that, he has held faculty positions at Institute Eurecom in the French Riviera and the Technical University of Vienna where he co-founded the Secure Systems Lab that is now distributed over five institutions in Europe and US. Engin's recent research has focused on malware analysis (e.g., Anubis, Exposure, Fire) and detection, web application security, and practical aspects of social networking security. His recent work on the deanonymization of social network users received wide media coverage. He co-authored more than 110 peer-reviewed scholarly publications and served on program committees of numerous well-known international conferences and workshops.

Brian Laing

Vice President, Business Development & Products
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For more than 20 years, Brian Laing has shared his strategic business vision and technical leadership with a range of start-ups and established companies in various executive level roles. The author of “APT for Dummies,” he was previously vice president of AhnLab, where he directed the US operations of the internationally known security and software leader. Brian previously founded Hive Media where he served as CEO. He co-founded RedSeal Systems, where he conceived the overall design and features of the product and was granted two patents related to network security. He was also founder and CEO of self-funded Blade Software, who released the industry’s first commercial IPS/FW testing tool.

George Chitouras

Vice President, Engineering
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George Chitouras has over 25 years of experience in building and delivering top-quality technology products and solutions. He focuses on value by scaling up great teams and products as well as incubating new ideas. Prior to joining Lastline, George served in key product leadership roles at Pivotal and Greenplum (acquired by EMC) where he built big data and analytics products. Prior to Pivotal and Greenplum, George was vice president of engineering and R&D at Inxight (acquired by Business Objects and then SAP) where he focused on text analytics, search, natural language, and visualization products. Before Inxight, George was vice president of engineering at EBT International (EBTI) and Inso Corporation. George has BSCS degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Narayanan Iyer

Senior Director Finance/Controller
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Narayanan Iyer brings over 20+ years of experience managing finance and administration for start-ups to mid-sized companies. With the last 12+ years as Controller, he adds great experience and knowledge to the Lastline senior management team.

Narayanan has been at Lastline since October 2014. Prior to Lastline, he was Sr. Director, Finance/Controller at Vdopia (Fremont), Quri (San Francisco). Before that, he was Sr. Director, Finance at Rocket Fuel Inc. (Redwood City, CA), Iyer was the Controller at Mint Software (Mountain View, CA). Earlier in his career, he held senior level financial management positions with Blade Software, Inc., Adteractive, RedSeal Systems, Eyematic Interfaces, Inc. and Abeona Networks, Inc. He began his career as an Accounting Manager at Xoriant and Tekedge.

Narayanan earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Pune University with majors in Accounting and Auditing.

Bert Rankin

Chief Marketing Officer
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Bert Rankin has over 25 years of experience successfully bringing enterprise solutions to market. He has repeatedly demonstrated the ability to develop market leading brands, dramatically increase the sales pipeline, and translate customer requirements into compelling products. Prior to joining Lastline, Rankin served as Chief Marketing Officer of ThreatMetrix where he transformed the company into the leading online fraud prevention solution. He also held the senior-level marketing roles at Shopcreator Services Ltd., Callidus Software, Inc. and NetManage. His strong leadership skills combined with extensive domestic and international marketing experience have been instrumental in building world class marketing organizations that deliver exceptional results. Rankin earned a BA from Harvard University and an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business, with an emphasis in marketing and financial management.

Mark Strutner

Vice President Worldwide Sales
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Mark Strutner brings over 25 years of executive sales leadership. He has built company and shareholder value by successfully bringing technologies to market through detailed strategic planning, flawless execution, development of world class sales and technical service teams, and the delivery of predictable revenue streams. His wealth of experience includes security, risk management, threat detection and remediation, security information and event management (SIEM), as well as systems and network environment. As Vice President of Sales, Strutner has a proven track record of success driving growth and profitability. His accomplishments range from pre-money start-ups to organizations with billion-dollar revenue streams, with responsibility for both the Americas and Global sales.  Prior to Lastline, he has held senior executive sales positions at companies including ArcSight, Symantec, Veracode, IBM/Tivoli, Oracle and Resolution1 Security. Mark has a BS in finance from San Diego State University.