Management Team

The People Behind Lastline

Lastline has assembled a world-class management team dedicated to promoting innovative enterprise security solutions that eliminate costly data breaches.

John DiLullo

John DiLullo has nearly 30 years of demonstrated success in enterprise security, networking, cloud, and AI, plus go-to-market expertise spanning sales, marketing, customer success, technical support, and operations. His career includes extensive time domestically and abroad with market leaders such as Cisco Systems, Avaya, SonicWall, and Aruba Networks serving customers large and small through traditional and emerging channels. Prior to joining Lastline, John was the EVP for F5 Network’s $2B+ Worldwide Sales and Customer Operations, delivering improved application performance and security solutions to Enterprise and Service Provider data centers and public cloud environments. John is an avid technologist, an author, an entrepreneur, an innovator, and an accomplished public speaker. Over the course of his career John’s special devotion has always been to improving the customer experience and embracing specialized routes to market for transformational business solutions. John holds two patents, is fluent in Spanish, has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Villanova University, is a former Stanford University Fellow, and has more than 5 million frequent flyer miles.

Christopher Kruegel
Ph.D., Co-founder and Chief Product Officer

Christopher Kruegel’s research interests focus on computer and communications security, with an emphasis on malware analysis and detection, web security, and intrusion detection. Christopher is a Professor of Computer Science at UC Santa Barbara. He 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. Christopher regularly serves on program committees of leading computer security conferences including: 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

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. Giovanni is currently a Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of California in Santa Barbara and is the director of the Computer Security Group at UCSB. He is the author of more than 200 publications, including peer-reviewed papers in journals, conferences, and workshops, 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. Giavanni 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

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, Engin held faculty positions at the 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. Engin co-authored more than 110 peer-reviewed scholarly publications and served on program committees of numerous well-known international conferences and workshops.

Brian Laing
Chief Revenue Officer

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,” Brian was previously vice president of AhnLab, where he directed the US operations of the internationally known security and software leader. He founded Hive Media and served as CEO. As the co-founder of RedSeal Systems, Brian conceived of the overall design and features of the product and was granted two patents related to network security. Brian was also founder and CEO of self-funded Blade Software that released the industry’s first commercial IPS/FW testing tool.

Bert Rankin
Chief Marketing Officer

Bert Rankin has over 25 years of experience successfully bringing enterprise solutions to market. Bert has repeatedly demonstrated the ability to develop market-leading brands, dramatically expand 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. Bert 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. Bert earned a BA from Harvard University and an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business, with an emphasis in marketing and financial management.

Ananth Avva
CFO and Head of Business Operations

Ananth Avva brings over 15 years of experience in finance, sales, and operations to his role at Lastline’s CFO. Known for versatility and ability to execute across several functions, Mr. Avva compliments core finance skills with product management, cost management, deal negotiation, pricing, debt and equity financing, M&A, and leadership capabilities. He carries a strong customer-facing bias, with success in both domestic and international arenas. Prior to joining Lastline he served as COO and CFO for work management software provider, Wrike. Previously he held senior positions at LiveOps, Google, Voyant Advisors, and KPMG. Mr. Avva also serves as an Adjunct Professor of Strategic Cost Management at Golden Gate University.

George Chitouras
Vice President, Engineering

George Chitouras has over 25 years of experience in building and delivering high-quality technology products and solutions. George focuses on value by assembling great teams and products as well as incubating new ideas. Before joining Lastline, George served in key product leadership roles at Pivotal and Greenplum (acquired by EMC) where he built big data and analytics products. George also served as 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 George’s stint at Inxight, he served as Vice President of Engineering at EBT International (EBTI) and Inso Corporation. George has a BSCS degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

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