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.

Christopher Kruegel
Ph.D., Co-founder, and CEO

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., AnubisExposureFire) 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.

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.

Narayanan Iyer
Senior Director Finance/Controller

Narayanan Iyer brings over 20+ years of experience managing finance and administration for start-ups to mid-sized companies, including over 12 year as Controller. Narayanan joined Lastline in October 2014. Prior to Lastline, he was Sr. Director, Finance/Controller at Vdopia, and Quri. Before that, Narayanan was Sr. Director, Finance at Rocket Fuel Inc. and the Controller at Mint Software. Earlier in his career, Narayanan 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

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.

Irene Lefton
VP Customer Success

For over 25 years, Irene Lefton has been growing revenue for companies by helping customers realize value. Known for understanding both the big picture and the details from the customer point of view, she has built global teams in support, professional services, and customer success. Prior to joining Lastline, Irene was advising early stage startups, helping them to create customer-focused cultures and processes. She has held leadership roles across many complex vertical industries spending time at both startups, including MontaVista and Cloud Cruiser, and in large enterprises including Transamerica and PriceWaterhouse. Irene earned a BA in Economics and an MBA from the University of New Mexico, and is currently finishing her business book titled, “Who Speaks for the Customer?”.

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