CrowdStrike’s Alex Ionescu Nominated for Pwnie Lifetime Achievement Award

Nomination comes on the heels of a decade of groundbreaking security research and distinguished accomplishments

IRVINE, Calif.--()--CrowdStrike, the leader in cloud-delivered next-generation endpoint protection, threat intelligence and response services, today announced that Alex Ionescu, vice president of Endpoint Detection and Response Strategy, has been nominated for a Pwnie Lifetime Achievement Award. This prestigious recognition honors his outstanding accomplishments in the past decade, spearheading groundbreaking research and developments in the security community. The Pwnie Lifetime Achievement award is one of the most prominent awards in the security industry, spotlighting luminaries and pioneers which led new approaches, discoveries, and best practices. The ceremony will take place on August 3, 2016 at Black Hat USA, on the same day he is set to present on Windows 10's new Linux subsystem and its security implications for both consumer and enterprise users.

As a former iPhone platform and iOS kernel engineer at Apple Inc., and a co-author of the best-selling “Windows Internals” book series, Alex Ionescu is a globally recognized operating systems expert with more than two dozen security-related speaking engagements in more than a decade of research. After serving as CrowdStrike’s chief architect, he was recently promoted to vice president of Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR) Strategy.

“It’s humbling to be recognized by this prestigious award among a list of celebrated peers and titans in our field, especially on the cusp of a new leadership role at CrowdStrike,” said Alex Ionescu, vice president of CrowdStrike EDR Strategy. “CrowdStrike’s EDR solution provides the greatest range of visibility into threat activity compared to any vendor in the EDR space. I am proud to have the opportunity to drive the development and the go-to market of CrowdStrike’s industry-leading EDR solution and excited about upcoming capabilities we will be delivering in this space.”

As part of its Summer platform release, CrowdStrike announced the enhanced visibility within its endpoint detection and response (EDR) solution, adding eight new system events across three new categories: Scheduled Tasks, Firewall Activity and User Account Creation Activity, bringing the total to 240 continuously recorded events across 27 categories -- the most extensive in the industry. CrowdStrike Falcon™ Platform’s EDR feature recently received the highest scoring in all five use cases evaluated by Gartner for its comparative assessment called Comparison of Endpoint Detection and Response Technologies and Solutions.

“Alex is one of the brightest technical minds in the security industry with a real talent for pioneering new approaches and technologies, with deep experience in the OS space,” said Dmitri Alperovitch, CrowdStrike’s co-founder and chief technology officer. “We are thrilled to have him drive our EDR strategy as CrowdStrike continues to set the standard for speed, efficacy, and effectiveness.”

Alex Ionescu will be presenting at Black Hat on Wednesday, August 3, 2016 at 10:10 am PT. His session is titled “The Linux Kernel Hidden Inside Windows 10.”

About CrowdStrike

CrowdStrike is the leader in next-generation endpoint protection, threat intelligence and response services. CrowdStrike’s core technology, the CrowdStrike Falcon™ platform, stops breaches by preventing and responding to all types of attacks – both malware and malware-free. CrowdStrike has revolutionized endpoint protection by being the first and only company to unify three crucial elements: next-generation AV, endpoint detection and response (EDR), and a 24/7 managed hunting service — all enriched by intelligence and uniquely delivered via the cloud in a single integrated solution. Falcon uses the patent-pending CrowdStrike Threat Graph™ to analyze and correlate billions of events in real time, providing complete protection and five-second visibility across all endpoints. Many of the world’s largest organizations already put their trust in CrowdStrike, including three of the 10 largest global companies by revenue, five of the 10 largest financial institutions, three of the top 10 health care providers, and three of the top 10 energy companies. CrowdStrike Falcon is currently deployed in more than 176 countries.

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Ilina Dimitrova, 202-340-0517
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CrowdStrike’s Alex Ionescu nominated for Pwnie Lifetime Achievement Award.

Contacts

Media
CrowdStrike
Ilina Dimitrova, 202-340-0517
ilina.dimitrova@crowdstrike.com