Shape Security Hires WildFire Creator Dr. Xinran Wang as Chief Security
Malware Research Leader Brings Nine Years of Security Research
Experience at Palo Alto Networks to Shape
MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 10/03/13 -- Shape Security, a
startup developing a new type of web security technology, today
announced that Dr. Xinran Wang has joined the company as chief
security scientist. Wang will drive research and development efforts
and help strengthen the company's cyber-attack research team. Founded
in 2011 by leaders from Google, the Pentagon, and major defense
contractors, Shape has assembled a highly accomplished team. Over the
past year, the company has recruited several key executives,
including Google's former click fraud czar and Cisco's former VP of
Wang joins the team from Palo Alto Networks, where he headed malware
research and led the design and development of the WildFire product.
With over nine years of experience in security research and 14
patents in crimeware, botnet, and malicious domain/IP detection, he
is an authority on modern malware detection. Wang has been invited to
speak at top security conferences including Black Hat, Virus
Bulletin, Usenix security, and the ACM conference on Computer and
Communications Security (CCS). His academic papers have been cited
over 500 times.
"As the driving force behind Palo Alto Networks' WildFire technology,
Dr. Wang is one of the most talented security scientists in the
world," said Shape Security CEO Derek Smith. "After seeing him build
a strong competitor in the anti-malware space from scratch, we knew
we wanted to have him at Shape. As our chief security scientist, his
work will ensure that our technology handles attacks which today
cannot be defended against by any other products."
Wang previously started a company (http://dayzerosystems.com) based
on his doctoral research while attending Pennsylvania State
University, where he earned a Ph.D. in computer science with a focus
on system and software security. Earlier in his career, he was a
software engineer at IBM.
"Shape's technology is going to completely change how companies
implement, and even how they think about, security," said Dr. Wang.
"I am excited to join such an amazing team and work on such an
interesting set of new and challenging problems."
About Shape Security
Based in Mountain View, California, Shape
Security is a startup developing a new category of web security
products. The company has raised $26 million in Series A and B
funding from Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Venrock, Google
Ventures, Allegis Capital, Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt's
TomorrowVentures, former Symantec CEO Enrique Salem, and top
executives from LinkedIn, Twitter, Square, and Dropbox. Shape has a
world-class team hailing from Google, the Pentagon, Cisco, VMware,
major defense contractors, and other leading corporations. The
company's patent-pending technology will provide customers with a
fundamentally better approach to protecting websites against modern
web attacks. Shape is hiring. Visit http://shapesecurity.com to learn
Vitor Souza for Shape Security
415-963-4174 ext. 5
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