Endpoint protection vendor, CrowdStrike, has expanded its presence into the Asia Pacific market and hired Mike Sentonas as its new vice president of technology strategy.
Sentonas will report to the US-based vendor’s co-founder and CTO, Dmitri Alperovitch and will oversee its growing customer and partner network.
Prior to joining CrowdStrike, Sentonas worked for Intel Security as its chief technology and strategy officer.
The vendor launched its Australian operation following on from $US100 million Series C funding led by Google Capital last year. Other investors involve Warburg Pincus, Accel and Rackspace.
“We’re seeing significant growth in APAC, and Australia in particular is an extremely important market for us,” CrowdStrike co-founder and CEO, George Kurtz, said.
CrowdStrike already counts Telstra as a local customer, and it recently added new features to enhance its Falcon platform that includes new APIs and ransomware protection capabilities. The platform stops breaches by preventing and responding to all types of attacks and features a 24/7 managed hunting service as well as the ability to analyse and correlate billions of events in real time.
“The opportunity to work with George and Dmitri and the team they have built at CrowdStrike is incredibly exciting. Their focus is to stop breaches and the team is on a mission to challenge the traditional thinking in security and innovate to solve customer problems,” Sentonas said.In addition to Sentonas, CrowdStrike has also made other strategic hires to support regional growth, including the appointment of Simon Walker as senior director of marketing, APAC. Walker was previously director of marketing, APAC at Forcepoint.