Dmitri Alperovitch

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Dmitri Alperovitch
Dmitri Alperovitch.jpg
Moscow, U.S.S.R.
ResidenceWashington DC, US
Alma materGeorgia Institute of Technology
OccupationCo-founder & CTO, CrowdStrike Inc.
Senior Fellow, Atlantic Council
VP, Threat Research, McAfee, Inc.
EmployerCrowdStrike, Inc.
Known forDemocratic National Committee cyber attacks,
Operation Aurora,
Operation Shady RAT
AwardsFortune 40 Under 40 (2017),
Politico 50 (2016),
TR35 (2013),
FP Top 100 Global Thinkers (2013)

Dmitri Alperovitch is a Russian-American computer security industry executive. He is co-founder and chief technology officer of CrowdStrike. In August 2011, as vice president of threat research at McAfee, he published Operation Shady RAT, a report on suspected Chinese intrusions into at least 72 organizations, including defense contractors, businesses worldwide, the United Nations and the International Olympic Committee.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Alperovitch was born in Moscow in 1980. In 1990, his parents moved to Maryland for a nuclear safety training program, but he stayed behind in the USSR — by law — to make sure his parents did not defect. In 1994, the whole family moved to Chattanooga. Alperovitch earned a B.S. in computer science in 2001, and a M.S. in information security in 2003, both from Georgia Institute of Technology.


Alperovitch worked at a number of computer security startups in the late 1990s and early 2000s, including e-mail security startup CipherTrust, where he was one of the leading inventors of the TrustedSource reputation system. Upon acquisition of CipherTrust by Secure Computing in 2006, he led the research team and launched the Software-as-a-Service business for the company. Alperovitch took over as vice president of threat research at McAfee, when the company acquired Secure Computing in 2008.

In January 2010, he led the investigation into Operation Aurora, the Chinese intrusions into Google and two dozen other companies.[2] Subsequently, he led the investigation of Night Dragon espionage operation of the Western multinational oil and gas companies, and traced them to Song Zhiyue, a Chinese national living in Heze City, Shandong Province.[3]

In late 2011, along with entrepreneur George Kurtz[4][5] and Gregg Marston, Dmitri Alperovitch co-founded and became the chief technology officer of CrowdStrike,[6] a security technology company focused on helping enterprises and governments protect their intellectual property and secrets against cyberespionage and cybercrime. CrowdStrike has brought on board senior FBI executives, such as Shawn Henry, former executive assistant director (EAD) of the FBI's Criminal, Cyber, Response and Services Branch, and Steve Chabinsky, former deputy assistant director of the FBI's Cyber Division. CrowdStrike has received $256 million in funding from Warburg Pincus, Accel Partners, and Google Capital.

Alperovitch was awarded the prestigious Federal 100 Award for his contributions to the U.S. federal information security [7] and was recognized in 2013 and 2015 as one of Washingtonian (magazine)'s Tech Titans for his accomplishments in the field of cybersecurity.

In August 2013, he was selected as one of MIT Technology Review's Top 35 Innovators Under 35, an award previously won by Larry Page, Sergey Brin, and Mark Zuckerberg [8]

In 2016, Politico Magazine featured him as one of “Politico 50” influential thinkers, doers and visionaries transforming American politics[9]

In 2017, Fortune magazine listed Alperovitch in "40 Under 40" annual ranking of the most influential young people in business, along with Emmanuel Macron, Mark Zuckerberg and Serena Williams.[10]

He is a Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council think tank and was named in December 2013 as one of Foreign Policy's Top 100 Leading Global Thinkers, along with Angela Merkel, John Kerry, Ben Bernanke and Jeff Bezos [11]


  1. ^ Jim Finkle (2011-08-03). "State actor seen in "enormous" range of cyber attacks". Reuters. Retrieved 2011-08-03.
  2. ^ Kim Zetter (2010-01-14). "Google Hack Attack Was Ultra Sophisticated, New Details Show". Wired. Retrieved 2012-11-23.
  3. ^ Nathan Hodge and Adam Entous (2011-02-10). "Oil Firms Hit by Hackers From China, Report Says". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2012-11-23.
  4. ^ George Kurtz, President/CEO & co-founder of CrowdStrike
  5. ^ "Standing up at the gates of hell: CrowdStrike CEO George Kurtz". Fortune. 29 July 2015.
  6. ^ CrowdStrike
  7. ^ "Federal 100: Dmitri Alperovitch". FCW. 2011-03-28. Retrieved 2012-11-23.
  8. ^ "35 Innovators Under 35 2013". MIT Technology Review. 2013-08-21. Retrieved 2013-08-23..
  9. ^ "Dmitri Alperovitch (Politico 50)". POLITICO Magazine. 2017. Retrieved 12 September 2016.
  10. ^ "Dmitri Alperovitch (Fortune 40 Under 40)". Fortune Magazine. 2017. Retrieved 24 August 2017.
  11. ^ "Top 100 Leading Global Thinkers". Foreign Policy. 2013-10-09. Retrieved 2013-10-09..

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