Dmitri Alperovitch

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Dmitri Alperovitch
Alperovitch in 2022
Born
Dmitri Mikhailovich Alperovitch

1980 (age 43–44)
Moscow, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
NationalityAmerican
Alma materGeorgia Institute of Technology
Occupation(s)Co-founder and chairman of Silverado Policy Accelerator
EmployerSilverado Policy Accelerator
Known for
Awards
  • Fortune 40 Under 40 (2017)
  • Politico 50 (2016)
  • TR35 (2013)
  • FP Top 100 Global Thinkers (2013)

Dmitri Alperovitch (born 1980) is an American think-tank founder, author, investor, philanthropist, podcast host and former computer security industry executive. He is the chairman of Silverado Policy Accelerator, a geopolitics think-tank in Washington, D.C., and a co-founder and former chief technology officer of CrowdStrike. Alperovitch is a naturalized U.S. citizen born in Russia who came to the United States in 1994 with his family.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Born in Moscow in the Russian SFSR, a constituent republic of the Soviet Union, Alperovitch is a U.S. citizen.[2] In 1994, his father was granted a visa to Canada, and a year later the family moved to Chattanooga, Tennessee.[3] Alperovitch earned a BS in computer science in 2001, and a MS in information security in 2003, both from Georgia Institute of Technology. It was the school's first graduate degree in information security.[4]

Career[edit]

Alperovitch worked at a number of computer security startups in the late 1990s and early 2000s, including e-mail security startup CipherTrust,[4] where he was one of the leading inventors of the TrustedSource reputation system.[5] Upon acquisition of CipherTrust by Secure Computing in 2006,[6] 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[7] at McAfee, when the company acquired Secure Computing in 2008.[8]

In January 2010, he led the investigation into Operation Aurora, the Chinese intrusions into Google and two dozen other companies.[9] 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.[10]

In August 2011, 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.[11]

CrowdStrike[edit]

In late 2011, along with entrepreneur George Kurtz and Gregg Marston, Dmitri Alperovitch co-founded and became the chief technology officer of CrowdStrike,[12] a security technology company focused on helping enterprises and governments protect their intellectual property and secrets against cyberespionage and cybercrime.

In 2015, CapitalG (formerly Google Capital), led a $100 million capital drive for CrowdStrike.[13] The firm 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. By May 2017, CrowdStrike had received $256 million in funding from Warburg Pincus, Accel Partners, and Google Capital and its stock was valued at just under $1 billion.[13]

In June 2019, the company made an initial public offering (IPO) on the NASDAQ, which valued the company at over $10 billion.[14][15]

Silverado Policy Accelerator[edit]

In February 2020, Alperovitch left CrowdStrike to launch the Silverado Policy Accelerator,[16] a nonprofit focused on solving policy challenges connected to great power competition between the U.S. and its adversaries. The organization focuses in particular on policy issues related to cybersecurity, international trade and industrial security, and economic and environmental security. Silverado Policy Accelerator launched in March 2021 with Alperovitch as its executive chairman.[17]

In December 2021, Alperovitch correctly predicted the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine, which began in February 2022.[18]

On November 11, 2022, he was personally sanctioned by Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Russia) and banned from entry to Russia, along with David Petraeus, James Stavridis and Ian Bremmer.[19]

U.S. Government[edit]

Alperovitch is an inaugural member of the Cyber Safety Review Board, an independent U.S. government board setup by Presidential Executive Order in 2021 with responsibility for cybersecurity incident investigations.[20][21]

In March 2022, he was appointed a member of Homeland Security Advisory Council.[22]

Alperovitch has also served as a Special Advisor to the Department of Defense.[23]

Board Memberships[edit]

Alperovitch is the chairman of the board of directors of Automox, a cloud-based IT operations company[24] and a board member of Dragos, a company that provides cybersecurity solutions for industrial controls systems.[25]

Philanthropy[edit]

In October 2021, Alperovitch announced the launch of the Alperovitch Institute for Cybersecurity Studies[26] to be based at the Johns Hopkins University's Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies. The institute will offer Master of Arts and doctor of philosophy degrees in cybersecurity studies and policy, and an Executive Education program for private sector and government leaders.[27]

Podcasting[edit]

Following the Russian invasion of Ukraine in 2022, Alperovitch became the host of Geopolitics Decanted podcast, where he discusses current geopolitical events with military experts, historians, economists and political scientists.[28] Dmitri is also an occasional guest on the Risky Business IT Security podcast to provide his insights into the field and Geopolitics [29]

Books[edit]

World on the Brink[edit]

Alperovitch is an author, along with Garrett Graff, of an upcoming book World on the Brink: How America Can Beat China in the Race for the Twenty-First Century.[30]

The book will be released in the United States on April 30, 2024. It lays out the case for why China's Xi Jinping is preparing to conquer Taiwan in the coming years and the dire stakes for America and the whole world if he is not deterred.

The book argues that we are already in the midst of Cold War II, with China, and that Taiwan is the perilous strategic flashpoint of this new conflict that risks triggering a devastating war between major nuclear powers in a similar role that West Berlin nearly played during Cold War I. It offers a comprehensive strategy to deter war and maintain U.S. place as the world's leading superpower in the face of rising China.

Awards[edit]

Alperovitch was awarded the prestigious Federal 100 Award for his contributions to the U.S. federal information security[31] and was recognized in 2013 and 2015 as one of Washingtonian'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.[32]

In 2016, Politico Magazine featured him as one of "Politico 50" influential thinkers, doers, and visionaries transforming U.S. politics.[33]

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.[34]

He 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.[35]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Poulsen, Kevin (September 25, 2019). "The Truth About Trump's Insane Ukraine 'Server' Conspiracy". The Daily Beast. Retrieved September 27, 2019.
  2. ^ "CrowdStrike CEO says company is 'nonpartisan,' issues 2020 warning". The Business Journals.
  3. ^ "The Russian Expat Leading the Fight to Protect America". Esquire.
  4. ^ a b "CrowdStrike's Immigrant Cofounder Fighting Cyber Criminals". Forbes.
  5. ^ "Dmitri Alperovitch talks about reputation-based spam protection". itworld.com.
  6. ^ "Secure Computing to buy CipherTrust". networkworld.com.
  7. ^ "Should Companies Bolster Their Cybersecurity by 'Hacking Back?'". Fortune.
  8. ^ "Tech firm moving headquarters from Hudson to St. Paul". The Business Journals.
  9. ^ Kim Zetter (January 14, 2010). "Google Hack Attack Was Ultra Sophisticated, New Details Show". Wired. Retrieved November 23, 2012.
  10. ^ Nathan Hodge and Adam Entous (February 10, 2011). "Oil Firms Hit by Hackers From China, Report Says". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved November 23, 2012.
  11. ^ Jim Finkle (August 3, 2011). "State actor seen in "enormous" range of cyber attacks". Reuters. Retrieved August 3, 2011.
  12. ^ "CrowdStrike: Cloud-Native Endpoint Protection Platform". crowdstrike.com.
  13. ^ a b "Google Capital Bets Big on CrowdStrike to Accelerate Hyper-growth". crowdstrike.com. July 13, 2015.
  14. ^ "These CrowdStrike IPO winners' stakes are now worth billions". Silicon Valley Business Journal. June 14, 2019.
  15. ^ "CrowdStrike's IPO A Stunning Success, $10 Billion Valuation And Rising". The Software Report. June 27, 2019.
  16. ^ "CrowdStrike co-founder Dmitri Alperovitch on his new policy accelerator that's all about action". The Record by Recorded Future. March 19, 2021. Retrieved September 24, 2021.
  17. ^ "About". Silverado Policy Accelerator.
  18. ^ "Russian Invasion of Ukraine is 'Almost Certain,' Cyber Expert Says". SpyTalk. Retrieved November 30, 2022.
  19. ^ "US citizens under personal sanctions, including a ban on entry into the Russian Federation". Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation (in Russian). Retrieved November 30, 2022.
  20. ^ "DHS Launches First-Ever Cyber Safety Review Board". US Department of Homeland Security. Retrieved November 30, 2022.
  21. ^ Page, Carly (February 3, 2022). "Homeland Security establishes the Cyber Safety Review Board to learn the mistakes from past cyber incidents". TechCrunch.
  22. ^ "Homeland Security Advisory Council Members". US Department of Homeland Security. Retrieved November 30, 2022.
  23. ^ "Can the United States Curb the Threat From Cyberspace?". Foreign Affairs. February 4, 2022. Retrieved November 30, 2022.
  24. ^ "Automox Secures $110 Million in Series C Funding to Modernize IT Operations" (Press release).
  25. ^ "Dragos Appoints CrowdStrike Co-founder and CTO Dmitri Alperovitch to Board of Director" (Press release). July 11, 2019.
  26. ^ "Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and CrowdStrike Co-Founder Dmitri Alperovitch Announce Launch of the Alperovitch Institute for Cybersecurity Studies". Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. October 13, 2021. Retrieved October 23, 2021.
  27. ^ "Johns Hopkins to launch degree program in cybersecurity and policy". The Hill. October 13, 2021. Retrieved October 23, 2021.
  28. ^ "Geopolitics Decanted by Silverado". Silverado Policy Accelerator. Retrieved November 30, 2022.
  29. ^ "Feature Interview: How Sandworm prepared Ukraine for a cyber war - Risky Business". risky.biz. Retrieved October 17, 2023.
  30. ^ World on the Brink: How America Can Beat China in the Race for the Twenty-First Century. New York: PublicAffairs. 2024. ISBN 978-1541704091.
  31. ^ "Federal 100: Dmitri Alperovitch". FCW. March 28, 2011. Retrieved November 23, 2012.
  32. ^ "35 Innovators Under 35 2013". MIT Technology Review. August 21, 2013. Retrieved August 23, 2013.
  33. ^ "Dmitri Alperovitch (Politico 50)". POLITICO Magazine. 2017. Retrieved September 12, 2016.
  34. ^ "Dmitri Alperovitch (Fortune 40 Under 40)". Fortune. 2017. Archived from the original on August 24, 2017. Retrieved August 24, 2017.
  35. ^ "Top 100 Leading Global Thinkers". Foreign Policy. October 9, 2013. Archived from the original on December 11, 2013. Retrieved October 9, 2013.

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