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Chris Rothe's Red Canary on the lookout for cyber threats

Chief Technology Officer and co-founder Chris Rothe finds bad guys fast





Chris Rothe worked in software development and architected large data processing systems for the defense and intelligence community at Lockheed Martin before co-founding Red Canary. He and co-founders Brian Beyer and Keith McCammon worked at the computer security firm Kyrus. 


Red Canary offers a service that helps companies monitor their computers and look for signs of cyberattacks. The multi-step process uses, among other tools, endpoint sensors, behavior analytics and threat intelligence. A computer network has thousands of events every day, and most companies don’t have the IT resources to monitor all those events, figure out which ones might be problematic, and triage the threats. “We build a platform to allow those scarce resources to be efficient,” Rothe says. “We can find bad guys really quickly.” 


Rothe points to his late father, an engineer, as his inspiration. “I learned everything about computers from him at a young age,” he says. “He passed away when I was 14, and ever since, I’ve been following the path he laid out for me. In my career:

"I’m trying to do things he would be proud of,” – Chris Rothe


The company has about 30 people, and Rothe’s team consists of six engineers and other tech professionals. “One of our core values is we trust our employees,” he says. “We don’t have heavy handed or micro management. We have a really collaborative environment.” 


People are taking cybersecurity more seriously now than ever. “I think we will continue to see that progress and increase,” he says. “Hopefully people will consider security as a core discipline of their companies.”

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Nora Caley

Nora Caley is a freelance writer specializing in business and food topics.

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