REDWOOD CITY, CA–Lastline, Inc, the leader in advanced malware detection and protection today announced the appointment of Bert Rankin as Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) and Mark Strutner as Vice President of Sales. The announcement caps a significant period of market momentum, growth and recognition for the cyber security leader.

Rankin brings thirty years of high tech marketing experience and a proven record of accomplishment. As CMO, he will lead Lastline’s branding and corporate visibility, product marketing, corporate communications and demand generation campaigns. He joins Lastline from Fortscale and previously served as CMO for ThreatMetrix, where he was responsible for developing their global corporate presence and overseeing a marketing strategy that resulted in clear market leadership.

“Senior executives and their IT staffs are increasingly placing enterprise security at the top of their priorities,” said Christopher Kruegel, Co-Founder and CEO, Lastline. “Bert’s insight, experience and passion will inform the market, and leverage and expand upon Lastline’s growing reputation as the industry’s most effective and transformative solution for detecting advanced malware threats and stopping data breaches.”

“Since its inception Lastline has been tightly focused on advancing the real-time detection, analysis and mitigation of the most pernicious forms of malware,” said Rankin. “This effort has been richly rewarded over the last year with a singularly impressive stream of high profile customer accounts, dynamic partner relationships, stellar third party test results and numerous industry awards. I am excited to be joining the team and I look forward to translating Lastline’s industry-leading advances into greater market growth, which will in turn help enterprises of all sizes to best defend their most strategic assets.”

Strutner most recently served as Vice President of Worldwide Sales and Services of RiskVision, the leading independent provider of integrated solutions for operational and security risk programs. He has previously held senior executive sales positions with Resolution1 Security, Veracode and ArcSight.

“As enterprise and partner demand for our award-winning advanced malware detection and mitigation solutions grows, we are attracting exceptional senior talent to our team, and we are delighted to have Mark on board to drive our sales strategy and growth,” said Kruegel. “His experience, insight and impressive track record of accomplishment will be invaluable in translating Lastline’s exceptionally effective, advanced malware detection and mitigation solutions into market adoption and growth.”

“I’m excited to be joining the Lastline team who have developed the best of breed in real-time advanced malware analysis providing enterprises with unmatched results in threat intelligence solutions that are actually actionable and produce measurable results,” said Strutner.

“This is a pivotal period for the cyber security industry and an even more pivotal time for enterprise executives, IT and security professionals. It’s increasingly apparent that ‘follow the leader’ strategies and longstanding practices are no defense against today’s aggressive and well-armed cyber criminals, and that Lastline’s award-winning platform delivers the industry’s best detection and defense against advanced malware to protect strategic organizational assets,” he added.

Lastline was the top performer in NSS Labs 2016 Breach Detection Study, and has the distinction of being the first and only company to ever achieve 100% detection with zero false positives. Lastline also scored the highest in current product offerings among the eleven malware detection solutions evaluated by Forrester Research in The Forrester Wave™: Automated Malware Analysis, Q2 2016. Lastline’s breakthrough platform – which elicits and thwarts malware behaviors that are left undetected by other products – was recently granted a US patent.

About Lastline

Lastline focuses on real-time analysis of advanced malware and knowing the Internet’s malicious infrastructure. The company’s patented technology leads the industry in the detection of active breaches caused by advanced persistent threats, targeted attacks and evasive malware. Lastline’s Deep Content Inspection™ goes beyond the legacy malware analysis used in most firewalls, UTM’s, IPS systems, and antimalware software. Lastline’s open architecture integrates advanced threat defenses and intelligence into existing operational workflows and security systems. Inspection of suspicious objects occurs at scale in real-time using a full-system emulation approach to sandboxing that is superior to virtual machine-based and OS emulation techniques. Lastline’s technology correlates network and object analysis to achieve timely breach confirmation and incident response. Lastline was built by Anubis and Wepawet researchers and industry veterans with decades of experience focused specifically on advanced breach weaponry and tactics.

Headquartered in Redwood City, California with offices throughout North America, Europe and Asia, Lastline’s platform is used by global managed security service providers, Global 2000 enterprises and leading security vendors worldwide. To learn more, visit