ShapeShift AG Hires New Chief Information Security Officer

Bitcoin exchange ShapeShift AG has announced the new appointment of Michael Perklin as Chief Information Security Officer. His role will be to oversee ShapeShift’s information security architecture, and ensure all of the company’s services are operating with the best-practices in blockchain operational security. Perklin has pioneered the standardization of security-related best practices in the industry.

Perklin stated: “I’m excited to join ShapeShift due to their constant innovation in the blockchain space. Their non-custodial exchange has proven that customers are safer when their user information and assets are not collected or stored. It’s an honor and a privilege to be joining such a bright, talented team with forward-thinking new technologies on the horizon.”

First working with ShapeShift during the company’s April 2016 security breach, Perklin conducted the investigation and authored the subsequent post-mortem report. His successful investigation allowed ShapeShift to establish cause and secure the platform, enabling the instant exchange service to relaunch the following month.

Erik Voorhees, ShapeShift CEO, remarked: “When ShapeShift was hacked in the Spring of 2016, we worked with Michael to audit and investigate. His expertise was matched only by our enthusiasm for working alongside him. Following the investigation, he decided to invest in ShapeShift, and we’re thrilled to now bring him on board full time as CISO. Michael Perklin has pioneered the standardization of security-related best practices in the industry. He’s a talented individual of immense character, and happens to be one of the world’s foremost blockchain security experts. We couldn’t be more pleased to have someone of his caliber joining the team.”

Perklin comes to ShapeShift with over a decade of experience in performing digital forensic examinations, cyber investigations and incident response post-mortems. He is known in the Bitcoin and blockchain sector for founding Canada’s first blockchain security consulting company, Bitcoinsultants, as well as co-authoring the CyptoCurrency Security Standard, work that has secured hundreds of millions of dollars of digital assets.

Prior to joining ShapeShift, Perklin served as Head of Security and Investigative Services at Ledger Labs, Inc, as Lead Digital Investigator for Rogers Communications and was a digital-forensic and security consultant for Froese Forensic Partners. Additionally, he is president of C4, a non-profit standards organization dedicated to developing and maintaining standards that assist organizations in using blockchain technology. He is a prolific speaker on blockchain and security, addressing both technical and non-technical audiences.

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