Cmd Appoints New CEO for the Next Phase of Growth

Cybersecurity executive Santosh Krishnan appointed CEO as the company continues to strengthen its position in Linux infrastructure security

VANCOUVER – FEBRUARY 25, 2021 – Cmd, the Linux security company, today announces the appointment of Santosh Krishnan as Chief Executive Officer to help build the next cybersecurity leader and continue to execute on the company’s mission to secure the modern infrastructure. Santosh joined Cmd in November 2020 and takes over from cofounder Jake King, who has stepped into the Chief Security Officer role, in which he will leverage his expertise and Infosec experience to direct security strategy for the company and continue to bring value to its customers.

Santosh is an experienced product and go-to-market executive with a long track record of scaling businesses and bringing innovative products to market. He joins Cmd from Lookout, a leader in mobile and post-perimeter security, where he led the company’s product and marketing teams as Chief Product Officer and helped the company expand into the enterprise market. Prior to Lookout, he held leadership positions at Akamai and Bell Laboratories. He holds degrees in Computer Science from Columbia University and IIT, Bombay.

Santosh Krishnan said: “As more workloads migrate to the cloud, our expertise in infrastructure Linux fills a much needed gap in runtime security. I look forward to building on the success of the company so far and alleviating the problems faced by modern Infosec teams.”

Towards comprehensive runtime security for Linux

Cmd was founded by Jake King and Milun Tesovic in 2016 with a focus on securing infrastructure Linux, from datacenter to the cloud, spanning bare metal, hypervisors and containers. Infosec teams have historically relied on logging and analytics tools, and sometimes on retrofitting endpoint security solutions, together with in-house engineering to gain much needed runtime visibility, alerting, detection, forensics and incident response capabilities. Cmd’s Infrastructure Detection and Response (IDR) platform addresses their security concerns by providing real-time views, long-window analytics, proactive controls on sensitive events, and intuitive response workflows–Linux security need no longer be an afterthought.

Cmd is currently deployed at several leading SaaS providers and private data-centers, addressing use cases ranging from compliance to defense-in-depth. Santosh will build on the company’s successes so far and help strengthen its position in runtime infrastructure security. With prior funding from GV, Amplify, Expa and Decibel, and growing year-over-year revenue, Cmd is ready for its next phase of growth.

About Cmd

Cmd is focused on protecting Production Linux environments running in the cloud and in data centers. Our lightweight platform provides visibility into Linux activity, addresses audit & compliance gaps, implements controls that keep DevOps safe, and triggers alerts on hard-to-find Linux threats. For more information, visit or follow us @cmd_security.

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