Cybersecurity firm Censys hires new technology chief

Fresh off an investment round that netted the company $15.5 million, Ann Arbor cybersecurity firm Censys Inc. has a new executive running innovation and technical strategy.

The company announced Monday that Derek Abdine, a veteran of cybersecurity companies, had been hired as the company’s new chief technology officer. Abdine, 37, will remain based in Los Angeles but travel to Ann Arbor quarterly once the COVID-19 pandemic subsides.

“I joined Censys because companies still face significant challenges securing systems despite a robust cybersecurity industry and there is a shared belief that one of the core issues for this stems from problems with internet-facing configuration and computing infrastructure,” Abdine said in a news release. “Censys is one of the few companies I’ve seen that is truly innovating in cybersecurity, and their team is loaded with some of the brightest, focused people in the industry.”

Prior to joining Censys, Abdine worked as the head of labs at Boston security automation firm Rapid7 Inc. (NASDAQ: RPD), a company with a market cap of over $3 billion.

Abdine holds a bachelor of science degree in Computer Engineering from California State University-Long Beach.

“We hired Derek because he was maintaining some of the most innovative projects around Internet visibility in the world,” Censys CEO and co-founder David Corcoran said in the release. “Why not merge our efforts and be hands down the absolute best source of Internet visibility by a long shot?”

Censys closed on a $15.5 million funding round in August and executives there have said they plan to go on a hiring spree, growing the company’s ranks to over 100 people by the end of next year.

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