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Top Hackers Join Zimperium’s zLabs

2015-04-20 16:00

Joshua Drake and Jimmy Shah join Zimperium’s zLabs Advanced Research and Exploitation team

SAN FRANCISCO – April 20, 2014 – Zimperium, the leader in Enterprise Mobile Security, today announced that it has added top security researcher Joshua J. Drake to its Advanced Research Labs team,  zLabs.  Drake joins Zimperium as senior director of platform research and exploitation, where he will focus on original research including the analysis, discovery, and exploitation of security vulnerabilities in various platforms. Drake was previously director of research science at Accuvant, where he headed up a team of elite vulnerability researchers. Prior to Accuvant, Drake also worked at Rapid7’s Metasploit and VeriSign’s iDefense.

Drake is a well-known mobile attack researcher and has more than 10 years of experience auditing and exploiting a wide range of application and operating system software. His focus on Android since early 2012 led to him becoming the lead author of the “Android Hacker’s Handbook.”  Drake spoke at major industry events such as BlackHat, RSA, CanSecWest, DerbyCon, REcon, Ruxcon/Breakpoint, and Toorcon. Some of Drake’s additional notable accomplishments include exploiting Oracle’s JVM for a win at Pwn2Own 2013, successfully compromising the Android browser via NFC with Georg Wicherski at BlackHat USA 2012, and winning the DefCon 18 CTF with the ACME Pharm team in 2010.

“Joshua is one of the best security researchers in the world, with a unique perspective and understanding of mobile security,” said Zuk Avraham, founder, chairman and CTO of Zimperium. “Joshua joins a team of world-class security researchers.  We and the rest of the security community look forward to seeing what new innovations will come out of zLabs.”

“Zimperium is ahead of the game when it comes to how organizations should be viewing and protecting mobile devices,” said Drake. “Joining this group of top-notch researchers is an amazing opportunity in a market I’m passionate about. I look forward to working with Zuk and the team.”

Drake will be working closely with Jimmy Shah, a former security researcher at AVG, McAfee (Intel), and Symantec, who also recently joined zLabs. Shah has been involved in research for more than a decade with a concentration in mobile malware since the appearance of the first mobile phone worm, SymbOS/Cabir. As Zimperium’s Senior Security Researcher, Shah brings a wide breadth of experience in security research on a variety of mobile and embedded platforms.

“If it’s lighter than a car and has a microprocessor, it’s  likely to be a target and its my job to protect it,” said Shah. “Mobile and embedded, including IoT, threats are increasing not only by the day but by the hour. Zimperium is in the right place and the right time to meet those threats.”

Come meet Zimperium CEO Shridhar Mittal, Founder Zuk Avraham, Joshua J. Drake, Yaniv Karta, Jimmy Shah and the rest of the Z team at their official RSA Yacht party. Additional details and registration can be found here: get.zimperium.com/zparty

About Zimperium
Zimperium is a privately-owned mobile security company that defends organizations from advanced cyber threats in an increasingly mobile workplace. Founded in 2010 by mobile security experts, Zimperium is the first company to use on-device behavior-based analytics to detect and protect devices against host and network-based threats wherever business takes them.

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